The (otherwise unrelated) mention of mincemeat in this question reminded me of a scene I saw in a British television show at some point in the 1980s. I really don't remember very much, except the one scene that I am going to describe—and I didn't really remember that until the mention of mincemeat jogged my memory.
There were a number of American public television programs that rebroadcast (and sometimes co-produced) British television shows. This started with Masterpiece Theatre, which expanded to Mystery!. This was probably shown on WonderWorks, which did the same kind of thing for British (and Canadian) children's programs (and also produced miniseries of its own, which were reciprocally shown in Britain); I remember watching Tom Baker in the BBC-produced dramatization of The Silver Chair on WonderWorks, circa 1991, and I am pretty sure that the show I am thinking of must have aired before that.
I don't remember much, except for a scene in which one or more youthful (probably preteen) protagonists were trapped in a dimly-lit, brick-line, pit-like cell or oubliette by a group of witches. One of the witches sticks her head into the pit—either to interrogate the prisoners or perhaps just to taunt them—and after a bit of argument, one of the children says that she looks like (or is) mincemeat. This stuck in my mind, since it seemed an incredibly mild insult, but the very British witch appeared to have been deeply offended. She departed the conversation at that point, although I think that another member of her coven took her place and bandied a few more words with the kids in the bottom of the pit. From the way I recall the boy who compared the first which to mincemeat was dressed, I would guess that the story was set in the early twentieth or late nineteenth century.