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Mince Pies and Christmas Cake

I have been at the Good Food Show Winter in Birmingham all weekend, I was mostly on the Hotpoint Stage doing live demonstrations. It was such great fun as always! I know I always bang on about it but one of the best things about the shows is that I get to meet so many lovely people who support me and who follow me on Twitter and Instagram.

 

 

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I stayed at Hampton Manor in Hampton-in-Arden, Solihull. I have been staying here for a few years now and it just gets better and better! The rooms are beautiful and the food is fantastic, but most of all the service there is what makes it. The staff are so enthusiastic and knowledgable. It is a real treat to stay there, really relaxing and lovely after and an added bonus after the crowds at the Good Food Show.

 

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Today I am making my Christmas cake and mince meat for mince pies and the house is filled with the smell of Christmas. Anyone who is here when I make the cake gets to have a stir and make a wish, those who aren’t here get to make theirs over the phone! it’s tradition! I am also getting the advent calendar chocolates ready and the Elf On The Shelf will be back again tomorrow for another Christmas stint!

 

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I have included the recipe for my mince pies here, the mincemeat is so easy! Trust me, when you’ve made it once you will never want shop bought mincemeat again. Let me know how you get on! As always I love to see your photos of my recipes you have made, you can follow me on Twitter – @lisafaulkner1 and on Instagram- @lisafaulknercooks .

 

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On Sunday I will be at The Good Food Festive Fayre at Hampton Court Palace. I am particularly excited about this one as anyone who knows me will know I have history with this beautiful place…I was christened there, in The Haunted Chapel and my grandfather used to work there and was responsible for the maintenance of the beautiful stained glass windows so we were regular visitors there when we were younger, privileged to be allowed to run around and explore where the public aren’t usually allowed! You can find more information about the food show and tickets here. Come and say hello!

 

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Have a lovely week,

Lots of love

Lisa xx