Black Pudding News – September 2015

Here at Albert Matthews we’re big fans of Bury Black Pudding and it’s always good to see what’s going on in the world of Black Pudding so here’s the latest news that has been going on in September.

The Black Pudding Annual Throwing Championships in Ramsbottom.

September is a big month for Bury Black Pudding. The annual black pudding throwing championships takes place in the middle of Ramsbottom outside the Royal Oak. Contestants have to throw Chadwick’s Bury Black Puddings at a 20 foot high plinth with Yorkshire Puddings on it. The winner is the person who knocks off the most amount of Yorkshire puddings. A local builder , Mark Cannon, 52, took the title this year. 


 John Torode Declares his love of Black Pudding….

The well known Celebrity Chef and presenter of Master Chef has recently been travelling around the north doing a number of different Food festivals. John particularly likes the honesty of Northern Food and specifically pointed out his love of Lancashire Hot pot, Black Pudding and Yorkshire Pudding.

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Sad news as Charles Macleod passes away – the man responsible for gaining EU Protection for Stornoway Black Pudding.

Sadly Charles Macleod passed away in September. Charles had worked with the other producers of Stornoway Black Pudding to put EU protection in place meaning black pudding could only be called Stornoway if it was produced in the town or parish of Stornoway on Lewis.

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Northerners say “yes” to Black Pudding in a Full English Breakfast

It’s official Northerners insist on having black pudding as part of their Full English Breakfast. Mitchell’s and Butler the national pub group recently surveyed 2000 people to find out what they think should be in a Full English breakfast. Apparently in London they want bubble and squeak with their breakfast and chips but no black pudding. Shocking behaviour if you ask me!!!

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Bury Black Pudding Burger with BBQ Bourbon Sauce

The idea for the recipe comes from a restaurant customer of ours based over in Liverpool, when we lasted visited they had just had a taster menu evening and the dish that got the best feedback was Chadwick’s Bury black pudding with a Bourbon BBQ sauce. I few days later I noticed a tweet from the same customer where they had taken the idea further and made it into a burger. I liked that idea, black pudding recipes always seem a bit old hat or a bit classical,  using black pudding in a burger is fun, quick, on trend most importantly tastes great. Here’s my version of the recipe. Enjoy I know I did after I cooked it!!!


Get the grill on full, oven heating at 180°C and a griddle pan heating up.

Start by getting yourself a good quality Brioche burger bun. Out of all the major supermarkets ALDI do the best one. It’s amazing how many burger restaurants I’ve spoken to who make a bee line for ALDI if they run out of burger buns over weekend service.

Brioche Burger Bun

Place 3 or 4 Onion rings in the oven. I’ve used breaded ones in the photo but I think battered ones are better. Follow the instructions on the packet but they usually take about 15 mins to cook. You’ll need two rings for each burger the spare ones are what like I to call chef’s treats i.e. eat them!!!

Breaded Onion Rings in an oven tray

Now it’s time to make the Bourbon whiskey sauce. Take half an onion and mince it finely then place in a pan on medium heat with 4 cloves of chopped garlic, and 3 to 4 cups of bourbon whisky and allow to simmer for 10 minutes until the onion is translucent. Then mix in ½ a teaspoon of ground black pepper, ½ teaspoon of salt, 2 cups of ketchup, ¼ cups of tomato paste, ⅓ cup tomato paste, ⅓ cup cider vinegar, 2 tablespoons of liquid smoke, ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce, ½ cups brown sugar, ⅓ teaspoon hot pepper sauce.  Bring to a boil then reduce the heat to medium/low and simmer for 20 minutes or until ready to use. Run through a strainer if a smooth sauce is preferred.

(SPEEDY OPTION – Buy a bottle of barbecue sauce, decant into a pan and place on a low heat, add a miniature bottle of Burbon then allow to simmer for 20 minutes, careful not to let the sauce catch on the bottom of the pan)

Bourbon BBQ Sauce in a pan

Cut your piece of Bury Black pudding in half and place half of it under the grill. It’ll take approximately 10 mins to cook.

Bury Black Pudding under the grill

Now it’s time to get the burger cooking. I like to use a 6oz burger, that’s the size you get in most restaurants and it tends to fill the bun perfectly. Quarter pounders (4oz) always seem a bit small particularly the ones from supermarkets which shrink dramatically in size when cooked.  If you can’t find a 6oz burger make them yourself, it literally takes less than 5 mins to make a burger. I use a griddle pan to cook the burgers off so I get nice char marks. Make sure the pan is pre heated as hot as possible before placing the burger in it. Place the burger in the pan and cook for approximately 6 mins each side until the centre is piping hot. The best way to check the burger is done is with a temperature probe, it needs to be 75°C in the middle.

