A Kinrowan Estate story: A Cornish Breakfast

G’Evening Anna,

Oh, I meant to tell you that you missed a culinary treat last week. Iain asked Mrs. Ware to have the Several Annies prepare a traditional Cornish breakfast, including hog’s pudding (simply a white pudding) and Cornish potato cakes alongside the usual bacon, sausage, tomato, mushrooms, egg and toast which is what we serve here normally as the weather stays stubbornly cold. We’re getting a period of cold, damp weather, unusual for April I grant you,  which makes working outside challenging, so Mrs. Ware decided to do this.

Mrs. Ware made it more interesting by adding to the menu gerty meat puddings, a Cornish dish somewhat similar to haggis. Oh, that did turn a few of them a whiter shade of pale unlike the pig butchering which they took well, as offal in cooking always looks, errr, awful, no matter how much Iain, the consummate Scot that he is, thinks it looks good and tastes better. Mind you that’s only after three or four shots of single malt taken neat that he is seen to actually consume haggis!

Chy Spriggan (Cornish for ‘Shifter-Beast House’), our resident theatre group this winter, later put on a play of the Mouse Hole Cat story, which is based on the legend of Tom Bawcock, the stargazy pie, and the cat who goes with its master on a fishing expedition in rough seas. It was a most excellent experience!

Until next time, Gus

About Gus the Estate Head Gardener

I’m the person responsible for both the grounds and the livestock which are raised here. I live with Bree (my wife) in one of the cottages that has been here for centuries.

I actually enjoy Winters here as my work load is considerably reduced as I let the younger staff members handle the needed work which leaves me time for reading, ice skating and skiing, not to mention just being with my wife. Bliss!

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