Like I said, I went to Cornwall, and had a Cornish Pasty in St. Ives. This one:
The ‘L’ in the pastry stands for lamb, and I know that lamb is not an authentic filling for a Cornish Pasty. The shop where I bought this one also sold steak and stilton pasties, which I thought I thought sounded OK, but would have been even less authentic.
But this would the least of it – other shops were selling unthinkable variations: Red Thai Chicken Curry! Chicken, Bacon, Chirizo!!
Later that same weekend, eating at the Seven Stars pub in Stithians I was hoping a Cornish pasty would be on the menu, so I could order one for compare and contrast purposes. I was disappointed but settled for the turkey and ham pie, which was no less of a pasty of than some of those others.
Still I think the real culinary adventure I had in Cornwall was buying a Cornish Hogs Pudding from RJ Revarthan, Wholsesale Butcher and Livestick Hauliers. And for those who like to know about local sourcing and provenance the label even had details of where the hog was slaughtered – at the Roskrow Abattoir, Roskrow, Penryn.
When it was cooked, the hogs pudding looked like this: