posted on Dec, 16 2018 @ 05:28 PM
Funny story - when I was just knee-high to a grass hopper, one of my grandmothers was notorious for messing with my head, and generally just being a
crusty ol' lady. Both of my grandmothers were responsible for making the dessert pies for Christmas. One time I was milling about in the kitchen
when grandma was making a pie, which she was none too happy about. And at one point I mentioned that 'mince meat' pie was my favorite. Well, that
happened to be the pie she was making. So, she turned to me and asked me if I knew what they were made of. Of course I had no idea, so I asked her
what they were made from.
She told me..."MONKEY MEAT!"... and then she told me to scram.
I never touched a mince pie after that...which made her quite happy and smug.
Fast forward about 15 years (about 20 at the time), my grandmother had long since passed. Mom was making pies for Christmas and asked what kind we
wanted. My vote was basically for anything BUT mince pie. Mom asked why. I told her because I didn't like eating monkeys!! Mom was
I explained that mince pies were made from "monkey meat" and that's why I never liked them!
She said "Where in the heck did you ever hear THAT????"
So I explained I'd heard it from grandma when I was just a little kid, and that was all I needed to hear, so I never looked into if further.
She busted out roaring laughing! Then, in between snorts of laughter, she explained what they were really made of.
Every Christmas after that until Mom passed I always ate mince pie, and she always had a ball telling the family and any guests the story of the great
'Monkey Meat Pie' conspiracy.