Exploring the humble Cornish Pasty!
Can we request stuff?
Stuff like cucumber sandwiches - to go with our silver tea services
I had a summer of cucumber sandwiches when I was in college. My roommates gf was an english major and she was curious about them. So we 'reinvented' them from a picture. THey seem sort ho hum - but OMG we got obsessed. I have never forgotten my little friends (the sandwiches not the roommate).
We played it up naturally - we allowed ourselves to use words like "extraordinary", "too common", "too too sick-making". Little expecting the sandwiches (white white bread, a molecular monolayer of mayo, paper thin cukes, the crust CUT OFF, and cut into daity triangles) would take over our lives for a season.
Can we make Jaffa cakes as well - for High Tea you know
that's a pepperoni roll in West By God
My abuelita would have called this an English empanada. Looks delicious.
Why festive? Why not festivus?
...and I thought that was just a Upper thing.
A stew wrapped in a sturdy crust. Food to go and keep you going.
I grew up on cornish pasties and sausage rolls, and fish and chips... and of course Tetley's bitter.
Now that I think of it it's a fucking miracle I'm still here.
Nicola, you are a world treasure!
I was once in London by myself, staying at the Strand, and behind the hotel is Covent Garden AND CORNISH PASTIES. It was great.
The pasty is prelude to the futury. - Old Saying I Just Made Up
Funnily enough, there’s a cornish pasty place (or was, when I lived there) in the near north downtown aka “arts” district in Las Vegas. Damn good food, small band shows in the back.
Oh. My. Giddy. Aunt! I 💖LOVE💖 pasties!! It has been approximately 500 years since I’ve made a batch. Thank you thank you thank you for this!
(Also thanks for the reminder that I haven’t finished watching Poldark.
One my favorite things about growing up near the Upper Peninsula of Michigan was the abundance of pasties. A lot of Cornish and Welsh miners immigrated to the area back in the 19th century and they brought that food tradition with them. They are one of my favorite comfort foods.
Pepperoni rolls, West Virginia's favorite (and official, but I have FEELINGS about that and we won't discuss it in public) were invented by an Italian baker who immigrated to the central Allegheny region, he sold them as an inexpensive, easy, and filling lunch to Italian immigrant coal miners.
A proper pepperoni roll is just pepperoni in bread. People try to add all sorts of other things, but once you start adding cheese and sauce and peppers, they become a whole lot less bucket friendly and lot more expensive. Also, you want to grind your pepperoni, slices are okay but inferior and sticks are just plain bullshit. I will fight you about that.
OneYieldRegular mentioned my local place to get pasties: Grass Valley, California.
There are two shops to choose from. You can order them frozen and keep them until you are ready to warm and eat them. Used to buy them all the time. A quick and filling meal on a cold night...
In a strange twist, there is a barber shop just below one of the pasty shops. In this barber shop is a sign, with an arrow pointing up which reads, "Fresh Meat Pies," in a tip of the hat to Sweeney Todd.
There's been talk of empanadas downstream and I've been on a little bit of an empanada expedition lately. Here's a recent example in actual stereoscopic 3D. These are mostly beef and corn.
That's a full width, parallel, side by side view for the two or three of you with 3D monitors, TVs, or faceboxes. The rest of you, just think of it as two very similar pictures.