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Dionna Mash is a writer, do-gooder, and California native. Born and raised in San Diego, she is now ecstatic to finally be residing in her mother’s hometown of San Francisco. She got an early start in writing when she realized that math was never going to be her strong subject, and reading and writing naturally became her forte in school. She recently graduated from California State University Chico where she studied instructional design and technology and communication design. Since, she has been pursuing a career in journalism to fulfill her passion in writing, public relations, and social media marketing. In her spare time Dionna loves to explore new restaurants, discover small craft breweries and wineries, shop for her shoe fetish, and is always on the hunt to find a “hole in the wall” coffee shop to settle down in. She likes to stay active in her community and was volunteering regularly with the Community Action Volunteers and Education program in college where she served as a Group leader organizing weekly trips to senior homes to make crafts and play games. She also volunteers with national parks and can be seen spending her weekends cleaning up Golden Gate Park and restoring trails. Dionna has written for news organizations such as KHSL-TV in Chico, California where she interned in the newsroom, and wrote a weekly sex and relationship column in The Orion newspaper. Before residing in Bay Area, Dionna was living in Denver, Colorado where she worked at an interactive marketing agency by day and served at an upscale wine bar by night. She’s currently in the process of writing a book titled “A Green Apron’s Point of View,” where she narrates an entertaining six years of her life as a Starbucks barista.

Breakfast Fit for a Royal Wedding: Rosie Pope’s Recipe for Spotted Dick

History in the making will be unfolding right before our eyes in several hours now and I couldn’t be more thrilled. I have to admit though I don’t think I’ve been more jealous of someone than I am of Kate Middleton. She’s a beautiful commoner who met her literal prince charming, who now has the whole world amped up for her wedding. Must be nice! It’s a perfect fairy tale that I’ll be watching from the comfort of my couch, 42″ flat screen, and Tivo box.

I knew I needed to cook something for this special event but couldn’t for the life of me figure out what. Baking scones just wasn’t gonna cut it, I wanted to make something really unique. Thankfully I had my new favorite show Pregnant In Heels recorded and half of the episode was dedicated to Rosie Pope helping a mum to be ask a Lord to be her baby’s godfather. Rosie helps her client make an ever so classic English food, spotted dick pudding! I know, I smirked too when hearing the name of this treat but it sounded (and looked) delicious. I was sold.

Photo Credit: Essentially-England.com

Of course I had to scour the internet for this recipe because I’ve never had spotted dick or let alone heard of it. Pair this dish with your favorite English breakfast tea and you’ll be traditionally celebrating the Royal Wedding. Cheers!

This recipe was taken from Rosie Pope’s blog:


  • 4oz Suet
  • 1 Ib mixed sultanas, raisins, currants
  • Zest of lemon or 1 orange
  • 4oz plain flour
  • 4oz sugar
  • 4oz bread crumbs
  • 1 level teaspoon ground ginger (to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, grated
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 pint milk


  1. Grease a 1.5 liter / 3 pint pudding basin.
  2. Mix all the ingredients together, except the egg and the milk.
  3. Add the beaten egg and milk and mix well.
  4. Put the mixture in the basin, cover with tinfoil or a cloth, and put the basin in a pan with water half-way up the sides of the basin.
  5. Bring the water to boil, put on a tight fitting lid, and simmer for 3 hours, remembering to top off with boiling water now and then.


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