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MONDAY, 14TH NOVEMBER 2011
Traditional Cornish foods

 

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Don't just limit yourself to cream teas next time you're down in Cornwall. If you're renting one of our cottages in Cornwall on your UK holidays, then there's plenty of local produce to savour. Luckily there's also lots of walking to be had - over the moors, along the coast - so your waistline doesn't have to suffer!

Mining marvel
Where better to start than with the humble Cornish Pasty? Much imitated, but never bettered, the pasty originated as an edible container for the lunch of Cornwall's tin miners. It's even been granted Protected Geographical Indication, meaning only genuine Cornish Pasties can be sold as such. Chunks of meat - rather than minced - potatoes, onions, a dash of salt and pepper, and perhaps a little swede are packed inside a shortcrust pastry outer. Grab onto the crimped crust handle on the side and dig in!

Fishing for compliments
With such an extensive coastline, it's little wonder that seafood features heavily in Cornwall's cuisine. Hit the markets and cook up a fishy feast in your self-catering cottage in Cornwall - sole, monkfish, skate and hake are all up for grabs in the major ports of Falmouth and Newlyn. Smoked mackerel is another delicacy - tuck into a smoky soufflé or just enjoy it as it is. If you find yourself near Padstow, why not try one of Rick Stein's four restaurants? There's fancy fare at the Seafood Restaurant, but sometimes the simplest things in life are the best - fish and chips at the seafront is hard to beat.

Cream of the crop
How do you spread yours? We're talking cream teas, with dollops of thick, Cornish clotted cream from Cornish cows grazing on Cornish pastures. Add a generous spoonful or two of strawberry jam and a pile of freshly baked scones or Cornish splits and you've got the makings of something very special. Or cool down with a clotted cream ice cream as you stroll along the beach.  For something a little more savoury, stuff a few slices of Cornish Yarg between two slices of bread for a superlative cheese and pickle sandwich.

Bakery bliss
Bees love Cornwall, thanks to the county's abundance of wild flowers. And where there are bees, you'll find honey, and honey cake.  Spices are also a Cornish favourite in baking - try a Cornish Saffron Bun, or swap your usual digestive for a gingery Cornish Fairing to dunk in a cup of tea. If you're in town for Helston's annual floral dance then you can tuck into a fruity, steamed Helston Pudding, baked especially for the event.

Feeling fruity
Cornwall's temperate climate lends itself to fruit-growing. Strawberries from the Tamar valley are sweet and tasty, while a gooseberry sauce is the perfect accompaniment to baked mackerel; a traditional Cornish dish. The warm, Gulf Stream air also means vegetables such as potatoes and beans are incredibly tender and ready for picking early in the season. Plate them up with a bit of fish and wash it all down with cider made from apples ripened in one of Cornwall's orchards for a truly Cornish meal. Or, for a bit of sophistication, try a glass of white wine from one of the county's vineyards.

Thanks to http://www.britannia.com/cooking/articles/cornwall.html for lots of tasty titbits surrounding Cornish cuisine.

 

 

POSTED BY: RACHAEL
AT 11:58

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