Sunday, June 12, 2011

Yes, sometimes I cook

I have to admit that these pictures are from are a while ago. Shows how many outfit pictures I've been taking lately...

A little background on this. My book club read The Forgotten Garden (which you can read a bit about here). I was hosting at my place and decided to make it a theme. This gal loves a good theme. The book took place in Australia and Cornwall so that was my jumping off point. I went to my local cheese shop and got an Australian blue cheese and a delicious English cheddar. Not Cornish but let's not split hairs here. Also, my great-grandfather was from Cornwall. Cool right? Side note: this makes me one generation too far removed to get a British visa. Oh, you know I looked into it. Back to the other story. My grandma used to make pasties for us. They are these delicious meat pies that are from Cornwall. The miners used to bring them for lunch because their whole meal could be contained in this little package. Much more filling than a sandwich. Anywho. I've always LOVED pasties but never made them for myself. What better excuse than to make them for a book club meeting, right? I already told you I'm a sucker for a theme.

I used a combination of this recipe and this one. I used their recipes mostly for the dough. I sort of made up the proportions I used for the filling to be honest. It worked out perfectly though. I wanted to make 1 and a half of the recipe because I thought I had about 7 people coming. So since the recipe made 6, 1.5 would be 9. Perfect. Plus, I didn't want to go through all that trouble and not have any for leftovers Turns out only 5 people were there including me and each person only ate 1/2. Leaving me with a whopping 6 and a half left. Could be worse :)
Here are a couple of the steps in picture form. It was a pretty tedious process but they turned out pretty damn delicious. I made the dough the night before and this really helped when I was rolling it out. I also peeled and cut the carrots the night before as well as the onion. Not for any particular reason except I wanted less to do the next day.

You want to cut up everything into (what you consider) bite sized pieces.

I separated the dough into 9 balls the night before

You have to roll it out pretty thin but don't worry if it doesn't look pretty (it will still be tasty)

Just laying the filling on one side of the dough and then fold over


I punctured little holes with my fork just because I felt like it. I also had to bake them a bit longer than it said. Other than that, go forth and make Cornish pasties!


  1. wow it came out amazing... i want one :)

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  2. Oh yeah right.  Martha's would be much more precise and pretty looking. I don't care about that :) Let me know when we are going on a date!

  3. Salvaged StrawberryJune 16, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    Yum-my! I would love to eat these! They look amazing! :) You will have to teach me. Cayla loves pasties!!!