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Posted on Dec 2, 2012 9:51:38 AM PST
S. King says:
Human ResourcesI just wanted to give people a "heads up" about a FREE book that was posted here a few days ago, and I read it- and I utterly loved it. So much that I bought his other book. I hope folks are staying warm, and hoping those who are having health problems are finding some sort of solace or abatement of pain. Someone had asked about the "signs of Christmas". For me it is the scents of cinnamon and evergreens, the sights of multi-coloured lights, and snow. I have developed a severe "allergy" to cold and snow.. even though I was born in the frozen tundra of Northern NY. Anyway, fresh macaroni and cheese (with gruyere and sauteed mushrooms) for whomever wants to try something different.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2012 9:13:51 AM PST
I do make them *between* Christmas and New Year because it is Christmas day and Boxing day we tend to eat them:) I usually bake "all seven sorts" - Norwegian tradition, a good housewife must make seven kinds of cookies before Christmas - but I make them and we eat them *before* Christmas. Then we gorge on mince pies for a couple of days until we are all Christmassed out;-)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2012 6:24:51 AM PST
Biscay says:

Did you say "between" Xmas and NY? That's different - there are often a few leftover ones on Boxing Day to finish but mostly I think everyone is mince-pied-out by then and they go away to reappear next November in the supermarkets!

Mind you, if all mince pies were as nice as I'm sure your MIL's are, they'd be eaten more sparingly and with appreciation, and their welcome wouldn't wear thin so quickly! I think the shop ones - even the bakeries' - taste like sultanas in thick cardboard. And I don't like cloves much, so that's a delicate tightrope to walk too!

Posted on Dec 2, 2012 6:21:13 AM PST
Biscay says:
Hilariously just caught the last part of Delia's Xmas special as well - it's going to be a LONG month of Xmas food programs on the Food Channel, I can see that now!


In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2012 6:19:52 AM PST
Biscay says:
Well as I'm about to (finally) post in reply to Robb, I should confess that I did my usual "can't just follow the recipe" thing that drives my DH mad, and included some peel, rhubarb and apple too! balanced out the very rich dark mince nicely. I only like a little bit - for me it's all about the pastry :D

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2012 3:52:25 AM PST
I can't remember her instructions now but it is basically bung it all (freezing cold) in the processor with the knives in, then when it is sandy bind with cold orange juice. I keep it in the fridge for a couple of days as needed, and roll and bake as the need rises - between Christmas and New Year we eat a lot of them!

And interested to hear you use the cranberry mincemeat - I will give that a try this year, in your honour!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2012 3:12:20 AM PST
Biscay says:
Thanks, Dasher/NL - are you psychic, or spying on my desktop? Or did I actually mention, as I had been about to, that the mince I used for my pies was Nigella's cranberry version - I was about to post the recipe for Robb when the internet dropped out this arvo... well, anyway I see you have an affinity with the way I like to cook!

I don't remember whether I'd copied out her pastry for those star-topped pies - I do think I've seen her make them on TV and drooled - as I only got my first food processor (hard to believe) for quite a recent birthday or maybe it was last Xmas and I've yet to play with all the various attachments or get used to the idea of being able to make pastry in it - makes sense when it is way too hot and humid here to be trying to work on pastry mixtures with cool hands or even bench! DH uses it like a demon for scalloped potatoes, though.

This afternoon as a coincidence when the internet went down I turned on the TV to fill in the time before I could get back and finish the post (turned out to be optimistic) and one of the Nigella Lawson (NL - another coincidence??) episodes was on, with the most wonderful espresso martini, "Strata" cheese pudding and a most incredible rich vanilla cake in the shape of a ring of fir or maybe spruce trees. The mould tin did most of the work but the icing sugar snow dusting had me in paroxysms of delight!

So thanks for the tip and I'm off to check out the pastry now...


In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2012 12:48:31 AM PST
Biscay - check out Nigella Lawson's "star-topped mince pies" on her website, the pastry is absolutely divine and it is the simplest thing in the world to throw together in the food processor. I always make them for Christmas, and DH even thinks mine are better than his mum's!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2012 12:08:21 AM PST
Biscay says:
Robb, apologies. Just as I was getting those links/recipes ready to post our connection went down and I couldn't do anything. Typical Sunday afternoon overload I suspect. Will meet you on the other side of midnight with the rest. Sorry you couldn't open the link - I was planning to check it as well!


In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2012 12:06:39 AM PST
Biscay says:
You're very welcome, Liz - no need to read it anytime soon - I know everyone's TBR lists are more bulging than my washing basket is right now - just put it away and know that you are wished a happy birthday from now until the time comes to read it!!


In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2012 12:04:04 AM PST
Biscay says:
Ketta, and Robb too, thanks! I'll collect all the entries and maybe let one of the small fry vote on the winner just to keep it impartial! :)

Multiple suggestions welcome. No rules here LOL


Posted on Dec 1, 2012 11:29:37 PM PST
Lyn says:
or Biscay Greetings

Posted on Dec 1, 2012 10:48:24 PM PST
Ketta says:
What do you think about Bows-cay or Bells-cay for your holiday name?

Posted on Dec 1, 2012 10:24:19 PM PST
KayKay says:
Sunday is open

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2012 10:20:58 PM PST
LOL, my husband and I are watching George Bailey now as he flails in the water with Clarence! Poor George, the richest man in Bedford Falls.

Posted on Dec 1, 2012 10:16:52 PM PST
Lyn says:
** top signs that the holidays are here in your neck of the woods**
The first sighting of George Bailey.
The holidays are here.

Posted on Dec 1, 2012 10:15:48 PM PST
Biscay, I also want to thank you for the lovely gift of "The Smuggler's Captive Bride". It was so very thoughtful of you. I'm sure I will enjoy reading it.


Posted on Dec 1, 2012 10:13:52 PM PST
SDR Marla, thank you so much for the gift of "The Witch Awakening". It was so unnecessary, but I will surely look forward to reading it.

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