Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Pasty Presto!

The other day Sue, over at The Quince Tree, made pasties to use up leftovers.  This, and a quick flick through the lovely Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's new book, River Cottage Veg Everyday, resulted in my abandoning my menu plan and baking four veggie pasties. 

There was a turnip (swede to the English) lurking in last week's organic vegetable box and a packet of puff pastry in the freezer.  All the other ingredients were store cupboard basics.

My mum used to make passable Cornish pasties and we gorge on them every year in St Ives, but this is the first time in many years that I have attempted them myself.  Having realised how surprisingly easy they are to knock out, I'm hoping it won't be my last.  Next time I may even include the carrot and onion that I inadvertently left out on this occasion!

We ate two for dinner.  The others will make a welcome break from sandwiches tomorrow.

PS  I nicked the title of my post from a pasty shop in St Ives which produces an aromatic chick pea variation on the original.


  1. Brilliant - I used to quite like those chickpea pasties, though Hugo would argue that Malcom Barnicutt's pasties are better!

    Older Cornish women still make batches of pasties on Fridays, but it does seem to be dying out... There's an absolute uproar over the pasty tax - big news in Cornwall!

    Have a lovely weekend Gai!

    Kay :)

  2. And where does Malcom Barnicutt sell his pasties?

    One of the joys of holidays in St Ives is trying out the different varieties. We're fond of the ones in Pengenna's where you can watch them make them on a long trestle by the window. They're so deft with their crimping. I could do with a masterclass.

  3. Whoops spelt his name wrong, but here's a link:

    A bit far from St Ives, but you may end up in one of these places on a day out!

  4. Thanks Kay. I'll keep them in mind.