Posts Tagged 'Cornwall'

Cornwall around the world – Cornish Fairings discovered in USA!

Yet another new series coming from My Saffron Bun –  Cornwall around the world!

Today, an old school friend, Tina who lives in the USA and follows my blog emailed me to tell me ….well this

“OMG! I just found Cornish Fairings (Furniss Gingerbreads) in Portland, Oregon! YUM!”

Furniss of Redruth established in 1886 and originally were based in Truro.  The oven they have used since the 1950s is still going strong and can bake over 7,000 biscuits an hour – not even I can keep up with that! In the 80’s Furniss moved from Truro to Redruth and took their trusty oven with them piece by piece because she bakes such beautiful biscuits.

To find out more about Furniss click here and to visit their shop and take advantage of their Credit Crunch offer click here.

Why not try making your own biscuits at home by following their delicious recipes here.

Colours on the quay, Mevagissey

Lovely colours found on the quay at Mevagissey

Cornish Saffron Bun Recipe

Every week I see people being directed to My Saffron Bun via their search engines in the hope of finding a saffron bun/cake recipe. Until now I have not included such a recipe but it was always going to happen wasn’t it? So here are a few to get your taste buds going that I have found on the net recently.

Connie seems to be a bit of a star of Cornish cookery and has several recipes on the Green Chronicle website. Check out her saffron bun recipe here.

Another great cookery blog is Baking For Britain with a saffron cake recipe here.

And finally I found this recipe by a lady from Falmouth (so it must be the best!). There is also a nice little bit of history of the saffron bun together with the recipe here.

So to all you bakers out there enjoy making Your Saffron Buns and don’t forget to keep checking My Saffron Bun for more great Cornish recipes and lovely Cornish things.

A bleak day at South Crofty

Retired Miner at mine closure - South Crofty

“Cornish lads are fishermen and Cornish lads are miners too,  but when the fish and tin are gone, what are the Cornish boys to do?”

This ‘graffiti’ was written along the exterior wall of South Crofty not long after it closed down in 1998.  South Crofty was one of Cornwall’s oldest and largest mines which opened in the 1590’s. For several decades, up until 1860s copper was the only ore mined at South Crofty in shallow workings (down to approx 80 metres) The mine was dependent on copper until its reserves were exhausted and in 1873 after much financial investment in new machinery the mine was operating  significantly deeper (approx 480 metres) where only tin was found.

Mining provided a great deal of employment in Cornwall and South Crofty in particular was the main employer for many men in the Camborne and Redruth area. Sadly with tin being imported at a cheaper price than UK mines could supply the tin many mines closed down around the county and South Crofty was the last to close in 1998.

As a student I managed to get into the mine shortly before it closed down and took some pictures both underground and on the surface. I would have been one of the last non workers to have gone underground and for this I was very grateful of the experience. I have some more images I will share at a later date on the miners but for now please enjoy this gritty black ane white.

On a positive note South Crofty became operational again in 2007 with plans to extract further tin, copper and zinc.

To read more about the company who made South Crofty a viable mine again please click here.

Should have picked up the keys for the boat!

'Darn it! I picked up the wrong bloody keys!'

Dont worry, it’s perfectly fine. This old tractor (45-55 years old!) is still working daily taking boats from the shore into the sea and bringing them ashore again. I grabbed this picture a few years ago as the gentleman with his trusty workhorse helped this little boat out to sea.

She's got another 50 years left in her yet...and my shoes are still dry!

The salty water has not done the old girl any favours but the Fordson is still going strong. I wonder how many other old Fordsons are still working hard putting those state of the art Massey Fergusons to shame.

Jack Russell, Fowey Cornwall

'Which ball do you want me to pick up?'

For those of you who enjoyed the dog blog post earlier this week check out this cheeky chappy.

A Donkey Shay

Just chatting to my Dad on the telephone and he was telling me about an oil painting my cousin had picked up from a car boot sale of a donkey shay, the conversation went something like this:

Dad – Francis got a picture of a donkey shay going up hillhead

Me – Sorry a donkey in the shade? I said

D – No a donkey shay! Dad replied

M – What’s a donkey shade?

D – donkey shay!

M – What S. H. A. Y.?

D – Yes!

