An American woman was accused of being ‘xenophobic’ after she refused to try black pudding made by her British mother-in-law on a visit to the UK.
The 28-year-old woman took to Reddit to ask if she had been an ‘a*****e’ to turn down the black pudding, which was made from an 100-year-old family recipe and served as part of a Full English breakfast.
Black pudding is made from pork or beef blood, with pork fat or beef suet, and a cereal, usually oatmeal, oat groats or barley groats.
The woman took to Reddit to ask if she had been an ‘a*****e’ to turn down the black pudding, which was made from an 100-year-old family recipe and served as part of a Full English
The woman, who described the rest of her mother-in-law’s food as ‘bland’, was met with support by the majority of users, who agreed it had been unfair of the mother-in-law
The woman, who described the rest of her mother-in-law’s food as ‘bland’, was met with support by the large majority of users, who agreed it had been unfair of the mother-in-law to make her feel guilty.
British users spoke up to say they had never tried black pudding, despite being from the UK.
The woman, who described herself as Indian-American, said she had been vegetarian until she met her husband three years ago. They made the trip to the UK after he reconnected with his biological father, who is British, and lives there with his family.
She continued: ”The first day we were invited to join them for breakfast at their family home, and his dad’s wife had prepared all kinds of traditional delicacies for us.
Although the food was bland, I powered through most of them because I genuinely appreciated her hard work and didn’t want her to feel bad.
‘However, when it was time for us to try their family favorite, I absolutely “noped” out of it. I did not want to eat black pudding. I know one of the ingredients is blood, and I definitely did not want to eat blood. I refused to. It’s just gross to me [sic].
Commenters were quick to label the stepmother-in-law as pushy and many agreed that they themselves would not try black pudding
‘My step MIL [mother-in-law] tried really hard to convince me to at least try it, as it was apparently a 100 year old family recipe passed down through generations.
‘When I didn’t budge, my step MIL got really offended and accused me of being xenophobic.’
Writing in support of the woman, one user posted: ‘Blood pudding is great (and I think meat eaters should give it a wee go), but it’s hardly unusual for people to be weirded out by it, as you say!
‘Every country that has it makes a joke out of other people not liking it, MIL is looking to be offended.’
Another tried to put her mind at ease by saying: ‘Wow that’s ridiculous, there is a large percentage of British people that will not eat black pudding, so someone who has only just been eating a limited amount if meat, there is now way they should be affected, family recipe or not. I am English BTW and I can only have it in small amounts and took a long time of convincing to even try it.
Some Reddit users were more appalled at the fact that she called British food bland than the fact that she didn’t want to try black pudding
A third commented on the fact that many UK dwellers refuse to try it: ‘Plenty of Brits won’t eat blood puddin (aka Black Pudding) and the family knows it very well. I adore the stuff but none of my family can stand it. It’s also extremely unusual to find a “family recipe” outside a line of butchers – it’s not the sort of thing one knocks up in a modern home and hasn’t been for at least a hundred years.’
However other commenters were simply outraged that the US woman had labelled British food as bland.
One wrote: ‘You are right on everything except the last sentence. British food is not bland.’
Another insisted that she had encountered bad cooking, saying: ‘ Your partner never had a good Sunday dinner and I’m sad for him. Crispy crackling, herby/boozy gravy, homemade stuffing, roast veggies and something green.
‘This was obviously a fry up though and in my opinion highly overrated.’