A Most Coincidental Christmas Plum Pudding.

TranquilpenStarred Page By Tranquilpen, 14th Dec 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3zbx8he6/
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Emile Deschamps was attending a Christmas eve dinner many years later
where the highlight of the evening,was English plum pudding for
dessert.Deschamps remarked to his hostess jokingly: "Then I know M de
Fortgibu would be here"...

The Boarding School At Orleans, Where It All Began

A couple of very strange coincidences started in Orleans in France in 1800
The world famous romantic poet Emile Deschamps who was living in a boarding school met M de Fortgibu, a Frenchman, who had recently returned from England and who also introduced Deschamps to a great English treat called plum pudding.
At the first taste of this cullinary delight, Deschamps was over the moon with its
delicate fruity taste.

The English Plum Pudding In The Window

Deschamps was passing by a restaurant on Boulevard Poissoniere on Christmas eve,
ten years later, when he gazed over to the cozy decorated interior and the
Christmas tree in the corner, he was about to continue his journey when
he suddenly noticed a traditional English plum pudding in the window.

Suddenly a deluge of happy memories came flooding into his mind, of his first and only
taste of that delectable pudding and of his French friend Colonel M de Fortgibu. Un-
able to contain his desire for another taste, he rushed into the restaurant and asked
to buy a slice of the pudding in the window.

Two Friends And A Plum Pudding Meet Again Ten Years Later

The hostess informed him that a customer had already bought the pudding
He looked so disappointed that she went over to one of her customers, an old
gentleman in a Colonels uniform sitting alone at one of her tables: "M de Fortgibu,
she asked, would you have the goodness to share your plum pudding
with this gentleman"?
The two friends from Orleans were extremely pleased to
become re aquainted after ten years, and to share their Christmas treat once again.

"Then I Know M de Fortgibu Would Be Here"

One Christmas eve, many, many years later, Emile Deschamps was attending a Christmas dinner party where the main feature was a traditional English plum
pudding for dessert. At the mention of the pudding, he jokingly remarked to his
hostess: "Then I know M de Fortgibu would be here". He then proceeded to tell the
facinating tale of the only two times in his life, when he had ever eaten
English plum pudding, and that it was, while in the company of M de Fortgibu.

Toward the end of the meal, the plum pudding was brought in and one of the
guests was remarking that his friend seemed to have missed this occasion.
Just then the butler opened the diningroom door and announced M de Fortgibu.
Deschamps was at a complete loss for words at that moment and merely stared
as an older version of his friend slowly walked into the room and seated
himself while casting puzzled glances at the strangely unfamilliar faces around
the table.

Colonel M de Fortgibu Arrives.

As it turned out, Colonel M de Fortgibu was invited to another dinner party
held in the same building that evening and had knocked on the wrong door by accident.
This lead to Deschamps later making the folowing remark: "Three times in my life
have I eaten plum pudding, and three times have I seen M de Fortgibu! A fourth
time I should feel capable of anything... or capable of nothing!"

PS.

"If, like me your mouth is watering too after reading the article,
I urge you to please visit this incredible website and download
the really greatest plum pudding ever. These days, it is so hard to find
anything really wholesome and worthwhile, especially on the Internet as
you all know.

Well I wanted to find a really top quality share for all of you who have
so graciously supported me through my article writing blunderings and for just
having always been there with arms outstretched across the oceans with the death of
my doggie child Bisto

PPS.

so here it is a fantastic version of English plum pudding,
(we tried it out first} as I would imagine Colonel M de Fortgibu had
shared with his friend Emile Deschamps at their first meeting in
Orleans.

This recipe has received 50 reviews which you can read right there on
their website. and once you land on the page, you get a really useful
FREE RECIPE APP.
which I am leaving you as a surprise,
just click: >PLUM PUDDING

Merry Christmas to all of you,
my extended family, the Wikinutters."


