Oh, Bring Us A Figgy Pudding...And A Mince Pie (Oh My!)

Monday, December 30, 2013

I sang about them (We Wish You A Merry Christmas) and colored them in coloring books, when I was a little girl. I read about them (A Christmas Carol), as a teen. Now I get to taste them, as an adult. This is truly a wish come true! I can't thank Carole of Mademoiselle Poirot blog enough for the beautifully wrapped parcel of Christmas Pudding and Mince Pies. Carole mentioned in a blog post that she didn't care for mince pies or Christmas pudding. She was making Christmas tiramisu instead. In my comment to her, I mentioned I didn't think I would like them either, but if ever I traveled to London I would definitely want to try them. I've always been curious as to how they would taste. Well, she sent me some to taste (I was so ecstatic to receive her parcel). Carole wrapped each box in beautiful snowflake wrapping paper. She even used tissue paper underneath. I swear she's the best wrapper. She wrote a beautiful message to me in her card. I was so touched! So would I like Christmas Pudding and Mince Pies? Let's see.

Sainsbury's Mince Pies
I use to wince, at the word "mincemeat", so I didn't think I would like mince pie. I don't know why I would think such a thing, I never tasted it before. I just always put mincemeat in the same category as American spam...yuk! LOL Well, this is different! It didn't taste like MEAT at all! I heated one of these pies in the oven for a couple of minutes before eating. It was really, really good! The pie crust was tasty and the filling was delicious. It had raisins and fruit in it. It was like a fruit filling (an apple taste). It was sweet, but not overly sweet. I loved it. One pie filled me up. I really liked them.  

Sainsbury's Christmas Pudding (also known as Figgy or Plum Pudding)
I'm not going to lie. When I first saw this Christmas pudding (The word "pudding" is different here in the States. The British term for pudding is synonymous with dessert.), I was like there is NO WAY I'm going to like this. It looked like a ball of (fill-in-the-blank). Well you guys, NEVER judge a book by it's cover! Never!!! I constantly have to remind myself of that at times. I heated the Christmas pudding in the microwave as the directions stated. I sliced it and scooped a tiny bit on my fork. When you've never tasted something, you can't prepare your taste buds. I was praying. HaHaHa It was excellent!!! It's rich too! I could only eat half. It's like cake (consistency), with fruit and nuts in it! I was pleasantly surprised. I really liked it!

Carole, thank you so much for sending these. You fulfilled a wish of mine, without even knowing it. I would've never asked on my own for you or anyone to send these to me. So this was truly a gift, that I will always cherish and touched my heart!

I ask everyone to pay a visit to Carole's blog (London blogger). She is superior in interior design, decor, baking, cooking and photography. There's such a grace about her. She's very humble too. Her blog will blow you away. It's truly a treat to visit everyday. Have a great day everybody!

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Dawn GT said...

ok my mouth just started watering! lol! literally!



The Dainty Dolls House said...

So sweet!! I am not a fan of either, haha. I remember when I first had them, i was like no!! Though, I've never liked anything with fruit and raisins in it. But, many eat the Christmas pudding with pouring cream on it, though I know America doesn't really do that I don't think. There is whipped cream, but pouring cream is not sweet like whipped cream. But, am super pleased you loved them doll. Am back after a break :)) I hope your Christmas was wonderful. And your New Year will be bliss :))) Especially February ;) haha! Have a gorgeous week doll xx

Lilli said...

Hi Kim! How sweet of her! The way she wrapped the parcels is adorable!:) I'm always curious to try both treats, I seem them on web everytime and I cant get how the taste could be. After your super positive thoughts I look forward to have the chance to have them too!:) You also made such cute pics! I tried to visit her blog but the link doesnt work! Have a lovely day dear, enjoy the last of 2013! Kisses! xo

Rakhshanda Rizvi said...

Hi Kim, I'm back and saw this delicious post and my mouth just started watering! I would love to try this yummy pudding out <3 Wish you a happy new year! Have a lovely day dear, enjoy the last of 2013!

Emmylou said...

Kim, you really are such a nice person and so deserving of this. That's such a great thing for Carole to do as well. :)
Even though I haven't tasted these stuff (as far as I can remember), your review and pics made me hungry!!!

Emmylou said...

Kim, just wanna let u know the link to Carole's post does not work for me.

Carole Poirot said...

Oh, I'm so happy you like it!!! Maybe I should have let you know that 'mincemeat' has nothing to do with 'minced meat' - just to avoid any confusion ;-)

What a lovely post, thank you so much for all the compliments and the lovely pictures here. Yes, Christmas pudding is very rich and not many people I know can manage more than a few spoons full - especially after Christmas dinner. I hope you've had a lovely Christmas.

I'm still on my "blog holiday" until the new year, so taking things a little easy at the moment.

Oh, and just to let everybody know, I've just fixed the domain problem that was showing up and my blog should now work again.

Have a wonderful new year, hugs xo

flysongbird said...

the pudding sort of looks like a fruit cake! My mom loves those during winter months. And the mince pie looks like what we call mini quiches over here. yum!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Ooooooooooooo I want to try this.

TheTinyHeart said...

How sweet of Carole to send these to you to try! I'm glad you were pleasantly surprised and enjoyed both :)

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Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Aww Carole is too sweet! I wish I had more "puddings" when I lived in London (but do like sticky date pudding). I never have tried mincemeat either, but I'll take your word for it that it's tasty!

Chic 'n Cheap Living

Natalia | Fashioned by Love said...

