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Pasties and Cream


Memories and Recipes from a Cornish Childhood

by Hettie Merrick


Hettie Merrick was brought up in Porthleven during the 1930s and 1940s. For many years she ran a pasty shop in her local village: a tradition carried on by her daughter Ann down at the Lizard.

Cornish food was economical, plain and wholesome with a few treats. These recipes are for traditional meals - breakfast, dinner, tea and supper - handed down from mother to daughter over the generations.

It's food "that'd stick by 'ee' " is a remark often heard. Cornish mothers heave a sigh of relief when their sons marry local girls they know they'd be 'fed fitty'

The recipes are interwoven with delightful memories of the authors' happy childhood in Porthleven and at her grandparent's cottage at Content farm now swallowed up by RNAS Culdrose.

Days of hard work and simple pleasures; a slice of 'thunder and lightening' and a mug of cocoa; the annual fair, 'what a thrill to swing out over the harbour wall'; Feast days and Faith teas, Christmas and concerts.

As Hettie Merrick says "We lived and worked in an environment that had not changed for a long time. The legacy those days left is rich and I hope it will not disappear completely.

A delightful read which is sure to evoke happy memories for those who lived through those days and for those who didn't as a reminder of what we have lost.

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