With all the items in my inbox this morning, ranging from American conspiracies for the Middle East, the shooting of 11 indigenous Christian missionaries in Iraq, the heroic saving of a young woman by a young man at the College shooting in Oregon... I just want to say a word about Dr. Oetker Pudding.
You can purchase the pudding powered simply packed in thin paper in quantities of three or five, for a good price. The sugar has not yet been added, which makes the packages smaller, cheaper to transport and therefore environmentally more friendly.
The pudding powder comes in many, many flavors and I buy mine usually at an Italian store that distributes various other European products. The whole array of the Dr. Oetker pudding line is much superior to, for example, a Jello product, so I want to advertise it, here.
My grandmother used to make me a nut flavored pudding, which I have not seen in stores.
It must exist because it seems you can purchase this one in Istanbul, though my grandmother's wasn't chocolately like this one.
There is also a pistachio flavor:
And one with almonds:
In any case, be it in our house growing up, in my grandparents' house visiting, or cooking for my own family, a simple Dr. Oetker pudding has always been a delightful treat. My husband, himself, is a dedicated fanatic--here we have a simple way to his heart. Last night we cooked a caramel pudding. I make mine in the microwave, which simplifies the procedure and clean-up--no more scorched bottoms of the pot, as in the old days.
But today, I am remembering my grandmother. I saw her often, but I don't know very much about her. She had a twin sister, not identical, whom I had only met a couple of times. She got up early to start the fires in all the little briquette ovens in the house. She did not like innovation in technology. She steadfastly resisted all improvements.
She always said that she loved all food--that she had cooked herself.
The other thing she made me was a soup from a stock that came from a tube. It also was incredibly delicious.
She had long silver hair which she braided and laid in a knot in the back. My other grandmother did the same thing. She wore sensible dresses and shoes, very decent in darker colors.
She always knew who had lately died, as they were in the demographic. People were always dropping in, as my grandfather was an elder in the congregation. They brought boxes of European chocolates and wine, which always lay around the house, and we got into them (--the chocolate, not the wine.)
There were many fruit trees and fruit-bearing bushes around the house. We would go pick from them, eat them or bring in plate-fulls for the grandparents to appreciate.
The red currents went particularly well with the vanilla pudding.