It shall be this one's duty to offer recipes and menus. These will be easy to follow, and tested to be good enough that a slave would allow his Master to serve it to Master's Guests and reflect only the best of his Master.
For far worse than Master's anger is Master's disappointment.
Thursday, December 19, 2013
This Christmas Part Seven
great Shakespearean play where a ghost and a Prince meet and everyone
ends in mincemeat!” from
the song “That's Entertainment”
a story of mincemeat!
great-grandmother Elma always made mincemeat pies for Christmas. We
are talking about real minceMEAT! She had a large crockery pot that
sealed with a wire bail. She would start her mincemeat as soon as
the good apples were ripe. However make no mistake, her pies were
made of real meat, not fancy apple pies like you get today!
would work her magic with the cooked meat and suet, apples, raisins
and a fantastic mix of spices that were sealed up and let do their
own magic in a corner of the basement for a few months!
this is the season of sharing family stories, let me tell you one
that my grandmother (daughter of the pie maker) and my mother both
swore as true. Neither were prone to telling lies, but at times,
perhaps “tint” a true story. As a young child I never really
knew but oh how I enjoyed the telling.
the story goes: both my mother and grandmother were downtown
shopping. As they were like to do, they grabbed lunch at one of the
cafeterias near the bus stop.
one day my grandmother got a piece of apple pie. As she cut into it,
much to her horror, she saw a dead cockroach in the pie! Well she let
out a scream! She marched it right back up to the cashier, who had to
agree that yes, it did look like a cockroach! Then without a blink,
the clerk quietly took down the sign that read “Apple Pie”, and
put up one that said “Mincemeat Pie”.
spite of that story, we kids loved mincemeat pie. However we were
always told that it would be pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving: Mincemeat
pie was for Christmas!
with that as a preface, allow slave to share its best approximation
of the pie my Great-Grandmother learned to make over 120 years ago!
It may not be exact, but after all, at 120 years old who is?
lb cooked beef (I used left over chuck roast from the crock pot) cut
into ½ inch pieces ¾ tsp kosher salt 3 Gala apples, peeled
and chopped 1 stick (8 Tbs) butter, melted* 1 cup apple
cider ½ cup dark rum
cup dried cranberries
cup dark brown sugar ½ Tbs cinnamon ½ teaspoon freshly grated
teaspoon freshly ground clove
tbs dark molasses
my great-grandmother always used suet, however wouldn't you just know
it, slave was all out! So melted butter was as close as I could come.
a large bowl, mix well until all ingredients are thoroughly combined.
Cover with plastic wrap and let sit for 2 hours or overnight.
oven to 400 degrees.
tip: to make sure you have a nice cooked bottom to your pie, slide in
a pizza stone before your pre-heat, then allow to preheat for 20
minutes. Do not just go
by the oven buzzer telling you that it is ready.
a 9″ pie plate with your favorite pastry. My favorite is one I
don't have to make!
the mincemeat filling in, spreading it out evenly.
on a top crust. Seal it around the edge with a fork and cut little
decorative slivers in the middle to let out steam.
for about 45 minutes or until the crust is a nice golden brown.
edges are getting too brown, cover them with foil strips.
this inspires you to do some special baking this week. The day
approaches and the more you can do ahead of time, the better!
my Master Indy
satisfy and restore.
nourish, support and maintain.
gratify, spoil, comfort and please,
nurture, assist, and sustain
“Exhale everything that
makes you unhappy. Inhale everything that brings you peace. Always
remember that, despite what you may believe, you are loved!”