They’re a sweet treat fam­i­lies en­joy at Christ­mas. But for Lynne – they’re her meal ticket...

Pick Me Up! Special - - Real Life Tasty - Lynne Ber­ba­ti­o­tis, 36, Lan­cashire

Pulling open the oven door, a rush of hot air warmed my cheeks. In­hal­ing deeply, I breathed in that fa­mil­iar scent of warm pas­try and sweet, sug­ary mince. Bliss! With win­ter well and truly set­ting in, it was bit­ter out­side.

So, how bet­ter to beat the chill than with a pip­ing hot mince pie, washed down with a brew?

To most peo­ple, mince pies are some­thing that goes hand in hand with Christ­mas. But not me. I’m ab­so­lutely mad about them. Al­ways have been. And I tuck into them all year round.

For me, they aren’t just a scrump­tious, snack – they’re my meal ticket.

See, I’m a pro­fes­sional mince pie taster.

I know it’s not ex­actly a job ti­tle you hear about ev­ery day. But I ab­so­lutely love what I do. For months now, I’ve been tour­ing the coun­try in search away around 1,200 calo­ries a day in pies alone. Luck­ily, I’ve man­aged to stay a svelte size 10. ‘How on earth do you do it?’ pals mar­vel. But there’s no spe­cial se­cret to my trim fig­ure. Just good old-fash­ioned ex­er­cise keeps me in shape. A keen run­ner, I’ve got five marathons un­der my belt. And I’m even train­ing for a triathlon! Well, I’ve got to work of all those pies… In my world, a typ­i­cal work­ing week sees me tour the coun­try try­ing dif­fer­ent pies, get­ting a sense for what works – and what doesn’t. I then re­port my find­ings to Asda, my em­ploy­ers. Over time, I’ve even cooked up a for­mula for the per­fect pie. Firstly, when it comes to pas­try, it has to be crisp yet crumbly. And as for the fill­ing? Three parts fruit to one part su­gar and brandy equals one tasty treat. Turns out snack­ing can be very sci­en­tific! And de­spite the fact I eat them ev­ery sin­gle day, I’ll still be tuck­ing in come 25 De­cem­ber. Af­ter all… What’s Christ­mas Day with­out a mince pie!

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