Tell us all about your special holiday dish here at wikinut

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author avatar Tranquilpen
15th Dec 2011 (#)

Thank you Johnny for moderating this article for me and for the star, you selfless moderators are what keeps Wikinut alive God bless you and Mark G Brown as well

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
15th Dec 2011 (#)

Thank you Tranqilpen. I have enjoyed knowing you and reading your pages, You and the Wikinutters are very valuable to me.
I wonder why plum pudding has no plums?
Love, Ivyevelyn.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
15th Dec 2011 (#)

I just love you too dear Ivy, I so enjoyed writing about that special plum pudding it made my mouth water, I could just see the wonderful adventurous part this pudding had played in the lives of these two French friends. When I finally found the perfect plum pudding, there were no plums in it!, this got me worried, as I did so want to round off this article with a spectacular plum pudding recipe. It is off course more of a moist Christmas cake, rather than a pudding and as you so rightly point out, are the lack of plums. Might they originally have used prunes, I wonder? Stay safe and snug over the holidays my friend, I do so hope that you will share Christmas day with someone special:-)) XXX

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author avatar Jerry Walch
15th Dec 2011 (#)

Very interesting read. well written. Well deserved star.

Happy Holidays!

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author avatar Tranquilpen
15th Dec 2011 (#)

Well, well. what a most pleasant surprise, Jerry, seeing your face again my friend. Happy that you are back, the absence of your encouraging comments left a great big void. I trust that ytou are well.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
19th Dec 2011 (#)

Thanks Tranquilpen. I'm starting life over at the ripe old age of 68 but things are getting better. I now live in the beautiful Rocky Mountain State of Colorado. Been here since July.

I really don't have a sweet tooth but I'm tempted to cook up a batch of that bloodpudding to take to the omeless shelter where I volunteer but the booze would be a big no-no since the shelter is operated by the Salvation Army.

Happy Holidays my friend.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
20th Dec 2011 (#)

Hello Jerry, I am a fair judge of character and I can unequivocally say, that if anyone can succeed at starting over my friend, you can. I know that we are thousands of miles apart, all of us wikinutters but within the bounds of our writing, we are linked together. Just remember, to take it one day at a time my friend after all, we have all only been today, tomorrow is but a dream.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
20th Dec 2011 (#)

Sorry: "Given"

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author avatar ittech
15th Dec 2011 (#)

very interesting read thanks

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author avatar Tranquilpen
15th Dec 2011 (#)

Hello I Tech, thank you for visiting this page my friend. Happy holidays to you.

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author avatar Denise O
15th Dec 2011 (#)

Nice story tranquil. I checked out the Christmas pudding and geesh, no wonder why y'all like. It has a lot of booze in it, gotta love it! May you and yours have a Wonderful Christmas. Great page. Congrats on the star page, it is well deserved. As always, thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Tranquilpen
15th Dec 2011 (#)

Hello Denise, trust you to comment on the booze part first, my friend. Don't you worry about that though, If like me you don't have much use for alcohol during the rest of the year, this sure makes up that and then some. Had myself a nice long snooze after lunch last Sunday, thanks to the pudding. God bless you and the family over the holidays my friend:-)) X

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author avatar Buzz
15th Dec 2011 (#)

I've always wondered if you're British who had immigrated to South Africa, dear friend. Great write and star page!

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author avatar Tranquilpen
15th Dec 2011 (#)

Part Dutch and part Brit Buzz my friend, In 1652 when Jan van Riebeeck the Hollander, landed in Table Bay to establish a supply depot for the Dutch East India Company, my ancestor Andries Hartslief (Hearts Love) was a stowaway on board one of the three ships, so the story goes, he met and eloped with a British lass Catherine Faure' Whos'e father was a local merchant in Cape Town at the time. Happy holidays my friend to you and yours.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
15th Dec 2011 (#)

Lovely, very enjoyable Christmas page, thank you Tranquilpen:0)

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author avatar Tranquilpen
15th Dec 2011 (#)

Hello Delicia I'm so glad you enjoyed reading it dear friend. Happy holidays again :-))

