Pudding Charms, a seasonal poem by Charlotte Druitt Cole
I found this poem in a children’s poetry collection The Book of Christmas, complied by Fiona Waters and illustrated by Matilda Harrison (Chrysalis Chilidren’s Books, 2004).
The Book of Christmas a was a gift to my daughter from my parents in 2007. I hadn’t come across it before, but it has become a mainstay of our Christmas reading. Fiona Waters’ book is a wonderful collection of seasonal poems and stories and Matilda Harrison’s accompanying drawings are bright and lively.
I hope to feature one or two more poems from the compilation later in the month. Food is such an important part of the festive season, particularly Christmas pudding that I thought I should give over enough space to mouth watering goodies. Just the thought of all that sugar, spice and candied peel being mixed up ready for cooking. Druitt Cole also mentions the traditional charms that go into the pudding…a little bit of magic.
Here is a snatch from Charlotte Druitt Cole’s Pudding Charms:
Currants and raisins, and sugar and spice,
Orange peel, lemon peel – everything nice
Mixed up together, and put in a pan.
And out of her pocket a thimble she drew,
A button of silver, a silver horse – shoe,
And, whisp’ring a charm in the pudding pan popped them,
Then flew up the chimney directly she dropped them.
Hope you like today’s food related piece – edibles will surely feature again…
(illusration Chris Mills, 2012)