Spotted Dick is a traditional British dessert. I must have it.
More exactly, I must make it. And to that end, I must find suet. I was twice thwarted in this on my lunch hour as I asked at reputable Stockholm butcher’s counters. Neither had it, one didn’t even know what it was, both referred me to each other.
Suet is hard tallowy tissue that clusters around the kidneys of mammals. Indeed, the Swedish word for it, njurtalg, means “kidney tallow”. Victorian Britons used it as shortening in puddings, most famously in Christmas pudding.
Spotted Dick is a steamed, massive, doughy thing tasting of lemon and raisins, and you eat it with custard. It must be mine. My quest shall go on.