 Beef burger in the grill pan

Once the burger is half way through cooking you can now add some streaky bacon to the pan. I used our black strap bacon but any streaky will do. 

Streaky bacon

Once the burger is cooked add some Cheese on top, on this occasion I used cheddar but Gruyère or any other good melting cheese can be used. I then remove the bacon from the pan and place it under the grill to melt the cheese.

Burger topped with cheese

Now it’s time to construct the burger!! Add mustard to the base of the bun, two lettuce leaves, the burger and the two rashers of bacon.

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Then add the black pudding, two onion rings and finally cover the top in the bourbon barbecue sauce.


Voila!! You now have yourself an absolutely delicious Bury Black Pudding And BBQ Bourbon Burger. Great served with fries or even sweet potato fries.



Bury Black Pudding and Fried Egg Oven Bottom Muffin

 Chadwick’s Bury Black Pudding and the oven bottom muffin there are few food products more synonymous with Lancashire. If you combine the two and add an egg then you end up with a real Lancashire speciality “The Bury Black Pudding and Fried Egg Oven Bottom Muffin”.


How to make a Lancashire Bury Black Pudding and Egg Oven Bottom Muffin


1. Take a Chadwick’s Original Bury Black Pudding and slice it in two.

Sliced Chadwicks Bury Black Pudding

2. Place the two slices of black pudding under a medium grill and a cook for approximately 10 minutes until piping hot in the middle.

Sliced Chadwick's Bury Black Pudding ready to be grilled.

3. Slice a Lancashire oven bottom muffin into two pieces, a base and a lid (Sheldons bakery make great Lancashire oven bottom muffins). 

Lancashire oven bottom muffin

4. Heat two tablespoons of sunflower oil in a small frying pan and add the egg. Cook the egg until the white is firm and the yolk is perfectly runny.

Fried Egg

5. When the Bury Black Pudding and Egg is ready it’s time to construct!! Take the bottom slice of the oven bottom muffin (butter optional) and add one of the halves of cooked Chadwicks Bury Black Pudding. 

Cooked Bury Black Pudding on oven bottom muffin base

6. Now carefully add the fried egg on top of the black pudding, careful not to break the yoke.

Cooked Bury Black Pudding and Fried Egg on oven bottom muffin base

7. Now add the oven bottom muffin lid and enjoy the best of Lancashire!!!

Lancashire Bury Black Pudding and Fried Egg, Oven Bottom Muffin


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Is Black Pudding Good For You

black puddingIf you are living within the European continent, it won’t be surprising if you are among those people who love to eat black pudding for breakfast. This is a practice that these people commonly share. But even with its gained popularity over the past decades, there are still some questions that leave people thinking concerning this breakfast. One of these questions is whether consuming black pudding is truly good for people.

According to Environment Minister Liz Truss

She is one of those people, or government ministers, who further helped in making this food more popular. Liz states that she loves black pudding. But her children do not share the same interest and are likely to go elsewhere away from the kitchen at the idea of eating blood sausage. Of course, she made the effort of persuading them and doing all possible things to make them consume the food. After all, as what she has reasoned, it is good for you.

How? Black pudding is said to be a good source of potassium, magnesium, calcium, protein and iron. In the end, she was able to successfully make her children eat the said food with a different approach, which was in the form of a chocolate and chili black pudding.

Said to be a Healthy Alternative

Are you on a diet? If you are, you will likely benefit from consuming this unique and favored European breakfast. That is because it is said to be a healthy dish that is rich in protein. More importantly, the food is carb-free, a fact that makes it an ideal replacement for a British sausage if you are trying to avoid food high in carbs. Also, this food is also found to have few calories than the other sausage types. Aside from that, it is also rich in two of the most essential nutrients that people commonly missed out on, zinc and iron.

A Food Rich in Protein and Iron Has its Perks

You may not believe it, but black pudding is truly a beneficial food that is good for you? Just consider the fact that it is rich in protein and iron. Iron is essential in making healthy blood cells as well as in preventing anemia. Deficiency in this iron would mean and always lead to fatigue as well as lack of the ability to concentrate well.

Black Pudding for Pregnant Moms

There are some foods that are prohibited for women to consume during pregnancy. Some would if the list of these foods includes the black pudding. To put these pregnant women at ease, it is safe for them to consume this food during their pregnancy. It is safe for them to consume this food as long as it is thoroughly heated, stored properly and eaten before the stated use-by date.

An expert in the person of Dr. Rana Conway also agreed that it is fine for pregnant women to eat this food. That’s for the fact that it is a rich source of iron, an essential nutrient needed during pregnancy to avoid anemia. However, Dr. Conway also advised for pregnant women to choose well when shopping for this food item. They need to make sure to pick one that is low in fat.

