Pastys – where to get decent ones?

Pommy bastard 18 February 2009 65

Ok, following on from the “good sandwich” thread, I’ve been inspired to put in a request of my own.

Does anyone know where I can get anything like a good “Cornish” pasty in Canberra?* I’ve had many things masquerading as “pastys” in Canberra, and in Aus, but nothing has come close to a real “Cornish” pasty. One had mashed spuds in it! One even had the whole contents mashed together. I used to live on the blooming things back in Blighty, and must admit the best I had, apart from those I make myself,  were in the Duchy itself

So any tips?

For those of you who have not tried this culinary delight, here’s a description;

    A pasty (Cornish: Pasti, pronounced  (the ‘a’ pronounced as in ‘cat’), less commonly as tiddly oggy or tiddy oggy, and sometimes as pastie in the United States, is a filled pastry case, commonly associated with Cornwall, United Kingdom. It differs from a pie as it is made by placing the filling on a flat pastry shape, usually a circle, and folding it to wrap the filling, crimping the edge to form a seal. The result is a raised semicircular package. The traditional Cornish pasty is filled with diced beef, sliced potato and onion, and baked. Pasties with many different fillings are made; some shops specialise in selling all sorts of pasties.

* Replying; “yes, in Cornwall,” will not earn you any brownie points I’m afraid.


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Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 7:53 am 03 Mar 09

Thanks to both, will check them out next time I’m in that neck of the woods.

poptop poptop 10:56 pm 02 Mar 09

Over in Homeworld.

bigfeet bigfeet 8:32 pm 02 Mar 09

PB for what is worth “The Brothers Oven” won the Best Pastie category at this years Canberra Show but I am not sure how many entries they were up against.

I think they are down at Tuggeranong somewhere.

geetee geetee 11:16 am 22 Feb 09

And the cry “Oggy Oggy Oggy” supposedly the root of our “Aussie Aussie Aussie” chant

Speaking of all this fantastic South Australian stuff, where in Canberra can you regularly get Vili’s pies? I’m just fanging for a ‘normal’ or potato pie from Vilis. Mmmmmmm…

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 8:10 am 22 Feb 09

In a move of blinding stupidity, blinding even by H&S standards of blatant stupidity, the pasty is under threat in Cornwall;

Civil servants are talking about imposing a health regime on food, which could ring the death knell for pasties and place strict limits on other savoury snacks, fizzy drinks, crisps and confectionery sold in canteens and via vending machines and trolleys.

The Department of Health is planning to test “healthier food marks” to encourage caterers to offer smaller portions.

Mr Valentine said Ginsters’ pasties already met the highest nutritional standards because ingredients were sourced locally.

Independent pasty maker Ann Muller, of The Lizard Pasty Shop at Helston, Cornwall, said she was bemused by the news.

“I’d like them to come and analyse one of our pasties, because I don’t think there is any hidden salt content,” she said.

http://www.thisiswesternmorningnews.co.uk/news/Pasty-producers-reject-health-watchdog-plans/article-716638-detail/article.html

Anne’s pasty’s are amongst the best in the Duchy.

deezagood deezagood 2:42 pm 19 Feb 09

I first mentioned the pie floaters (mmmmm)

peterh peterh 2:36 pm 19 Feb 09

buggered if i know what happened there, didn’t put in the comment about pie floaters…

peterh peterh 2:31 pm 19 Feb 09

Furry Jesus said :

Adelaide has several home-made specialities – the most-available pasties in Australia for one. Every bakery sells them. Here the bakers that can be bothered with making them seem to think flaky pastry is somehow value-adding. And I agree about Cornucopia – everything they make seems to be overloaded with butter, and I hate that feeling of oiliness that you get on your fingers if you’ve been holding one of their bags for too long.

