Tradition Benefits History

Daily Astorian | Dec. 20, 2012 2:05 a.m. | Updated: Dec. 20, 2012 10:05 a.m.

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Twenty-five or 26 years ago, she’s not sure, Rae Goforth came up with the idea of serving tea and plum pudding at Christmastime as a fundraiser for the Clatsop County Historical Society.

She has been making the puddings ever since that are served at the Flavel House.  

Goforth spends much of September each year making the puddings. She usually makes about 48 of them. Each pudding is cooked for three hours. They are then wrapped and frozen to await the Tea. 

Plum pudding has its origins in medieval England. It is traditionally served on Christmas Day as part of the Christmas meal. Despite the name. “plum pudding,” the pudding contains no actual plums – thanks to the pre-Victorian use of the word “plums” as a term for raisins. 

When served, the puddings have a lemon sauce poured over them, a touch of whipped cream is applied, plus a cherry and a holly leaf as garnish complete the dish.

Adding to this year’s Tea, Gloria Linkey was present to discuss her new book and the area’s history. “Native American Women, Three Who Changed History” is available a bookstores and museums around the region.

Paula Biwer and her daughter, Carolyn Biwer, made the trip from Longview, Wash., specifically to attend the Tea and Plum Pudding. The Biwers,  who frequently sail to Astoria in their boat, saw the Tea advertised last summer. They decided that it sounded interesting and drove down the road Sunday. 

The culinary delights continue. This year’s Tea and Plum Pudding will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. daily today through 23, and also Dec. 26 to 30. Cost per person is $10 and includes fresh, warm plum pudding, a cup of hot tea and a self-guided tour of the Flavel House Museum. Reservations are recommended for groups of eight or more.

For more information about this event or other Clatsop County Historical Society activities, call 503-325-2203 or email cchs@cumtux.org

This story originally appeared in Daily Astorian.


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