Christmas pud just like great-grandma used to make really is a tasteful idea.
Now the sweet success of Nanna’s Christmas Pudding has put a fledgling Houghton Regis business in the same league as Harrods.
No Christmas pudding is complete without a wish, of course.
And the Clayton family, which dreamed up the Nanna’s Christmas Pudding brand, must feel like a basinful of wishes has come true.
For to their delight, they have earned a coveted gold star in the Great Taste 2013 awards – alongside big-name winners including Harrods.
Paul Clayton, 31, runs the company with his 30-year-old wife, aptly named Holly, from their home in Walkley Road.
And their success is all thanks to a recipe tried and tested by generations of the family, passed down from one of Paul’s great-grandmothers.
At first, Paul just used to make Christmas puds for friends and family.
But demand for the tasty treat gave him food for thought.
Holly explained: “Some people said: ‘Can we buy some to give away at Christmas?’ So that’s how it all – very slowly – started.”
They have been selling puds to the public for more than two years, and make family-sized and individual versions.
Paul said: “We only use flour milled locally at Stotfold Water Mill, breadcrumbs from freshly home-made bread, eggs from our very own happy garden hens and organic milk.
“The ingredients are mixed by hand and then steamed for 10 hours!”
Now the couple, who have two children, Finlay, four, and Daisy, one, are thrilled that their pud is a star performer in the awards scheme (organised by the Guild of Fine Food).
Holly said: “It’s quite amazing!” The perfect puds can be ordered through the Nanna’s Christmas Pudding page on Facebook.
And that also lists any events where visitors can buy the puds in person.
Don’t delay too long – there are only around four months to go until Christmas...
Showbiz has its embarrassing moments, as Hazel O’Connor knows only too well.
The singer and actress, who found fame in the 80s, is the star of this year’s free Dunstable Rocks! concert on Saturday, August 31.
In an interview on Dunstable Town Council’s website, she was asked about her funniest moment on stage or on tour. Hazel revealed it was the first time she was given a standing ovation at the Cannes film festival.
She was taken by surprise when everyone stood up and started clapping.
And she literally found herself in the limelight.
Only trouble was, Hazel was wearing tight leather trousers, so she was “going commando”.
And she had undone the buttons on her trousers so she could be comfy. Oh dear.
The spotlight was suddenly shone on her, she was pulled to her feet and and she took her standing ovation... with her trousers around her ankles. Oops.
I’m sure there won’t be a repeat performance at Saturday’s concert when it comes to wardrobe malfunctions.
I won’t be surprised if Hazel is given a standing ovation.
But I bet she’s more prepared this time.
In fact, you might say she’s already got it all “buttoned up”...