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
16th Dec 2011 (#)

yum yum and I remember when my grandmother made them...so delicious..she prepared them a year ahead of time so they would morph into the incredible taste they had..then topped with brandy and a match oh oh oh
thanks so much Tranquilpen

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author avatar Tranquilpen
16th Dec 2011 (#)

Hello,CNWriter, I'm so glad you enjoyed the article.my mom used to hide silver Tickey coins in them, I remember that ours were also made months before the time. Your comments are always so passionate, you really make my day. Have a great Christmas my friend

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author avatar D in The Darling
16th Dec 2011 (#)

Super as usual.
I guess I'm lucky that those words managed to slip between my fingers after trying my lips but refused to open coz I was so speechless!

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author avatar Tranquilpen
16th Dec 2011 (#)

HelloD great to have your super comments my friend, they always inspire me my friend, I hope you are going to try a plum pudding this year. We tried the featured one and really enjoyed it.Merry Christmas to you and your good lady.

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author avatar Bridgitte Williams
18th Dec 2011 (#)

Wonderful article! :-) And, yum! MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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author avatar Tranquilpen
18th Dec 2011 (#)

You're so very welcome Bridgitte, thank you for reading. Merry Christmas to you and yours:-)) X

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author avatar Sheila Newton
18th Dec 2011 (#)

I clicked!!!! Got the recipe. Wonder what it'll turn out like - I'm a lousy cook!!!! Fabulous page, honey.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
18th Dec 2011 (#)

Thank you Sheila you won't regret trying the recipe, it's dead simple, really. You have yourself an amazing Christmas and a good rest, so you can come back with those great inspiring comments on my articles.

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author avatar vpaulose
19th Dec 2011 (#)

Interesting. Thank you Tranquilpen. Can you suggest some ideas for better writing?

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author avatar Tranquilpen
20th Dec 2011 (#)

Hello VPaulose, I would certainly share my knowledge with you my friend, writing articles was a problem for me before, until I received assistance from a late journalist friend of mine. There are two methods I use to find good topics on, one is called word tracker.com, It is very good but I feel you should rather start at the non technical basic option where I did and several other visitors to my site. It is so easy, you will not believe your eyes, I am so confident, looking at your work here on wikinut, that you will be able to publish a 500 word article, that people will enjoy reading , within 40 minutes to an hour after applying my tips, you will also be writing all your own original content as well.I have prepared a short, simple training article on my website, for anyone who wants to write beautifully within minutes, and it is all free, I promise you. Please Google this URL: tranquilpen.wordpress.com. All I ask in return, is to rate my work and to link back to your website afterwards. Enjoy, and have a Blessed Christmas, you and your family

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
20th Dec 2011 (#)

Enjoyable.. Merry Christmas...

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author avatar Tranquilpen
20th Dec 2011 (#)

Hello Md. Rezaul Karim, welcome to my page, thank you for reading it my friend. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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author avatar Songbird B
6th Jan 2012 (#)

I am working my way through my backlog of pages Andre, and wouldn't have bypassed yours for the world..Sorry that I am a bit late, but what a fantastic Star page and a great recipe too! Hope your Christmas and New Year were extra special my dear friend..

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author avatar Tranquilpen
7th Jan 2012 (#)

Well hello Bev!, did you catch it? I just sent you a bit of this "sweltering' 85 deg. F. heat from Durban, just a tiny bit though, not enough to cause a melt down. Thank you for reading my pages. I'm battling to get through all of your great pages as well dear friend GBY.:-))

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author avatar Songbird B
7th Jan 2012 (#)

Well, for Winter in the UK, it is surprisingly mild, so now I know why! LOL..I love reading your pages and picking up your comments too my dear friend..\0/x

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author avatar Tranquilpen
8th Jan 2012 (#)

Ha, Ha, now you know why! :-))

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
21st Jan 2012 (#)

What the European once did, now prohibiting others- for example- migration! I wonder if I was right!

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