mince pies

mince pies
Christmas is coming. Which means mince pies. These mince pies in particular were made by a fellow Brit at work, and who kindly made me a whole tin of these little bite-sized festive treats (thanks Jean!). They were delicious, and very nice with a cup or tea or three. So, I had to draw them. It was an act of unbelievable will power to sit and smell them in front of me while drawing and not eat any until I was done. Well, in fact I’d had a few first, but still, the rest of them didn’t last long afterwards. Hopefully I get some time to make some myself, though mine are always messier and uneven, not that I notice the shape as they fly into my belly.

Dear Americans who don’t know: mince pies are not made with meat. The “mincemeat” used is something else entirely. I must admit I stopped trying to encourage my American family to eat them some years back, because I realized that there would be more left for me. And Santa of course, who loves them. Home-made ones are much nicer; although in England I always used to get those yummy ones from Marks & Spencer. One thing about M&S mince pies though folks, they always seem to have a useful best-before date of December 24th. Make sure you give Santa the freshest ones.

One other thing you may be interested in, my American friends, when a Londoner says “mince pies” he might also mean his “eyes”, which is Cockney Rhyming Slang. I don’t really use that one myself, mostly because it makes me suddenly very hungry at the very thought. I really love mince pies.

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7 thoughts on “mince pies

  1. Sue Pownall says:

    I love mince pies too, but do not have your willpower not to eat them long enough to draw them. I also do not encourage people to eat “my” mince pies, which are shop bought but still tasty.

    oops almost forgot… Love this drawing, you have captured the essence of mince pies sufficiently to make me hungry and I love the blue tin.

  2. pete scully says:

    It was tough, and they didn’t last long after I finished. These ones were bite-sized so easier to eat multiple ones. I also got a load more from the shop yesterday (there’s a place here that sells international food) just to have around over Christmas, and they’re good but these ones are nicer! Oooh I love a mince pie.

  3. Linda Daily says:

    Ooh,we love them at our house,too! In fact,my oldest son Andrew was disappointed I didn’t have any baked when he arrived home on Dec.19. I have taken care of this! He loves his with tea for ‘first’ breakfast.
    Happy Christmas to you and your family!
    Oh,I love how you painted them and the tin.

  4. Seana says:

    I had mince pies for you when everyone came over the other night. We were sorry to miss you and Luke and Angela! Hope you had a Happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

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