My mother and her creative food 'substitutions'. - or why I don't think anyone will want to steal my sausage rolls

@boiboing (12524)
Northampton, England
December 21, 2015 4:28pm CST
Today is my sister's birthday and she and our mother spent the day baking for Christmas. This seems to be a neo-tradition that the two of them invented the last few years. They will have been making cheese straws (my Mum's cheese straws are prize-winners), mince pies (for the non-Anglos, that's a pie with a sweet dried fruit filling) and sausage rolls. Normally Mum knocks out a few vegetarian sausage rolls for me and 'proper' ones for everybody else. She's a bit of a traditionalist and still uses some rather nasty stuff called 'Sosmix' which has been around since I was a kid. This year, according to my sister, I shouldn't get my hopes up too much. Apparently she couldn't find the veggie sausage mix and so she improvised with a packet of falafel mix. (Falafels are Middle Eastern chick-pea balls and tend to be rather dry). Now I quite like falafels - now and then. But falafel mix stuffed into a pastry roll? Well it sounds pretty dreadful. My sister just advised that I make sure I have "plenty of fluids" to wash them down.
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21 Dec 15
Oh, bless! At least she tries!
@boiboing (12524)
• Northampton, England
21 Dec 15
She is actually a brilliant baker and repeatedly wins the cookery cup at the flower and produce show but she makes some terrible substitutions.
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21 Dec 15
@boiboing Awww, can she come and teach my Mumsy a thing or two?! My Mumsy can make an amazingly tasty Victoria Sponge biscuit without even trying! It's very funny, but I think I've inherited her baking skills, or lack-of!
@RasmaSandra (12495)
• Riga, Latvia
22 Dec 15
@boiboing Lucky you to have Christmas food made for you. I have to make my own and I haven't even begun but cheese straws sound great.
@Jessicalynnt (48190)
• Centralia, Missouri
30 Dec 15
so was it bad, good, or dreadful?
@boiboing (12524)
• Northampton, England
30 Dec 15
All better than expected.
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• Centralia, Missouri
30 Dec 15
@boiboing tactful. were expectations really low to begin with? lol
@xFiacre (10372)
• Ireland
21 Dec 15
@boiboing I do hope you have been practicing your "Oh yummy, my favourite" face.
@boiboing (12524)
• Northampton, England
21 Dec 15
It reminds me of the year my sister tried out her vegan mince pies on my boyfriend who politely declined seconds saying "They are delicious but I don't think my spoon is sharp enough"
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@LadyDuck (118321)
• Switzerland
22 Dec 15
I also like falafels, but the mix stuffed into a pastry roll sounds weird, I am sure you need plenty of fluids.
@poehere (17342)
• French Polynesia
22 Dec 15
Wow now that one sounds sort of terrible and I know you'll eat at least one of them because your mom make them for you. Good luck and guess you should have a pitcher of water handy or close by.
@paigea (21020)
• Canada
22 Dec 15
let us know how they turn out!
@fishtiger58 (30304)
• Momence, Illinois
22 Dec 15
At least you were warned.
@salonga (27969)
• Philippines
22 Dec 15
One wrong substitution will ruin the entire recipe. Well anyway, lesson is learned here for sure. There is always a next time.
@celticeagle (114185)
• Boise, Idaho
22 Dec 15
Moms are good about making things specially for us. My mother got deathly sick one time on mince meat. I must have traumatized by this because I have never eaten it since. Hope your veggie sausage rolls were good.
@Shellyann36 (8619)
• United States
21 Dec 15
I hate it when I am looking for a particular ingredient and I cannot find it. Good luck with the sausage balls!