It's Time to Stir Those Old Traditions and Get Children Involved in the Mix
Byline: By Sally Williams Western Mail
Chefs have urged Welsh families to revive tomorrow's "stir up Sunday", the traditional day on which Christmas pudding mix is made.
Celebrity chefs including Jamie Oliver and Raymond Blanc are backing a campaign to get youngsters more involved in Christmas cooking by supporting the Year of Food and Farming's bid to bring back the festive custom.
Jamie Oliver said, "Stir up Sunday is a great way for families to start cooking together - it's high time we brought the tradition back into our kitchens."
Michelin-starred chef Raymond Blanc added, "Getting kids to understand where their food comes from is one of the greatest favours we can do for our young, to help them establish lifelong patterns of good eating habits."
The move follows research showing 46% of youngsters never get involved with making the Christmas dinner and 60% never stir the pudding.
Simon Ebrey, catering manager at Powis Castle, Welshpool, welcomed the initiative. He said many parents' busy lifestyles, juggling work with childcare, meant they ended up buying Christmas puddings and cakes to save time - and therefore missed out on spending quality time together.
"I think it's a real shame that this tradition of preparing Christmas food is not such an obvious event as it was in days gone by," he said.
"Not only do they taste better when they are home made, preparing a pudding is a great way for kids to get involved and also good fun."
Mary Ann Gilchrist, chef at Carlton Riverside, said she was taught how to make Christmas cake and pudding by her mother. She still abides by the tradition that whoever has a stir of the pudding mixture gets to make a wish. …