Mince Pies are back in the shops!
This morning, one of the tasting team reported that Mince Pies are back on sale.
While browsing round a Tesco store, in the festive section, they came across some Mr Kipling “Easter” Mince Pies.
These pies seem to have special ‘Hot Cross Bun Spices’.
As soon as we can get some of these pies to sample, we will let you know…..
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Most people settle for a few pints down the pub to mark their birthday, or perhaps a celebratory meal.
But for Barry Donovan, his quarter-century demanded a bit more attention. So he drew up a list of 25 things to do – including breaking a world record, looking at his own DNA, and llama trekking.
He achieved one of those ambitions today, breaking the world record for eating three mince pies in least time.
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Folklore states that mince pies are a favourite food of Father Christmas, and that one or two should be left on a plate at the foot of the chimney (along with a small glass of brandy or sherry, and a carrot for the reindeer) as a thank-you for stockings well-filled.
(Ref: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mince_pie )
English tradition demands that the mince meat mixture should only be stirred in a clockwise direction. To stir it anticlockwise is to bring bad luck for the coming year.
Another English custom is for all the family to take a turn in stirring the mincemeat mixture whilst making a wish.
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The origin of the word ‘mincemeat’ is often of interest, especially as it does not appear to contain any meat whatsoever. Up to Victorian times, the mince(meat) pie would have actually have been a spiced meat pie with some dried fruit. It has evolved to the point where the only meat in the pie is in the form of suet, an historical throwback.
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Recipe: Festive Mince Pies
Makes 12 Pies
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes.
Recipe from “Christmas, simple and delicious easy-to-make recipes” by Marks & Spencer.
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All the tasters for our reviews volunteered. They are all true Mince Pie fans, and have contributed their opinions to further our quest to find “The Ultimate Mince Pie”.
As such, the Mince Pie Club has promised to ensure their anonymity.
Centuries ago the mince pie would have been a large dish filled with various meats such as chicken, partridge, pigeon, hare, capon, pheasant, rabbits, ox or lamb tongue, livers of the animals, and mutton meat mixed with fruits, peels and sugar. It was originally known as a Christmas Pye.
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