No Christmas cake for me, but I’m happy with sprouts

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We all know that one of the best things about Christmas is the food. But is it, really?

So many people seem to dislike so many traditional Christmas foods. Personally I’m not a fan of mince pies, Christmas pud or Christmas cake.

When we mentioned this issue on the show, loads of people got in touch saying they too don’t like much in the way of Christmassy foods.

Even Jez, who is renowned for eating pretty much anything you put in front of him (apart from pickle), doesn’t like mince pies.

For some reason Brussel sprouts have developed a bad name for themselves, but actually I really quite like them. And out of all the people who got in touch, very few mentioned despising the humble sprout.

One food, or rather drink that is improved over the Christmas season, is wine. I’m generally not a wine drinker at all for 11 months of the year, but come December when the mulled wine makes an appearance it’s a different story.

So let’s ditch the Christmas food and just consume mulled wine at Christmas! We might not remember anything come 2015 but at least it’ll taste nice!

Jez: When it comes to festive foods I am kind of split down the middle. Some festive foods are really gorgeous, however some I absolutely hate.

A few years ago my wife discovered mini Stollens. These are a taste sensation and I normally find it impossible to stop at just one.

I really like the fusion of marzipan, almond and sultanas and the fact that a mini one fits perfectly inside the mouth and melts on your tongue.

The Christmas food I detest is the mince pie. The problem is that all my life I have really hated brown pickle. You could offer me a thousand pounds to eat a jar and it wouldn’t be enough.

I think the filling inside mince pies looks similar to brown pickle and because of this I have developed a hatred for them.

I also don’t like mulled wine. I like my beverages to be served cold and fizzy. If I was marooned in the Arctic I’m sure I would like a large mulled wine, but in a warm house with central heating I prefer a beer.