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Black Pudding – How to Cook it.

A piece of lean Bury Black PuddingBlack pudding is a popular delicacy from UK and Ireland that is completely filled with delightful flavour and very rich in nutrients. It is primarily served with foods at breakfast and accompanies by bacon, eggs, toast and sausage. Huge numbers of people are very skeptical about having a try with this food, which is likewise called blood sausages. There are also some who are very reluctant eating such type of food. This is because they are thinking that this is a complicated item for them to cook.

Black pudding is a highly nutritious food that can be cooked and prepared in less than ten minutes. This item can be purchased in different supermarkets and even to specialist butcher where bloods of animals are sold. This is also pack in sausage shape in its sausage casing. Here are the simple yet easy steps you need to follow when you opt to prepare or cook for your own black pudding at home and these are as follows:

Black Pudding Cooking Instructions

  1. Get the black pudding out of its packaging. Make use of a small pair of knife to cut the outer portion of the packaging.
  2. Cut it into slices. It is highly recommended for you to lay it out on a slicing board and then make use of the knife to cut it into different slices. If possible, make the slices of the black pudding approximately half of an inch at about 1 to 1.5 centimeters thick.
  3. Heat the pan. Turn on your stove at an appropriate temperature and let the pan to warm for about three to five minutes.
  4. Add the butter to your pan. Let the added butter to sizzle and melt in the pan for about thirty seconds.
  5. Put now the black pudding on the pan. Fry the food you sliced for about three minutes on any side while turning it regularly. You can make use of spatula in turning the slices to assure that they are all evenly cooked on both of its side.
  6. Sprinkle some pepper, salt to taste. Allow the slices to rest for about two to three minutes and then serve.
  7. Put the black pudding on the plate and then serve it as part of your meal.

These are just some of the simple steps you need to follow when you opt to cook for your own black pudding at home. There is no sauce that can be associated with this black pudding but you can make your own if you want. Black pudding is a good example of highly nutritious foods and though it is not traditionally served to be part of your dish but this can be served as an additional food item that can uphold delicious and palatable taste in your mouth.

Cooking black pudding is not as hard as what you think provided that you have with you the black pudding and all the materials and ingredients that need to be used in the cooking process. Cooking black pudding takes time and effort towards a delicious and healthy dish at the end.

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Black Pudding Nutrition

A piece of lean Bury Black PuddingIs black pudding healthy? Black pudding is also known as blood sausage that is primarily dried, cooked and even mixed with other filler until they are thick enough to be congealed when cooled. This kind of dish is already found worldwide. The common used blood in this black pudding is the pig’s blood but even other animals blood can be used depending on the culture of the country such as duck, goat, cattle and even sheep. In America and Europe, typical fillers used in black pudding includes suet, fat, bread, cornmeal, onions, oatmeal, chestnuts, barley and even meat. In Asia, Portugal and Spain, potato is commonly replaced by rice. When it comes to Kenya fillers they make use of minced beef or goat, red onions and fat.

Black pudding is chosen by most of the people as part of their dish not only because of the delicious and palatable taste it offers but more on the nutrition that it gives to their body. This is due to the fact that such kind of dish is completely filled with nutrients, vitamins and minerals that is healthy and safe for the body. Here are some of the black pudding nutrition fact you need to be aware of with black pudding and these are as follows:

Black Pudding Nutritional Info


When it comes to the calorie content of black pudding it highlights 16.45% of protein, 82.11% of fat and 1.32% of carbs.


This black pudding is also filled with different types of vitamins that are essential and good for your body. Some of the vitamins present in black pudding include vitamin A, B6, B12, C, D, E and K. It also includes Folate, Riboflavin, Niacin, Choline and even Betaine. All of these vitamins are known to effectively offer health benefits to the body which can boost your health and energy.


Apart from the vitamin content of black pudding, it is also proven that such kind of dish also contains different types of minerals such as calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium and even sodium. This also includes zinc, fluoride and all other minerals needed by the body.

Amino Acid and Protein

Protein that makes up black pudding is made up of amino chains. Complete protein also contains essential and healthy amino acids. The combination of amino acid and protein makes this dish safe and healthy for your body.


100 g of black pudding contains approximately 1.29 grams of carbohydrates which is considered to be 0% of the recommended carbohydrate intake of the body.

Fat and Fatty Acids

Black pudding also contains fat and fatty acids that are also essential and healthy for the body.  Good fats are evident in black pudding hence you are pretty sure that this will not post any unhealthy effects in your body since bad fats are not present.

If you are still hesitant to try eating black pudding, all you have to do is to learn more about the nutritional facts that this dish offers. This is truly a safe and healthy food that you need to eat that will not only satisfy your food cravings but can also offer health benefits to your body.

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