Another Adelaide special – the spinach roll. Thick pastry covered in sesame seeds, and two ingredients – spinach and thick melted cheese. Canberra’s spinach rolls are pale imitations for the dietically faint-hearted.

there is a list of delicacies from sth aust, some of which you can get here….
yoyo biccies are in iga stores. wanniassa bakery does spinach rolls, so does the brother’s oven. there are a few things that you can’t get outside of SA, pie floaters are one.

fritz is the main one….

Cornish pastys are around, as are proper pork pies. try edelweiss deli at woden, they may have some as well.
Pie floaters? If you’ve ever seen the congealed pea soup that gets brought in from the factory and reheated to make a pie floater, you might think again…

deezagood deezagood 2:30 pm 19 Feb 09

Furry Jesus said :

Pie floaters? If you’ve ever seen the congealed pea soup that gets brought in from the factory and reheated to make a pie floater, you might think again…

I don’t think the ‘congealed pea’ part of a pie floater are as much of a concern as the dubious contents of most meat pies …. floaters (pie variety of course) still taste fabulous!

Furry Jesus Furry Jesus 2:05 pm 19 Feb 09

Adelaide has several home-made specialities – the most-available pasties in Australia for one. Every bakery sells them. Here the bakers that can be bothered with making them seem to think flaky pastry is somehow value-adding. And I agree about Cornucopia – everything they make seems to be overloaded with butter, and I hate that feeling of oiliness that you get on your fingers if you’ve been holding one of their bags for too long.

Another Adelaide special – the spinach roll. Thick pastry covered in sesame seeds, and two ingredients – spinach and thick melted cheese. Canberra’s spinach rolls are pale imitations for the dietically faint-hearted.

Pie floaters? If you’ve ever seen the congealed pea soup that gets brought in from the factory and reheated to make a pie floater, you might think again…

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 1:23 pm 19 Feb 09

Oh, but just to rub salt in, I’m just about to have my first home made one of the day 🙂

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 1:16 pm 19 Feb 09

Without wanting to fan any flames here;

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

Enriched doughs and pastries aren’t greasy if they’re made properly. Same for fish and chips.

Proper pasty pastry should be short crust, and therefore not greasy at all.

deezagood deezagood 11:52 am 19 Feb 09

Kitty7 said :

I am counting down the days till I have a holiday in Adelaide. Then I will be feasting on them daily, and flying home with a freezer full of them from the bakery around the corner from where I will be staying.

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You can keep your Adelaide pasties Kitty; my Adelaide cravings all involve their amazing ‘pie floaters’ …. mmmm pie floaters … mmmm … best. thing. ever!

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 11:37 am 19 Feb 09

petty agro

JB, my comments were not directed at you 🙂 (is that better). Dunno if I’d call it agro either. Just differing opinions, which I know you encourage.

Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 11:36 am 19 Feb 09

Enriched doughs and pastries aren’t greasy if they’re made properly. Same for fish and chips.

G-Fresh G-Fresh 10:43 am 19 Feb 09

Oh you two.

johnboy johnboy 10:40 am 19 Feb 09

God it’s been a while since you’ve unleashed your petty agro on me TM.

I like pastry made with butter.

I don’t like pastry leaking so much oil the whole paper bag goes clear before you can put it in the car.

I know many real pastry chefs who can manage the balance.

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 10:15 am 19 Feb 09

Greasy pastry in everything

Yes JB, becuase they ACTUALLY use butter instead of shortcutting and using all kinda of other cheaper oils that most bakeries do to cut down on costs. Have you ever tried pastries in France for instance. By the sound of your tastes, I suppose you wouldn’t like them.

johnboy johnboy 9:11 am 19 Feb 09

The troubles with Cornucopia are:

1) Greasy pastry in everything

2) No matter what time you try and go there, it’s always closed.

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 9:03 am 19 Feb 09

Thanks Peter, they sound great, and I’ll be giving them a go this weekend (great excuse to cook a lamb roast too).

For PB: Cornucopia is in Braddon 😉

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