Thursday, August 2, 2012

Virtual Vacation: Cornwall and Cornish Pasties

Bob here:  
 As you probably know I'm British, and my mom has instilled a lot of national pride in me.  Lately she and dad have been watching the old TV series Jeeves and Wooster.

Its helping to improve my understanding of British aristocracy, British style humor and the music is not at all bad if you like 1920s songs.  This song is our house favorite

In fact the line "only one for me" is on mom and dad's wedding rings.   Anyway in one memorable episode Pearls Mean Tears Jeeves and Bertie go to the sea side.

I'm not sure exactly where they are but it could be Cornwall.

Isn't it lovely?  Wish I could go there and explore.  

In addition to the lovely beaches Cornwall is also famous for one particular food, Cornish Pasties.  Tasty little meat pies.  You can make them at home and imagine you are walking on the beach!

Cornish Pasties


4  cups sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 cup, 1 stick butter
1 cup  solid vegetable shortening
11 tablespoons iced water
2  teaspoon salt

Whisk together the flour and salt.   Rub in the butter and shortening until the mixture resembles bread crumbs.  Put a hole in the center of the bowl and add the ice water and stir until the dough completely comes together.   Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour.


1 tablespoon olive oil
2 medium onions, peeled and diced
2 small carrots, peeled and finely diced
2 lbs ground lamb
3 medium potatoes, peeled and finely chopped
1 teaspoon herbes de Provence
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp English mustard powder
1 egg mixed with 1 tbsp water, for the egg wash.

Saute the the onion in the oil over medium heat until softened.  Add the lamb and brown 15 minutes.  Mix in the herbes de Provence , 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce and 1/2 tsp English mustard powder.  Reduce the heat to low and cook for hour hour.  Add the carrots and cook 10 minutes.

While the meat is cooking prepare the potatoes by cooking them in boiling salter water until tender.

Preheat the oven to 350.

When the meat is done stir in the potatoes and season with salt and pepper.

Roll out the dough on a floured surface and cut out circular rounds of about 6 inches.   Put a heaping spoon of filling on one half of each round and fold over the side and crimp shut to make the pasty.  Cut an opening for steam to escape, you can make plain lines or do initials like mom did.  Place the pasties on a parchment lined sheet pan and brush with the egg wash.  Bake for 45 to 60 minutes until golden brown.

Serve with Branston PickleHP Sauce, and a side salad.


  1. Jeeves and Bertie and pasties........Brilliant. Have a great day and we are just chuckling thinking of which event J&B would enter in the Olympics.
    Best wishes Molly

  2. Now Pasties we have :-)
    Locally they are made most often with ground sirloin rather than lamb... they came to this area of Michigan with Cornish miners and other miners adopted the food - it's now considered "local" and essential to life here.

  3. oh those look deeelicious bob!

    it is so fun to have and english favorite on the bloggy today as we feel we have been in london watching the olympics!

    m & a

  4. Wow that food looks great! I love food...your mom is my idol now cos she always makes you guys such wonderful meals...i love my mom don't get me wrong...last night i had a few frozen green beans and bits of apple with my kibble.....(see why your mom is my food hero) Have a great one! Stella Rose

  5. What ho Bob!
    What a jolly old post. You're having a spiffing time in Cornwall, aren't you dear chap. Did you know Gail named me after Bertie Wooster? (Bertie Woofter or Bertie WFTer, she calls me). Apparently both the Wodehouse character and me make her smile. Although, as a Scot, I am not too happy about what old P.G. said about Scotsmen...(Google 'P.G. Wodehouse quote Scotsman' if you're not familiar with it).
    Toodle pip!

  6. The London Olympics seems like a perfect time to get in the mood for British life.

  7. Hope she doesn't give you homework or anything. Yum yum
    Benny & Lily

  8. That brings back memories :)
    Cornwall is a gorgeous place and the pasties are divine!
    Dip Bridge and Elliot x

  9. That pastry sure looks yummy, you always have delicious recipes!

  10. Hi Bob!
    Those little meat pies look DELISH. My dad watches those Jeeves and Wooster DVD's like once a week. I like to sit on the couch and snuggle with him when he's watching them. I was checking my email on his phone once and noticed he even named his phone "Bertram Wilberforce Wooster". He wanted to let your 'rents know about the Jazz Age Lawn Party that is on Governor's Island twice each summer (you guys may already know about it since you've lived in NYC longer than we have). He and mom went in June but there's another one in August. No dogs are allowed (boo!) but he said it was really fun - everyone gets dressed up in 1920's apparel and there's a big band.

    Toodle pip, Old Bean!