As you all know I'm not one for buying cakes, I'd rather make them or go without. So with Christmas fast approaching, I thought I really ought to make some mince pies. To kill two birds with one stone, dinner was to be tomato and mushroom quiche, and the rest of the pastry would make the mince pies. I have made pastry hundreds of times (if not thousands) and never had a problem but on Monday night, disaster was looming.
I put 1lb of flour, half plain wholemeal and half self raising, into the bowl with a pinch of salt and added 6oz of white flora and 2oz yellow flora to rub it into breadcrumbs, just as I always do. For some reason it just would not form breadcrumbs – instead it felt very greasy and was in big blobs!!
I normally then add 6 tablespoons of very cold water to form it into the dough ready for rolling. I only added 4 as it had already formed into a ball, but when I tried to roll it out it was an impossible task!! No matter how much I floured the marble work top, it just stuck and when I eventually had a piece big enough to line the quiche dish, I tried to pick it up on the rolling pin and it just fell apart!
After a huge amount of effort and a few choice words (unrepeatable here I'm afraid!), I managed to make the quiche and a dozen or so mince pies but I wasn't very hopeful for the end product. The quiche was suprisingly good but I didn't try a mince pie that night – still mindful of my waistline!!
When I arrived home from work on Tuesday evening Daniel's friend Phil was just tucking into a mince pie. "Are they OK?" I asked with a certain degree of trepidation!! Daniel laughed, "That's his second and he never eats mince pies!"
I guess that was testament enough and in truth the pastry was pretty good BUT I think it could also have been to do with the brandy I mixed into the mincemeat!!! – hic! Better not do that for Santa's one, don't want him crashing his sleigh!
I'm at work later on – my Fashion on Friday show today is Attitudes by Renee. She's a lovely lady and so thoughtful. In the summer I commented about how the bra she wears gives a lovely outline under her clothes. She asked for my bra size but I thought she would probably forget as she is such a busy lady. Last visit she brought me an early Christmas present… even my Mum commented about the 'uplift'!!
Sunday is my last day on air before Christmas, Beauty Day followed by a Gossip watch TSV at midnight, but I will post again next week.