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10 pasty facts you may not know

By This is SouthDevon  |  Posted: July 14, 2008

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1. The word pasty comes from a middle English word meaning made of paste (pastry).

2. An Oggy is a slang term for the Cornish pasty derived from its Cornish name, hoggan.

3. Popular fillings down the years have included egg and bacon, rabbit, apples, figs, jam, egg, currants, but fish has never been regarded as an appropriate pasty filling.

4. Some mines built huge ovens on the surface to keep the miners' pasties hot until it was time to eat.

5. Housewives sometimes marked their husband's initials on the left-hand side of their pastry casing, in order to avoid confusion at lunchtime.

6. It is believed Henry VIII's wife, Jane Seymour, enjoyed a tasty pasty on several occasions.

7. When the Cornish rugby team plays an important match, a giant Cornish pasty is symbolically hoisted over the bar before the start of the game.

8. A good pasty was thought to be strong enough to drop unharmed down a mineshaft.

9. It is thought to be bad luck to take a pasty on board a ship.

10. It was once said the devil would never dare to cross the River Tamar into Cornwall for fear of ending up as a filling in a Cornish pasty.

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