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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pease_pudding - Pease Pudding  ( or pease porridge in the nursery rhymes ) Seems to be extremely localised to the north east of england.
Sold in almost every butchers shop, or delicatessan in the north east, and ideal for eating with ham or gammon, or sausages or.... Er, anyway, I now live 100 miles south of where I was born, and its  unknown. I've tried explaining it in shops and gotten nothing but a raised eyebrow.

I'm wondering if it is popular anywhere else, geographically, or if its one of those weird north east england  things. Did it travel to foreign climes?
( And if so why not yorkshire!)


I'm an out-and-out Southerner (never lived north of Cambridge) and I've never eaten or even seen it, though I've heard of it, of course, from that nursery rhyme.

I've always enjoyed reciting nursery rhymes, and often wondered about Pease Porridge . Thank you for the link*!

What I remember of the rhyme : Pease porridge hot, pease porridge cold, pease porridge in the pot 9 days old.

I have a couple of questions: Why would it be in the pot 9 days? Does it get refrigerated?

*It sounds almost like what I make during the wintertime - Split Pea Soup - except, instead of dried green split peas, yellow split peas are used. I grew up in the northeastern part of the USA. My Mother would make Split Pea Soup maybe once a year. I now live in Kentucky, USA, and I've never heard of any of my friends or co-workers making split pea soup. 


We didn't have pease pudding in Lincolnshire, where I grew up. I'm not sure where it stops being sold- somewhere around the Tees maybe?

My dad's parents are Geordies who moved down to Somerset in the late 70s. We still have a big dish of pease pudding on all special occasions. I must admit that I'm not a big fan (the texture really bothers me), but it is popular among the rest of the family.

I've never seen it in any shops down here though, and my southerner friends have never had it. One of my friends actually refused to believe that it was a real thing!

--- Quote from: AmethystAnne on January 23, 2012, 11:22:17 PM ---I have a couple of questions: Why would it be in the pot 9 days? Does it get refrigerated?
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I'm not sure exactly why it's "nine days", but I know it keeps pretty well. My grandmother used to make a large pot of it on Christmas Eve, and they'd still be eating it by New Year's. It is refrigerated, and you can reheat it.


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