So sweet of Carole to post them to you! Did you have the pies warm or cold? I made my own this year. :)
Must admit, when I first moved countries I was very confused about the mincemeat, too. Particularly because we also have minced meat, which IS meat, so I was very curious about my very first Christmas experience. :)

Jessica said...

Wow, Carole was so nice to send those to you. They look beautiful. I actually have never tasted either of them. Maybe next year.

Tracy @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

Joie Fatale said...

Yay! These are the pies you were mentioning yes?

I feel as though I need to try them both...NOW! LOL
I am surprised by the pudding tbh. It does LOOK unapetizing (sp). But it's true (especially about food) to never judge it by its "cover."

MaysaAndSunshine said...

That is a very thoughtful gesture of her to send sweet treats for you to try. They look yummy Kim, thank you for sharing your experience with those desserts. I have sweet tooth this month but have to try so hard to resist, I ate more than I expected to and my pants are tight..ha.

Tr3nDyGiRL Fashion Blog said...

these recipes look gorgeous! very yummy
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
May it filled with joy, love and peace

Shabby, Chic, & Cheap said...

Oh wow! I've never had either but have always wondered what they tasted like and if they'd be good! It's so great you got to scratch something off your bucket list! :)

Irene said...

Hey Kim, I'm so glad you finally got to taste a mince pie and liked it! I love the ones you get from supermarkets in the uk, they're so rich and the crust is sweet and buttery but not too much. The mince pies I baked this year also tasted amazing but I kind of miss the perfect crust the prepared ones have.
I've also tried Christmas pudding sometimes and it tasted great as well - maybe I should think about spending Christmas in the uk some year :)
Have a great week and lots of fun in NYE!
Hug, Irene

Kashaya said...

Looked yummy.=)

Anne said...

So glad you enjoyed them Kim....I love mince pies!!

Darcy said...

Oh my gosh, how fun that she sent them to you to try!! The joys of the blogging world!!

Nancy said...

That is so sweet! I've always been curious too. =D


Coco said...

Carole was so sweet indeed!! I like her very much. Kim, your review about the pudding was hilarious, I was laughing out loud!! I've never tasted these delicacies either, at least now I know what they look like!
I stopped by to wish you a Happy New Year! Much much Love
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jamie @ [kreyv] said...

I have never tasted either of these, but they sure do look pretty! Happy New Year!

worryaboutitlater bianca said...

yummy yummy looks so delicious!!


rachna sharma said...

looks so yummy!

Lynn {hearted girl} said...

what a special gift, so thoughtful of Carole and i love how you've dedicated this post to your magnificent pastry treats!! taste tested and a very sweet blog approved :)

happy holidays Kim, thanks so much for your lovely notes. cheers! ♥

Shea Coleman said...


You're so lucky!! I am glad you got to experience them! They look absolutely lovely!!

Erin Brown said...

This looks delicious! So happy I just came across your blog and am your newest follower!


Julie (Little Pink Rain Boots) said...

Thanks for sharing these treats with us. They look and sound quite yummy. I hope you and your family had a very merry Christmas and that y'all have a happy New Year. By the way I loved your Shabby Chic and Victorian Christmas tree.


Who is that Girl Mo? said...

No lie, mince pie does sound scary but this was a nice treat for you. :-)


Fashion Sky Fall said...

Yummy <3 happy new year!!! :)

Fashion Sky Fall said...

Yummy <3 happy new year!!! :)

Mica T said...

What a lovely gift! :)

My mum always used to make mince pies for Christmas when I was younger. I stopped eating them though after I grabbed one that had just recently come out the oven and took a big bite before mum could warn me. Burnt my mouth so badly it put me off them for life, haha!

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Sacramento Amate said...

Happy 2014, dear friend and thank you for holding my hand all this time.
Love and sunshine ALWAYS.

Tina Bradley said...

Kim, I adore both of these yummy treats! My maternal grandmother made mince pies every Christmas (from scratch). I can still remember how great it tasted! :) Happy New Years, Doll! xo T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

Sam said...

Ohhh yum, the pudding looks sooo good Kim. Thanks for all your support and friendship during the past year. Wishing you a Fabulous 2014! May it inspire greatness and bring you heaps of success and love, topped with happiness, peace and prosperity.

Michèle Kruesi said...

oh my gooood, these are looking so delicious and the christmas card is beyond beautiful. happy new year!


his_girl_friday said...

Such Christmas fun!

Fabulous Petite said...

Oh my i never have them before either but have heard of them too. I guess we all go to London and have a taste. Glad you like them both and it was too sweet of Carole to send you some. Have a great New 2014 Year Kim and all the best. Cheers !!!!


Sara Gerard said...

Those look very interesting! I think that mincemeat pies are kind of like tarts? My grandmother is British, so she used to make them, but I don't remember what they taste like. Now I want some!

Sara Gerard said...

Those look very interesting! I think that mincemeat pies are kind of like tarts? My grandmother is British, so she used to make them, but I don't remember what they taste like. Now I want some!

IamSuperMelski said...

I have never had either before! the mincemeat looks pretty fun and festive, picture perfect for the holidays! Happy New Year!

Carmen said...

These mince pies look so pretty! I never tasted any though! I hope you had a lovely NYE and I´m wishing you a very happy 2014 :)

oomph. said...

i, too, have never tried these since we don't really eat or have them here...but we do eat spam in hawaii, lol! a local fave :)

Rebeca Muñoz López said...

Oooh no! this looks delicious and provocative!


Margarita Bloom said...

Aren't peeps just so awesome? I love me some fabulous good hearted peeps. I've actually never tried these desserts before either but they look pretty yummy!

- Gina
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