…(In the meantime), the Bryon-Edmond family have been studying the History of the Cornish Pasty. And guess what? This most Cornish of foods may not be very Cornish at all.
The standard theory is that the Cornish pasty got going when Cornwall’s tin miners were looking for a convenient snack.
The pasty provided nutritious lunch in its own wrapping. The miner – whose hands would be mucky and possibly tainted with arsenic – could use the pastry crimp as a ‘handle’, to be thrown away at the end of the meal.
Nonsense, says Ben Bryon-Edmond. The pasty first came to Britain in the 1500s from the Mediterranean. It arrived here with the sailors who pitched up at Plymouth.
‘In Devon. That’s where we see the first recorded recipe for the pasty,’ he says grimly.
‘Then the Cornish miners jumped on it and wanted to make it theirs. They stole it from us.’
Elizabeth + Arthur Furrowfield