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What you need:

300g  extra fine green beans
75g  dry cured un-smoked back bacon
4 shallots, finely sliced
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1tsp thyme, chopped
2tsp  basil infused olive oil
2tsp toasted pine nuts

What you do:

Place a small pan of water on the stove and once bubbling pop the beans in for 2-3 minutes, drain into a colander and refresh under cold water.

Place a large frying pan onto a medium heat and add the basil infused oil. Then add the bacon and shallots and cook for 5 minutes until soft and the bacon has crisped up a little.

While this is going on add the sliced garlic and fry for a minute or so until you have a wonderful aroma of bacon, garlic and shallot. By which time add the beans and cook for 2-3 minutes along with the fresh thyme. Once you feel the beans are hot enough, season to taste and serve garnished with toasted pine nuts.

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What you need:
12 oz/350 g plain flour
8oz/ 225 g butter, cubed or an half & half mix of margarine and lard
1 beaten egg + 1 cold water as needed
1 jar of mincemeat
icing sugar ( to dust )

To make the pastry…

Place the flour, butter  into a large clean bowl.
Rub the butter into the flour with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs, working as quickly as possible to prevent the dough becoming warm.
Add the egg to the mixture and using a cold knife stir, add cold water a teaspoon at a time until the mixture binds but don’t make it too wet that it is sticky.
Dust a work surface lightly with a little flour and roll out two-thirds of the pastry to 1/8″/3mm thick. Cut circles to line the cups of your tin, don’t worry if the pastry doesn’t come to the top.
Fill the pastry lined tins 2/3 full with mincemeat.
Roll out the remaining pastry to the same thickness and cut smaller circles to fit as lids on the tarts or to be decorative, cut stars or other fancy shapes.
Dampen the edges of the tart bases with a little cold water and press the lids on. Make a small hole in the surface of each pie with a small sharp knife to allow the steam to escape.
Bake in the preheated oven for 20 mins or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with the icing sugar.

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