Saturday, 14 March 2009

Cornish Pasties

I didn't live in Cornwall for 28 years without learning that you NEVER refer to a pasty as 'Cornish'. A pasty is a pasty. Yesterday I made 33 (yes 33!) pasties. We are having a party tonight, a sort of 'launch the new kitchen party' (well, any excuse for a get together with friends!). I decided rather than doing lots of buffet things to have a 'pasty supper'. I adore pasties but rarely make them as all the preparation is so time consuming. In fact the best part of the day was taken up with this task!

I started making my own pastry but resorted to using ready made (well, if it's good enough for Delia, it's good enough for me).


I find a production line is best and a friend called to help me keep the bowls topped up, peeling and chopping.


One down, 32 more to go!! Apologies to any Cornish readers - I have never perfected the art of crimping and this is the best I can do.
This week we had the new gas fire installed in the kitchen. It's great becasue it swivels round so that it can be pointed to wherever you are wanting the heat.
The CAFE sign is now on the wall. It certainly felt like a cafe doing all that cooking.


Here are some more photos of the kitchen. There is still painting to finish (skirting boards and door frames) and I haven't really 'dressed' the room yet as I want to introduce a lot more vintage items.




Above the island we have a double horse's yoke we bought in France several years ago. When I saw it I thought it would look great as a light fitting but when it came to it we couldn't bring ourselves to 'deface' it so the spotlights hang above the yoke.


12 comments:

  1. Oh wow your new kitchen looks amazing!
    Eeek but 33 pasties, phew your certianly deserve a glass of something nice tonight after all that work! Have a fantastic evening with your friends.
    love
    Alison
    x

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  2. Oooh your kitchen is beautiful! I think it's so lovely and spacious, the yoke really sets it off. Those hanging lights are fab too. I hope the party goes brilliantly.

    Mel xxx

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  3. Them 'pasties' look perfectly crimped and very yummy. I do hope that the evening went well.
    How do you feel this morning?
    The new kitchen is wonderful, so big, bright and full of light.
    It is great to have a lounge area in the kitchen/diner. That is what we have too, we call it the family room as that is where we all are most of the time.
    The windowa/doors are great too, are they new?
    I would like to change our sliding doors oneday.
    Carol xxx

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  4. What a dream kitchen Ruth, and a great size space for working and relaxing in. You must be so thrilled with the finished look. I remember making 'Cornish' pasties at school as part of the O level syllabus, I do like a homemade pasty, even made with Delia cheat's pastry! I hope all goes well with the party for your friends, have a lovely time. x

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  5. What a fabulous blog! and what a lovely room, so much light! it will look wonderful when it's dressed up. Can't wait to have a peek at that. I love pasties too, though it's vege. ones for me.
    Hope we have more of that glorious sunshine today :o)
    xx
    Sumea

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  6. What a lovely spacious kitchen - I should think you'd get mine in there half a dozen times:) I love the double horse's yoke, I really like anything to do with old farming life. Those pasties look delicious too.

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  7. Ruth, you're kitchen is just stunning! Beautiful! You must be so pleased with the results. What a great room to spend time in ... especially when you have 30 pasties to make! Hope you had a great party
    Kimx

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  8. What a stunning kitchen you have created Ruth - well done on all that hard work...
    Happy cooking!
    Niki

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  9. Hi Ruth

    It looks fabulous - and so worth all the dust and the wait!

    Hope the pasties went down well, however they were crimped!!

    Sorry to have missed you on Friday but I'm sure we'll catch up another time.

    Sue x

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  10. Hello Ruth.. I have been scrolling back down through your blog as I have missed so much of it..
    I was delighted to see a mention of one of my fave foods!
    I was taught to make pasties in Coverack when I was 10 years old by Angela Julian..who lived in April cottage then.. not far from Sunny Corner where we owned Wyndleshore..
    I will never forget those cookery lessons with Angela and I always look forward to my first pasty on every visit to Cornwall.
    What a fabulous kitchen you have.. I love all the light and space..unlike our cave like kitchen!
    Michele xx

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