Ginsters Original Cornish pasties are the original grab-and-go handy snack, easily enjoyable and made with pride in Cornwall by Ginsters from quality British ingredients.
It’s Cornish Pasty week from the 25th of February until the 3rd of March 2018, which culminates with the World Pasty Championship that takes place at The Eden Project on the 3rd.
It is the perfect reminder to grab one of these original handy snacks. A proper Cornish pasty has to be made in Cornwall, but you don’t have to travel West to get hold of one – Ginsters Original Cornish pasties which have a PGI – Protected Geographical Indication are made in Cornwall and are easy to find in the chiller cabinet of your local supermarket.
A proper pasty should contain beef, potato, onion, and swede (but definitely no carrots!) all wrapped in flaky layers of puff pastry crust (a Ginsters pasty has 80 layers), and Ginsters pasties are really rather good. What makes a Cornish pasty so special is the peppery hit from a generous seasoning of black pepper.
Ginsters have been making pasties in Callington, Cornwall from quality British ingredients since 1969 . Their pasties really hit the spot, and are made with 100% British beef and vegetables grown just 15 miles from the factory. They are certainly doing something right and now sell a massive 800,000 pasties a week.
One of the stories about pasties is that the crimp was developed for Cornish tin miners to use as a handle when underground and unable to wash their hands. Likewise, there are tales about pasties with one end being savoury, and the other sweet to give an entire meal in one package.
They do need to be heated up to be best enjoyed, and again, there are stories about that: apparently, the well-known rugby chant of “oggy, oggy, oggy” (replied with “oi, oi, oi) has it’s origins in Cornish tin mines, derived from the Cornish word for pasty, the hoggan.
Apparently, the cry of “hoggan/oggy” went up when the pasties were hot and ready to eat, and the “oi” reply was the acknowledgement.
While I’m not sure how much I believe these stories, I do believe that a good Cornish pasty is much tastier than you might remember, especially if you’ve only experienced poorer quality offerings eaten too cold.
Whether you worry about the stories or not, there’s no denying that a proper Cornish pasty, expertly made by Ginsters, makes a great lunch that makes me want to grab my wetsuit and body board and head for the West again.
We love our annual trips to Cornwall, and a Ginsters original Cornish pasty eaten in the depths of winter here in London instantly transports us back to those golden beaches, rugged headlands, blue skies, lighthouses and secluded coves.
When we have a Cornish holiday a pasty is very much on the menu for at least two lunches, best enjoyed on the beach after a spell in the sea body boarding, or to set you up before or after a cliff top walk. All these photos of Cornwall were taken on a 6 mile walk around Trevose Head. Because of the winding coastal path the scenery changes dramatically with each twist and turn.
The perfect day in Cornwall
- 1 sunny day
- 1 beautiful Cornish beach
- Good tides, wind and surf
- 4 wetsuits ((you are not going in without))
- 4 body boards
- 4 traditional Cornish pasties ((served piping hot))
- 4 ice creams ((served iced cold))
- 1 beautiful cliff top walk
- 4 cream teas
- One a beautiful sunny day, pack up your gear and head for the beach.
- Wriggle into your wetsuit, grab your body board and head for the sea.
- After a couple of hours in the water, collapse on the beach and warm up and refuel with a Ginsters Pasty.
- Take in the views in the afternoon with a clifftop walk.
- Finish off the day with a cream tea.
Ginsters Original Cornish Pasties, which have a PGI, are sold chilled in the supermarkets across the whole of the UK for all to enjoy – RRP £1.70
Post sponsored by Ginsters, all opinions our own.