My attempt to bridge DD with reality, baby steps

So these are the Cornish pasties I've just cooked today. I have never been to Cornwall, never eaten a Cornish pasty, nor have I ever tried to cook any sort of pie. However, many of my dd's have English characters (I'm American) and I ran into several news articles debating exactly what constitutes a proper "Cornish" pasty. So being a self repecting Brit loving MD person with a day off...I attempted to make them using a recipe found on the internet. No carrots! I haven't tried them yet. I don't know what they're supposed to taste like. They look good. Anyways, the important thing is is that I did something in real life rather than just dd'ing about it. Maybe I'll make a brisket next!

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Comment by J Noland on October 8, 2011 at 2:01pm

I'd definetely send you  a sample of the pasties if they could survive the trip! I'd have to send them first class! I really need to watch a video of how they're made but I just felt like going for it that day. The side crimping is a learned skill that I still haven't mastered, I'm more of a mad smasher :) I think the recipe I used was from in a traditional British recipes heading. It said absolutely no carrots for a proper Cornish pasty, but I've made some non-Cornish pasties since then with carrots. I used a skirt steak which was one of the recommended cuts of meat to use(way too much fat in it for my taste!), are you vegetarian? The rest was rutabega (swede), onion, and potato. They are a handy thing to make ahead of time for an easy meal, which is why they became so popular I've read.

 Good job spelling out crane flies! Now you have more power over them. I've heard they eat mosquitos, nice of them! I'd love to visit Rowe's in Cornwall, I'll add it to my list of things to do if I ever get back to England for a visit! Don't worry, I wouldn't hurt a fly (not even a crane fly). I'd love to hear your nan's opinion on proper dough technique for pasties. Cheers Cornwall!

Comment by Truthful Alibi on October 8, 2011 at 9:41am

Well, I live in Cornwall! Lol. Anyway, they look good, the crimping is on the side, many people make the mistake of crimping them on the top, which means they're not Cornish, lol. If you ever come to Cornwall, your best bet is to find a Rowe's and buy a pasty from there, then you'll know what Cornish pasties are supposed to taste like!

Anyway, I always say 'If a pasty isn't Cornish, it's not a pasty!' So as long as you make your pasties the good old Cornish way, I'll be happy. Lol.

What recipe did you use and what site was it on? I'll check the recipe with my Nan, she makes good Cornish pasties.

The best pasty there, from the looks of it, is the oe in the bottom right hand corner. It's not too flat, and it looks smooth and doesn't have too many cracks/holes in it.

Hey, I have an idea. I'll send you the bugs I don't like so they can live in your house, you send me the pasties and I'll try them and see if they taste right! Everybody wins! Especially me, because I get to get rid of the crane flies (hooray I typed it!) and I get to eat pasties for free, and you get rid of your pasties! XD. I'm joking, I'm joking, but, like my best friend says, I do too much of that. Undoubtedly, everyone on this website also knows that.

Hm, I wonder how much it costs for 4 Cornish pasties to get a seat on a plane? XD

What did you put in it? I bet you put meat in it! You evil person I can't eat the pasties now! (joke) If you did, oh well, it's not like I could actually have eaten them anyway. And no carrots? I like carrots. Lol, I am a weirdo. Just to tell you, even though it's probably obvious (but I'm worried in case it's not because I'm paranoid about offending people even if they live all the way in America so can't kill me... but then you said that you did something you had only DDed about so... now I'm worried XD) I was joking about the 'You get rid of the pasties', 'you evil person' etc etc, so please don't be offended and do something (kill me) in real life that you DD about.

OK, I've gone on and on and on, sorry, so I'll stop typing now.



Comment by J Noland on September 29, 2011 at 8:44pm
Oh wow, I really didn't think that would post! Lol, I guess my phone needed a vacation!
Comment by J Noland on September 29, 2011 at 8:43pm
Sounds perfect Roxanne. I'm out of town so it's a little tricky for me to post, my phone is a diva
Comment by roxanne on September 29, 2011 at 7:33pm
JeN, I just added a discussion about dinner, as it gets hard to keep going back to find this thread.  Hope that was OK.  This way, every time someone adds something, it goes to top of posts, and will be easy to find.  It's in discussion forum.
Comment by J Noland on September 26, 2011 at 7:22pm
It seems like it may be easier to cook something different for each of us. I don't mind going along with cooking something that someone else picks though. I just don't want to make anyone feel like they have to cook something complicated or that they wouldn't like. I don't have any restrictions, I'm a true omnivore. Those spicy meatballs sure are sounding good.
Comment by roxanne on September 26, 2011 at 12:29pm
Will we be trying to cook same or similar things?  Or just stick in time period?  Katherine, maybe we can run things by you, if you are fussy.  I can't eat nuts or dairy, but I'll just improvise there.  Otherwise, I eat anything.
Comment by Katherine on September 26, 2011 at 10:44am
It'll be 7pm here in England. No idea what I'll cook yet... I'm very fussy!
Comment by sasi on September 26, 2011 at 4:10am

I am going to try Jazarriyah(it was from the same site as JN suggested).I don't like lamb but am going to do it slow cooked with braising steak instead.

Am going to do baked apples for desert as we have them growing on tree in the garden and they would have done similar in 14th centuary England.My take poetic licence and add honey cinnamon and raisins as all available in islamic recipies of the period

Comment by J Noland on September 25, 2011 at 8:47pm
Yep, just took the test. I am officially a highly sensitive person! But I'm also a logical person so I don't freak out as often as I should. The Italian recipes looked so good. I think I'll add fresh pasta making to my lessons. This cooking thing is sticking around for me. I bought an apron, an apron!

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