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There is a Christmassy feel in London. It is getting crisp and cold. Christmas decorations are popping up everywhere. And, on top of this, I am eating mince pies at every possible opportunities. Life doesn’t get any better than this, right?
Believe it or not, I was initially reluctant to eat mince pies because I thought that it was actually made with mince (yes, meat!). You see, I am not a huge fan of the whole meat and jam combination. I know, I am not very adventurous. But I was wrong. Mince pies are all about sultanas, oranges, nutmeg and cinnamon. There is nothing not to like about them. They taste like mulled wine without the alcohol. They make you feel good and get into the Christmas spirit.
So here I am, stuffing my face with a mince pie with my morning coffee, and absolutely loving it. I will burn the calories later, at Bikram or during a run. After all, who cares?
Christmas decorations on Victoria Street
I can’t think of any equivalent in France. Christmas food is usually for the Christmas lunch itself. Of course, you have to eat 13 desserts including nougat and other delicacies, on Christmas Eve. But I hadn’t heard about mince pies before moving over here.
Apparently, old recipes for mince pies mentioned the fact that you need to use 13 ingredients. Just like the 13 deserts in Provence. They represent the 12 apostles and Jesus. I shamefully admit that I didn’t know it until I researched it. How did we manage before Google again?
People are quick to admit that French food is up there in terms of taste. That may well be true but hey, the Brits have mince pies. I think that I am becoming more British by the day!

Muriel – A French Yummy Mummy In London
  • For a long time, I thought it had meat in it too! I am so glad I was proven wrong!

    It still hasn’t got cold this end… but yes, cooler than what it was last month! And we have already decided to gorge on all things winter, when we have winter for about a week!

  • Mary

    They were originally made with meat. And if you ever get the chance to try mince pies made to a 17th century recipe, they taste simply wonderful. (And I fully admit that I was suspicious when I first tried them.)

  • SarahHague

    I had a mince pie on Sunday night, a friend had brought back a box from Waitrose. I was delighted. Shame there was no brandy cream to scoff with it, but we had ice-cream instead.
    YUM!
    I’ll be making my own soon I expect.

  • MuMuGB

    Making your own? I am sooo jealous. You will have to teach me, I would love to try but don’t think that I am patient enough.

  • MuMuGB

    I shamefully admit that I haven’t tried the old recipe. I do admire your courage though: you tried it. Well done! Not sure I am mentally ready just yet!

  • MuMuGB

    OK, Hajra, shall we swap then? I am tired of the cold and the rain. So, do you like mince pies too?

  • SarahHague

    Well, when I say ‘make my own’ I mean make the pastry and fill it with mincemeat from a jar then cook it.
    I haven’t got as far as making my own mincemeat yet! The jar stuff is good enough. 🙂

  • MuMuGB

    You make the pastry…Sarah, how very French! Are you sure that you don’t have a French passport yet? As for the jar, do you have it shipped over from the UK?

  • SarahHague

    Haha, my mum always makes her own pastry too. I’ve just gone off the packet stuff, don’t really like the taste any more.

    My local Mondial Market has mincemeat in jars, and lots of other lovely things too including Yorkshire Tea.

    btw, I did a real tarte tatin this weekend for a supper party, made with butter pate brisée. It was amazing! So different from the industrial muck you get in restaurants.

  • You know, there’s no pain involved in this waiting for gall bladder surgery (at least not yet). The only suffering involves not being able to have anything fatty, which is everything I was looking forward too. I must try mince pies after surgery. =P