Friday, 17 December 2010

Christmas : Fast Forward III

I have reached the stage in life
when I can accept that my mince pies
are not as good as my mother's mince pies.

Mine are good but hers are better.

There...I said it without grinding my teeth
and I see this as a positive development.

Next week I will do a comparative study
assisted by some volunteers in the Department
but I am not holding out much hope
for my Special (but not special enough) Recipe.

22 comments:

  1. If you would like an unbiased opinion, send some to me. :-) They look really yummy!

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  2. Perhaps your mother is not as delightful a blogger as you are. It all balances out.

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  3. I am sure they are amazingly fine! but if it makes you feel better, I have a mother who grows begonias...so I do understand.

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  4. Excellent positive development.

    I've yet to reach it in the gravy department. My Mum is mortified that I use granules!

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  5. Look good to me, with cream please.

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  6. Oh please! There are a million things my mom can do and I can't. But I never tried to compare anything.
    We're ALL different and I bet your china collection is WAY bigger and better than hers ...
    AND let MrM say which are best, you can't be the judge.

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  7. Well, they are certainly pretty! Funny -- we had a housekeeper when I was growing up, and I will never ever be able to make certain recipes of hers as well as she could. I think it's not as bad as it would be if she were my mother. (Does that make any sense?) My mother is better at main courses.

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  8. I bet yours are pretty amazing, too. I'm happy to volunteer for the comparative study :) K x

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  9. Mine are not good. In fact they are slightly reminiscent of burned ice hockey pucks. I now accept this graciously and allow Mr Waitrose to make mine.

    His stollen is better than mine too, which galls me far more.

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  10. Mr M is unavailable to comment: he is between a rock and a hard place at the moment............... :O))))

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  11. They look good to me and I bet they are yummy.

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  12. My mother was a great pastry cook but she generously conceded that despite my distressingly heavy handed technique my pastry was as good as hers. She 's not here to compare notes with anymore.

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  13. Even more mortifying, my son is a far better cook - but he is totally useless on a computer!
    Bobby x

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  14. I can beat my Mum on mincepies, but her rock cakes will forever reign supreme. Yours look great to me.

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  15. I'm sure they are delicious and just remember one day MIss M will wish hers are as good as her mother's!

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  16. My mother, a great cook, was a legendary Awful Baker. One highlight of our childhood involved a block of marzipan being rolled out to top a steak pie, with much puzzlement following some time later as to why it hadn't puffed up. So even my worst mince pies are brilliant in comparison....

    Yours look delicious anyway!

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  17. Oh my, mincepies and mulled stuff open house on Sunday afternoon, with not a thing made and any mince pies would do- especially these ones!!

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  18. They look pretty splendid and yummy to me! Its funny how this year so many variations are appearing! I made mine this morning with an almond 'bakewell?' topping!

    ENJOY!

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  19. i am making mince pies for the first time ever (no, i'm certainly not young, by conventional standards)and i love your star-topped ones. Thank you for this inspiration!

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