It's that time of year.
Autumn's mellow fruitfulness is beginning to give way to the chill of winter.
The nights are drawing in.
It's already dark when I leave work.
Food needs to comfort.
Tonight my comfort food was Corner Puddings.
A big comforting pot of mince and gravy topped with oven baked suet dumplings.
Hubby asked "What's for tea?"
I replied " mince and dumplings."
"Mmmm corner puddings" came back the response.
It got me thinking.
My mam always calls mince and dumplings corner puddings, my mother in law calls it corner puddings. My late dad would call it "puddings in the corner". (Even when baked in a round dish!)
I can't remember when I began calling it "mince and dumplings" but I do, as do my dear daughters.
Still whatever it's name, it's good warming traditional fare, perfect for a chilly evening.
We had ours tonight with potato and turnip (I think those from more southerly parts of the UK will call it swede) mashed together, what our Scottish neighbours would call neeps and tatties, carrots and cabbage.
Cheap, filling, warming and comforting - whatever the name.