Traditional British Christmas Foods

Traditional British Christmas Foods. Now we are talking.  I am very comfortable in this area, a bit too comfortable if you know what I mean.  Let us commence on this culinary quest.

MINCE PIES- Please see above.  Mince pies herald in the festive season. When you see them in the stores you know Christmas is on the way.  Lovely little pastries with mince (sweet) filling.  Apparently, it is supposed to bring good luck to you if you eat a mince pie every day of December.  Yikes. Lets just say that my luck will NEVER run out because I eat mince pies ALL the time.

TURKEY and the TRIMMINGS.  Turkey replaced goose quite some time ago  for Christmas meal(and let me tell you, weren’t those geese happy).  Trimmings include: chipolatas (small sausages wrapped in bacon-back home we call them ‘pigs in blankets’) Basically, these tasty snacks are a nightmare for vegetarians far and wide-including myself.  Also, trimmings will comprise of roasted root vegetables like parsnips as well as brussel sprouts and bread sauce (mix of bread crumbs, milk, onion and seasonings.)

CHRISTMAS PUDDING. Consider it a cannonball cake thing made of dried fruits, nuts, flour, eggs, suet (er…what?) or butter, spices and loads of alcohol.  It comes to the table decorated with holly or winter cherries or sometimes flaming with brandy.  It is served with brandy butter or custard sauce.  Traditionally, a 6 pence was baked into the pudding.  Finding it was considered lucky (that is if you didn’t choke on it).  The 6 pence or ‘lucky 6 pence’ is long out of circulation, which is not so lucky for the coin.  Nevermind.  Wait. Hold up. We’ve just finished eating and its nearly 3pm and time for the Queen’s Christmas message.  God save the Queen.

Happy Christmas Y’all



  1. Yvonne · December 19, 2014

    As soon as I saw the image of the mince pie, my salivary glands went into high alert. Yummmmmm

    • samdfb1 · December 19, 2014

      Funny. I am eating one right now! Its only 930am. There is no hope for me. Clearly.

  2. Cat (CFIGFY) · December 20, 2014

    I think I’m the only person in my family who truly loves Christmas pudding – but that doesn’t stop us from always having one every year! Pretty much I eat the whole thing. The more brandy soaked the better 😉

    • samdfb1 · December 20, 2014

      How great. I really love Christmas pudding. I could eat it all year round!

  3. BritishMumUSA · December 20, 2014

    This made me so homesick… Off to hunt down the mince pies and sausage rolls. Gave up on the turkey as that gets enough attention at thanksgiving…. We do a ham now with the roast parsnips and potatoes YUM…. Only did the pudding once, just not appreciated 🙂 hehehe… Also on the hunt for Christmas Crackers!!!!

    • samdfb1 · December 20, 2014

      Oh good luck finding the mince pies and sausage rolls but if you can’t find them maybe you can try you hand at making them? Absolutely love Christmas Crackers. Have a lovely Christmas! x

  4. Amber · December 21, 2014

    Mmm, yum, some of these look good.

  5. Liv · December 22, 2014

    I love mince pies. My gran used to make her own filling and she’d put a pastry cap instead of covering the whole pie. It was amazing. #sitsblogging

  6. samdfb1 · December 23, 2015

    Reblogged this on Life in London and commented:

    Merry Christmas Everyone!

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