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Valco butchers Andy and Kieran are meat professionals image credit Roughcut TV

Valco butchers Andy and Kieran are meat professionals
image credit Roughcut TV

 

No, I’m not referring to the infamous meat scandal of 2013 which, in case you’re not aware, had something to do with a different variety of mammal flesh being found in British grocery stores’ frozen beef burgers and prepared meals.

 

Rather, the mystery meat to which I’m referring is mince. It may seem a trivial thing to focus on, but in the course of watching British telly recently I encountered the term several times.  Are they talking about the stuff they put in the pies at Christmas time, I wondered? That’s not even got actual meat in it anymore as far as I know. From the examples I saw, whatever mince may be it’s obviously an important ingredient used to impress people.

On the new ’70’s era sitcom The Kennedys, for example, mother Brenda (Katherine Parkinson) wants to put on the first ever dinner party in their housing estate. She charges her husband Tony (Dan Skinner) with preparing a dish called lasagna that she has a found a recipe for in a magazine. She tells him it calls for pasta (not in a tin) and, you guessed it,  “Mince. You know mince. You know it.” No, Brenda, sorry I don’t!

Dinner party guests look on at the exotic lasagna with mince image credit BBC

Dinner party guests look on at the exotic lasagna with mince
image credit BBC

 

The second time I came across mince was in an episode of Man Down. Daniel (Greg Davies) is trying to win back his girlfriend Naomi (Deirdre Mullins) and this is his plan which requires the assistance of his friends Brian (Mike Woniak) and Jo (Roisin Conaty). “You follow me to Nobby’s tomorrow, we drop the car off, we go back into town, I pick up some meat, you drive me back to Nobby’s, I drive my car back home, I cook us a meal, I put on some soft music, Naomi comes round, she likes the mince, next thing she knows, she’s married to me.”

Want to know how it all turned out? Sorry for the poor quality video…

 

Where I’m from we call this hamburger, ground beef (or pork or whatever). It’s a versatile source of protein to be sure.  Mince, however, sounds more delicate and I have to wonder if many of the fast food chains that have flourished here would have done so well if they were making their famous burgers from something called mince.

 

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