M – Whats that?

D – You know what a donkey shay is?

M – No I don’t

D – Like a cart, but a shay.

M – Let me Google it

M- Ah a donkey shay! Ok got it

Dad – (relieved sigh)

So, for those that didn’t know what a donkey shay is here is one, photographed in Leedstown Cornwall. Special thanks to the photographer who took this image for putting my mind at rest!

Another great Cornish export not to be taken with a pinch of salt…

Cornish Sea Salt - Proud to be Cornish!

At the Falmouth Oyster Festival I was lucky to meet Graham from the Cornish Sea Salt Co. in the food hall.  Having used the salt for several years, both for cooking and as table salt I was keen to find out more about the company and the products they sell.

Cornish Sea Salt are based in Pol Gwarra, Porthkerris, Lizard Peninsula

Being based at Pol Gwarra, Porthkerris on the Lizard Peninsula in South Cornwall you could say they are pretty close to the sea! The salt which they harvest is hand harvested 8 metres from the Grade A classified water.

Cornish Sea salt not only looks great on the table, it retains over 60 naturally occurring trace elements vital for our wellbeing and gives more taste for less salt making it a far healthier alternative to the ordinary table salt most of us have in the cupboard.

When Becky first brought me back some Cornish Sea Salt smartly packaged in some trendy little box I remember thinking, wow what a great idea – so simple yet so brilliant! On trying a little on my finger, it’s a million miles from your basic table salt, in taste, texture and appearance.

If there is one thing you should do this week to kickstart a healthier diet then buy yourself some Cornish Sea Salt you will be glad you did! Now stocked at various food shops across the country you may be lucky for find some on your high street. Click here and enter your postcode for your nearest stockist or buy online here.  Once you have bought some why not try some of their gorgeous recipes here.

Cornish Sea Salt Products

Available in original or why not try their popular pinch pots where the sea salt is mixed with different flavours to further enhance your dishes. Flavours include Chilli, Onion, Smoked, Salt and Pepper and Garlic. Becky loves the chilli salt for jazzing up houmous, dollop the houmous (shop bought!) into an attractive bowl and a drizzle of oil and a sprinkling a chilli salt. Great flavour and looks more exciting too!

They are also great presents to take home from your holiday in Cornwall. Why not try a little stack of three rather than a box of fudge or biscuits for your friends and family or the neighbours who looked after your pet!  I’d look after anyones goldfish if it meant I got brought back some of these…

Used by many celebrity chefs including Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Mark Hix, Jason Atherton and Rick Stein its a must for any budding chefs.

Twas an early start last Thursday

Last week, we got up early and headed for Newlyn to see the fish market. Well, we got there at 7.30 but we were not early enough for those Newlyn fishermen!  I will head down there again and hopefully get some fish market action!

It was a dreary old morning with sea mist covering most of Cornwall that day, but in many ways the subtle tones of the sea and the boats make for a dreamy look.

Here’s a little shot I love for its simplicity, the way the sky fades into the sea and the red of the lighthouse contrasts against the grey sea and sky.

How to make your own Clotted Cream…..Mmmmmm!

Thanks to one of my readers for asking how to make clotted cream. Well, I’ve had a look around and spoken to my parents who can both remember my grandmothers making it on the stove!

It sounds pretty simple although I have not tried it but here goes…

Take your milk with as high a fat content as possible, if you can get it straight from the cow and preferably a high butterfat milk producing cow such as a Guernsey or a Jersey. Alternatively use gold top milk which will have the highest fat content for milk from your milkman or supermarket.

Pour the milk into a pan and leave for at least 12 hours which should allow the cream to rise to the top. Heat slowly and simmer (not allowing the milk to boil) for about one hour. You will see a yellow crust start appearing on the top which is the start of your clotted cream.

Remove from heat and allow to cool in a cold place. Cover and leave for 12 hours.

If you have not been tempted to dip your finger in by now you will now have clotted cream. Remove the cream with a butter knife or spoon and store in fridge.


Rodda’s, one of the most famous companies from Cornwall renowned for their clotted cream. Why not visit their website here where you can find out their history of making clotted cream, try their recipes and why not treat your family this weekend with some  of their clotted cream from the Rodda’s shop! Happy days!


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