Friday’s Foods of the World: St Ives, Cornwall

Today, we are looking for beach food! What is a better place than along the Boardwalk at St Ives! Find your place in the sun and pull up a chair! We are on Vaca!

St Ives, Cornwall, UK

This is how you do utensils at the beach!

St Ives, Cornwall, UK

And, this is what you drink…….mimosas………

The Mimosas in St Ives on the Beach

Add, a big chunky, cheesy, cornish pie, a salad and sandwich and you are good to go! Well, more than good to go……….. good for a week! For hubby, add tea with a home-made tea cosy to keep it warm!

St Ives, Cornwall, UK

The Cornish pie or baked pasty is a food particularly associated with Cornwall and the men, who worked the tin mines. It is made by placing an uncooked filling , typically meat and vegetables, on one half of a flat shortcrust pastry circle. Then you fold the pastry in half to wrap the filling in a semicircle and crimp the curved edge to form a seal before baking.  In Cornwall the pasty is formed in the shape of a “D” with the crimping to the side. The miners had a complete meal that could be easily carried and eaten without utensils and could stay warm for several hours. If it did get cold, it could easily be warmed up on a shovel over a candle! The pasty was side crimped so the miner might hold the edge of the pastry, so his dirty fingers (possibly including traces of arsenic) did not touch his food or his mouth! The edges of the pasty were thrown away. Maybe, I have this in my DNA, because I never like the crusts or hard edges of any baked or toasted food! Ha ha! Often pasties were marked at one end with an initial, so the miner could recognize his pasty, if it was not all eaten at once. There is a belief that the pastry on a good pasty should be strong enough to withstand a drop down a mineshaft and the barley flour that was typically used, did not make hard dense pastry………

The traditional Cornish Pastry is filled with beef, sliced or diced potato, swede (also known as a yellow turnip or rutabaga) and onion, seasoned with salt and pepper, and is baked.  Today, the pasty is the food most associated with Cornwall. It is regarded as the National Dish and accounts for 6% of the Cornish food economy. Warrens is the Oldest Cornish Pasty Maker in the World!

Warrens Bakery, St Ives, Cornwall

The Skys Diner was packed everyday and was also busy with tourists taking out shopping bags full of pasties!

St Ives, Cornwall, UK

The Cornish Pasties……..all lined up in the windows……

St Ives, Cornwall, UK

Another good St Ives vaca food was the pizza!  It was served with a cheesy garlic bread, shaped very similar to a pasty! Well, I think we’ve loaded up on enough calories for one vacation…….time for that walk on the beach!

Peppers Pasta and Pizzaria, St Ives, Cornwall
St Ives, Cornwall, UK
Friday’s Foods of the World

I hope you have enjoyed my foodie post for Friday from St Ives………… If you would like to post your foodie photos from around the world,  just leave a comment with your post and share a little about where and what you were eating! I’ll share them in my following posts every Friday! Here are few from the past week! Some good eating here!

Better get your tastebuds ready! TravelWithMe

It’s a perfect day for this! Geriatrixfotogallerie

Ju-Lyn is introducing us to Sutay! TouringMyBackyard


PS I am away on travels this week (YEAH) so this post has been pre-scheduled. I will not be able to read or comment on your thoughts for a few days, but I will get to them when I get back! Adding some new adventures! Cady

16 Comments Add yours

  1. Your pics make me want to be there! 😍

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  2. Yummy … that Cornish pasties looks absolutely delicious! It was very interesting to read the history behind this popular pasty 👍🏻.

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    1. Yes, I thought so too! Cady

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  3. margaret21 says:

    You certainly needed a good beach walk after that little lot!

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  4. Dr B says:

    That doesn’t look like a Cornish pastie on the plate😂. My maternal ancestors were from Cornwall, tin miners and copper miners going back to the 17th century. In the late 19th century there was “the great migration” many sailing to the USA where in some places there are still Cornish festivals held ……. including pastie making. My grandmother and mother were dab hands at it, I can still smell them being taken from the oven, piping hot. Not sure what wine I’d choose today to go with them though!

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    1. I am going to start taking photos of the menus, so I can remember what they call everything! Ha Ha! That cheesy dish was a big hunk of melted cheese! There were pasty shops here at every turn! Cady

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  5. restlessjo says:

    I do like a good pastie, though I’m not sure that I ever had a traditional Cornish one. Yorkshire ones are pretty good too 🙂 🙂

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  6. Ju-Lyn says:

    Ooooh, hope you are having a fabulous vacay! Looking forward to hearing about it.

    Such yummy looking pies & pizza…. and with the beach as a backdrop … bliss!

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  7. I need an English vacation! 🙂 … someday!

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  8. Toonsarah says:

    The beach at St Ives is a great spot to enjoy an open air lunch, I agree 🙂 And you can’t beat an authentic Cornish pasty! The item on your plate, however, looks more like a grilled or toasted cheese sandwich, not a pasty at all? But the ones in the shop window photo are definitely the real thing!!

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    1. I am not sure the exact name of that cheesy plate. It wasn’t a sandwich, because we had that on the plate as well! WHATEVER the “official name” it was huge! I have learned from you from now on I am going to take a photo of the menu, so I know exactly the name of what I ORDERED! So much to remember! Ha Ha! Cady

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  9. Jo Shafer says:

    I’ve baked pasties before, after reading about them in one of the novels set in Cornwall. The American fruit turn-over pie is quite similar, but be careful when you bit into the filling! Terribly hot.

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    1. Yes, you are right about biting in to them! The hot filling of the fruit tends to scald your mouth! Cady


    1. Trix, what a beautiful setting and presentation of food! It looks like everyone tried something different! Were those potato cakes? And that salad looks so tasty and beautifully prepared! What was the the third entree down? A type of schnitzel? Cady

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