@Pippinwhite -- Watching black pudding being made is definitely not for the faint of heart. Some people in Ireland do fry the pudding. I had a small piece fried when I was there. I asked for it to be fried crisp, and it was sort of edible. I was in a little country place, and they had homemade chow-chow relish on the tables. They call it "piccalilli." It's spicy and tangy and by slathering the black pudding with the piccalilli, I managed to eat it.
Thank goodness the Irish have a wonderful sense of humor. The owner laughed at me and gave me some incredible Irish bacon. I laughed too, and said bacon was lovely, but I couldn't hack black pudding.