"Try this pudding in a leaf," the flyer urges. Duckunoo and blue draws are two names, each with several variations, for this Jamaican confection, but for the nonce let's employ the prosaic yet charming appellation tie-a-leaf ($3). Steamed and untied, the pudding — made from "cornmeal, coconut, spices, and sugar" — exposed many moist, glistening bits that had insinuated themselves in the wrapper leaves, and that didn't go a-begging. The bulk of the tie-a-leaf had a grainier texture, perhaps an unavoidable artifact of the cornmeal; the shop's sweet potato style might be another story.
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