If you are about to visit Fowey or any town in Cornwall, make sure to look for these Cornish delicacies. While some of them may resemble the food that you have already eaten or tasted at least once in your life, you will come to appreciate why some of the worlds most famous celebrity chefs and Michelin Starred culinary experts make Cornwall their home.
Cornwall has always been associated with Cornish Pasty. Fowey makes one of the best in the region. This short crust pastry stuffed with rutabagas, potatoes, onions, and beef from the cows that graze Cornwalls greeneries. Only Cornwall has the right to call theirs Cornish Pasty after earning Europes Protected Geographical Indication recognition. Fowey is peppered with shops and bakeries selling Cornish pasties of all varieties. Pick up a few and enjoy in the luxury of your Fowey cottage or hotel. Or better still do as the locals do and eat yours on the Old Quay in the centre of town.
If you are in Fowey, you simply must try the Stargazy Pie. Imagine fish heads or the head of crustaceans and other seafood sticking their heads out from the pie and you have what has to be Cornwalls second most famous dish the Stargazy Pie. The rich creamy pie comes bursting with flavours from local ingredients amplified by bacon, mustard, eggs, onions, and other ingredients that are locally grown. Youll never look at pies differently again, especially when you try the Langoustine-filled Stargazy pie or even the lowly yet very flavourful Monkfish.
The wide expanse of pasture in Cornwall produces some of the islands best dairy products including milk and cheeses. One of the uniquely Cornish cheese is Yarg, made from Friesian cows milk. It has a very rich creamy exterior and a crumbly core. The cheese is wrapped in nettle coating to protect it from deterioration. However, the nettle has given the Yarg the creaminess that is not found in any other cheese brought about by the greyish mold that grows on the Yargs surface.
Another product of Cornwalls dairy farms, the Cornish cream or Clotted cream is a very thick cream that is produced by indirect heating of full cream cows milk. The resulting cream is allowed to gradually cool in shallow pans making its surface to curdle or to form clots; hence, the term clotted cream. This is the best ingredient to use in your Cornish Cream Tea which is often served with your scones and your choice of raspberry jam or strawberry jam. No Fowey or Cornwall tourist has ever gone home without trying the Cornish Cream Tea with a dollop of the famed Clotted Cream.
While the original Hevva cake is from neighbouring Wales, its Cornish equivalent is something that is extraordinarily unique in itself. Made of flour, lard, butter, and sugar to form the dough, generous amounts of raisins and milk are then folded into the dough before being rolled into a hamburger patty-like form, albeit thinner at half an inch. The resulting half-inch flat cake is then stamped with crisscross patterns to resemble fishermens nets. After all, the Cornish Hevva is well associated with the Cornish fishing industry, and when you are in Fowey, this matters a lot.
While these foods may look ordinary to you, you simply need to taste them to understand the difference. So, the next time youre in Cornwall, especially in Fowey, make sure to have any of these treats.
In 1910 a young brothel piano player called Scott Joplin invented a new style of playing piano that was very different. Although classically trained, he was passionate about lively music that people could dance to. He applied the classical knowledge he had through his musical training and applied to honky-tonk barrel house piano creating ragtime. The name itself sounds new, exciting and a little risque. It isn't really known how the name came abut but we can speculate knowing the habits of party goers at that time.
The new blues music being created by the black community after the ending of slavery in the deep south of America was slowly turning towards dance and musicians often said you had to drag the tempo a little, or 'rag' it. There was also a slow shuffling, but syncopated dance popular among the Negro community called a 'rag'. It's highly probable that ragtime music came from these sources. The basic idea was already there, and Joplin simply added more stop time syncopation to his piano music. A typical piano rag had four parts which were often very different and increasingly complex.
It wasn't too long before a young guitar player realized that the left hand part of a piano rag could be approximated on the guitar. The familiar 'bum-chick' sound of the bass pattern could be made by using the thumb to alternate between two or three bass strings and make a syncopated sound. Ragtime blues was born and became increasingly complex and interesting. It became quite a race to produce something better and more syncopated than the next guy, and the competition must have been fierce.
The king of the genre was a man called Blind Blake, but there were many others who were very slick players, such as Blind Boy Fuller, Reverend Gary Davis and the renowned Willie Walker. During the folk blues revival in the 60s, young guitarist like Stefan Grossman sought out the living blues players (see http://play-blues-guitar.eu) to learn from them, and also adapt their styles into a modern form. A system of notation was invented called guitar tablature which allowed people to write down the exact locations of the fingers of each hand at any part of a piece of music.
The use of guitar tablature greatly accelerated the learning process and it wasn't too long before the best players were transcribing the original Scott Joplin piano tunes for guitar and the circle was complete.
When the warmer, longer days of late spring, all of summer, and early fall are nearby on the calendar, you probably think of what you and your family can do outdoors to enjoy the nice weather. If there are going to be any chances to celebrate a kid's birthday, then bringing someone to bring in a bounce house can provide a nice touch to a leisurely afternoon children's party in your yard. Bouncy castles give kids a chance to get up and down in the air and burn off energy while parents and chaperons rest and chat with one another.
Still, this is a little more complicated than just calling anyone in who offers bounce house services. A number of considerations need to be kept in mind. Safety is absolutely the first one. Any business or individual that provides bounce houses needs to have a proven track record of safely operating such structures. Ask them about if any accidents or injuries have ever happened, and how they handle them. Also inquire about whether or not they just set up a bounce house, leave, and pick it up later, or if they stay on-site during the festivities in case of emergency. A party can get ruined quickly if a bounce house fails to operate and no one comes to fix it until after kids are leaving.
A second primary consideration is how many occupants the bounce house can hold. Many parents might choose to let their kids go into it, just knowing the children are in a contained space and having fun with others their age. However, some parents might want to go in with their children, partly to keep an eye on them, but partly to spend some fun moments with a young one. You need to know in advance what the acceptable head count is for a bounce house, and if adults are allowed in it. A maximum weight count might drop the head count allowed if larger people than kids are in the mix.
The third consideration you want to take into account before having a bounce house hired for an afternoon of leisure is what it will physically mean for your yard. Do you have room in your yard for the bounce house to sit on just grass? Will the grass recover from having something like that sit on it? Also, what about the mechanics and installation? Is a gas motor to inflate the bounce house going to be a potential danger to kids, or will there be an extension cord that is perhaps a tripping hazard at your party?
Now that you know the critical considerations about having a bounce house in your yard for a party or other kid's event, you can decide whether or not any local vendors are right for your situation. Keep in mind whether or not an operator stays on-site, how many and what kinds of people can bounce in the house, and what it will mean for your yard.