DECEMBER 2: Clementine Zing for Pastry⁣

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DECEMBER 2: Making yours a Cracking Citrussy Christmas⁣ #lovecitrus⁣
Welcome to The Lemon Grove’s Festive Kitchen ⁣

Quick tip when you making pastry for your mince pies … grate in a little clementine, tangerine or a similar citrus zest 🍊 for a delicious tangy bite.⁣

Modern mince pies are filled with fruits and spices and were introduced by Crusading knights who bought a version ( with meat) back from the Middle East. ⁣

These ingredients were said to represent  gifts the three wise men gave to the baby Jesus in Bethlehem, hence the link to such pies being made at this time of year.⁣

I like mine with with a heavy dusting of icing sugar and a generous dollop of cream. ⁣

How about you … how do you eat them, or perhaps you don’t like them at all 😳

Bruce McMichael

Food writing, discovering food stories, meeting producers, chefs and food enthusiasts are all part of desire to inspire, inform my readers and fellow food lovers. I am a freelance writer, journalist and published author focusing on the international world of food and drink, culture and travel. In 2019 I graduated from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, Italy with a Masters in Food Culture, Communication and Marketing. I am now a visiting Professor at the university teaching Food & Drink Writing. Based in London I travel widely, particularly across western Europe. I have chaired many conferences and meetings, spoken at conferences and events and often appear on radio and TV talking most about food, the business of food and being an entrepreneur. In 2017 I won an episode of the ITV (the UK-based national television channel) cooking competition show, 'Gordon Ramsay's Culinary Genius'. I took my children on holiday to Sicily with the prize money. As an experienced farmers' market manager and operator of a small marmalade/ preserves company, I am very familiar with the issues surrounding local food, farming, enterprise and the environment.

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