UNIT 4. 4C, page 32
The sandwich was invented in the UK.
Presenter Now, today we’re in Cornwall in the south-west of England, a beautiful region on the coast, which is also famous for its excellent food. One of its specialities is the Cornish pasty. Dean Roberts from the Cornish Pasty Association is here in the studio today to tell us more about it. Dean, for those people who have never tried one, can you give us a description of a Cornish pasty?
Dean Yes, of course. Um, a pasty is a savoury dish made of pastry, that is, a mixture of flour, butter, water and salt. Inside the pastry we put beef, potato, onion and another vegetable called swede. Then the pasty is cooked in the oven. You can eat them either hot or cold, and if you haven’t tried one, you should – they’re delicious!
Presenter Cornish pasties have been around for a long time, haven’t they, Dean?
Dean Yes. Cornish people have been making pasties since the 13th century. Then later, in the 17th and 18th centuries, they became popular with miners, because they could eat them in the mine with their hands for lunch when they were working. They didn’t need to use a knife and fork.
Presenter So, tell me, Dean, what’s the difference between a Cornish pasty and a normal pasty?
Dean Well, our pasties are the real ones. They’re made in Cornwall. They’re made of a special type of pastry, and they’re shaped like the letter D. Our pasties have more meat than the imitations, too – at least 12.5%.
Presenter Why is the Cornish pasty so important to the people of Cornwall?
Dean Oh, the pasty is really important for the local economy. Thousands of people work in the pasty industry so it helps to create a lot of jobs. The pasties themselves are sold both in Cornwall and in other regions of the country, so it generates a lot of income for us.
Presenter Well, thanks very much for joining us, Dean.
1 It’s in the south-west of England.
2 Apart from swede, there is beef, potato and onion.
3 Miners used to eat them.
4 Because you don’t need a knife and fork.
5 At least 12.5%.
6 Pasties create jobs and generate income.