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Britsoc Mince Pies Recipe

Britsoc Mince Pies Recipe

Mince Pies Recipe —Britsoc Cooking Coach

Yes, we have our very own Britsoc cooking coach. Here to tell you how to make the best mince pies in Christmas Land.

Karen3Karen Vivers, originally from Scotland, has lived here in Amsterdam since 1997, and has set up the Cooking Coach to help inspire people to get back into the kitchen.

The basis of the cooking lessons are easy, tasty, healthy recipes.  Each course starts with a free introduction session, to make sure that you only cook what you like to eat.

As well as cooking lessons, Karen offers Culinary Tours in Amsterdam, is a passionate Food Blogger  and works freelance as a Culinary Consultant, specialising in small and medium businesses, helping them get started, grow and deal with commercial challenges.

Mince Pies

Not so much a recipe as a ritual.  I know Christmas is around the corner when I check my diary to find my yearly note to start making mince pies.  Yes, ok, it may seem crazy to some of you, but I do put notes in my diary about food.  And, it’s not just about getting prepared for special occasions, no, I write my main meal in my diary every day.

There is some method in my madness, it is about preparation, it’s so I can make a shopping list.  Anyway, I digress.  Back to the mince pies.  That little note in my diary to make mincemeat means that the house will start smelling like it should around the festive season.  The heady mix of spices and citrus that tells me friends will be arriving soon and the fact that it’s dark and cold outside no longer matters.

My mince pies are not just for Christmas, oh no! Actually they are consumed in my house much more on Hogmanay (New Year’s Eve) and on the Ne’er Day (New Year’s Day).  I think it’s something to do with the fact that a mince pie goes very well with a little glass of whisky (a wee dram), or even a port.

These are the drinks I associate with the warm anticipation of the bells at 12 midnight, and the party wind down, when it’s so late that it’s early, just one last drink, one for the road, and a mince pie to carry you off into slumber….and into your New Year.

See the entire menu here: Cooking Coach-Mince Pies