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Plum pudding recipes

The November 26 1936 edition of the Toronto Globe and Mail contained not one but two recipes for plum pudding.

The first was offered by physician Robert G. Jackson:

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You might be wondering why 4 cups of Roman Meal are included in this recipe, and why the virtues of Roman Meal are praised in the text. This is because Robert G. Jackson, M.D., was the creator of Roman Meal. In 1927, Dr. Jackson wrote a book titled How To Be Always Well, which was apparently somewhat unusual. (The book is now in the public domain – you can get a copy here.) He was a millionaire by 1930, he apparently died in 1941 of complications from a broken hip, and his age was uncertain.

By the way, I couldn’t find a 582 Vine Avenue in the 1936 Toronto city directory. The correct address was actually 108-124 Vine Avenue, which was the location of Dr. Jackson Foods Ltd.; I guess that mail sent to Dr. Jackson at 582 Vine would have gotten to the right place. Dr. Jackson appears in the 1941 directory (by which time, he had moved to Markham), but he does not appear in the 1942 directory.

The second recipe for plum pudding is billed as A Neighbor’s Recipe. Since this uses the American spelling of “neighbour”, my guess is that it was provided by an American newspaper syndicate.

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I don’t know anything about plum pudding (and, to be honest, I don’t care about it much one way or the other), so I have no idea which recipe is better. The main difference between the two seems to be that the first recipe uses Roman Meal and the second uses stale bread crumbs and milk. Given a choice, I’d probably pick the recipe that wasn’t a thinly disguised product ad.

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