Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Lights and Mince Pies

mince-pie

It's a fact of modern existence that Christmas decorations go up earlier and earlier as the years go by, so much so, that I confidently predict we'll be seeing Santa on our Easter eggs in the not to distant future. Round my way they already have a cheerful fusion of Xmas and Diwali lights with non specific symbols on them (though since candles feature so much in both celebrations there are quite a few of those). The lights go up in late October/early November which coincides nicely with the days getting shorter making that transition a little more bearable.

So, it's about this time of year that my customary experiment with mince pies takes place. Every year I say "oooh, mince pie!" and cheerfully bite into one expecting a lovely warm christmassy feeling to hit me only to find myself gagging moments later. It's then I realise that I don't actually like them very much. The same goes with Xmas pudding, something I have to drown in creme anglaise to make palatable.

So it was quite the shock this morning to be confronted with a mince pie that I quite enjoyed, almost absent mindedly I scoffed one with my tea whilst reading my email. Odd. Maybe, stopping smoking has fundamentally altered my food memory or perhaps it's so cold that my body is suppressing my taste buds to get me to stuff my face for winter...

6 comments:

Sam said...

I have never eaten one. Just the smell of the mincemeat can make me wretch. All those icky raisins. Blaegh. How unBritish of me, huh?

Andrew said...

most are horrid but the Duchy Originals - assuming the same recipe from last year - were delicious, even with raisins.

Jamie said...

I have been a huge fan of mincemeat since I was a little girl, because my British grandmother would make little mince pies for us at Christmas. Normally I would think of mincemeat as a very grownup taste, but I guess not in my case!

It took me a long time to like mace cake, though.

I make my own homemade pear mincemeat nowadays--I think my childhood Christmases set my tastes once and for all.

Kalyn said...

I am with Sam on this one, and my ancestors were British so I should like it.

cookiecrumb said...

Oh, you're all missing the point!
Monkey Gland is sticking with his smoke-cessation!! Congratulations, sir. Now go reward yourself with a pie, or something else you really like.
xx

Monkey Gland said...

Cheers cookie!