When I first moved to Australia I was amazed at how mince tarts were everywhere at Christmas. When I was a kid, mince pies were something my mom made at Thanksgiving or Christmas to accomodate the old people in my family. I don’t know that I ever tried my mom’s pie because I was turned off by the word “mincemeat”.
So, imagine my surprise when I tried a mince tart my first Christmas in Australia and found out that- Hey!- I actually liked them.
Last year, my last Christmas in Australia before moving back to the U.S., I had the privilege of participating in Mince Pie Making Day at Brendan’s house. He and I worked on a radio show together and every year he invites friends and co-workers to his house to assemble hundreds and hundreds of mince tarts. Everyone gets to take some of their handiwork home.