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Re: culture clash!

Didn't make the same mistake again for St Sylvestre.  I said come on Monday but, in the end, the weather was so awful with very strong winds, that I re-arranged for Tuesday.

Thanks to you and your advice, id, I do not bake awful mince pies either.  Everybody, French, German, Brits can't seem to get enough of my mince pies and I don't even make my own mince as you probably do.

 

Apprendre une langue, c'est faire un voyage différent chaque jour.
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I used to make my sweet mince in France, because I could not get it any other way. Now I buy, although I am fussy about which I  buy, and some of the fancy ones are not as nice IMO, as the simpler basic recipe ones.

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Alas, I have to stick to the vegetarian, no suet, versions as OH does not eat anything meaty.  But, TBH, I and no one else seem to taste any different.  However many I make, it all gets gobbled up accompanied with much lip-smacking!

Apprendre une langue, c'est faire un voyage différent chaque jour.
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I didn't use suet in France, as it was very difficult to get it, so I used a very cold slab of butter and grated it. It always worked.

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I make Mary Berry's suet free mincemeat. It's really easy and nicer than any I've bought.
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That's the recipe used by the owner of the English café in the village where I have my flat, and I can confirm it makes delicious mincemeat.
She also makes mincemeat yum slices with oats etc. for other times of the year ..
YUM Big Smile [:D]

http://www.maryberry.co.uk/recipes/christmas/special-mincemeat

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I have another use for mincemeat.  I use it making muffins (American) and the whole kitchen smells Christmassy and my French friends adore muffins because it's about the only "English" cake they know, a bit like the only English pudding they know is le crumble!

Id, are you converted to muffins yet or do you still not like them?

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Ah now you have brought something up mint.

American muffins in general are rather dry affairs and not a patch on old fashioned fairy cakes. I go to a cafe that actually sells half decent ones, and yet, I still find them dry and cut any I buy into thick slices and dip each slice into my hot chocolate or coffee and then they are fine.

And I started making american muffins and my husband likes them, so I make them for him, and I don't eat them.

Love proper english muffins though!


My french friends got to know lots of english stuff, scones, sticky toffee pudding, crumble before it was sold in France, and a variety of stuff I would make for them, including elephant's feet, instead of poncy little choux balls.

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