I have a feeling that someone somewhere will take offence at this post. I usually talk about a food that I enjoy in a post like this, but today I was reminded of two of my least favourite foods.
Think about pastry. There are various types, and well made they are delicious whether used for sweet or savoury dishes. However, when it is badly made it is more than offence to the taste buds! We don't eat pastry very often but when we do it is usually shortcrust, and I make it - well, by the way, however, I have memories of very bad pastry, and I want to tell you about those now.
My earliest recollection of bad pastry was when I was at school. I usually went home for lunch, but for reasons I don't need to go into now I always had to have lunch at school on a Friday. This may not seem a problem at first, but now let me tell you that I went to a convent school - and no meat was served on Friday. In fact, there was only one dish that was ever served on Friday and that was cheese and potato pie.... We were all convinved that is it was really potato, flour and water pie because there was never any evidence of cheese (it may well have lived on the shelf next to the flour, in retrospect) and the pastry was the hardest most disgusting flour and water crust you have ever seen. We weren't allowed to leave anything on our plates, so we took it in turns to secrete a bag into the dining room so that we could dispose of the offending 'pie'. We would leave the dining room with the 'bag holder' suitably surrounded by the rest of the class, and we didn't get caught once!
I have the same feeling about cornish pasties. I have never tasted a good one. One of the problems is the onion. Onion that is not previously cooked but steamed within a casing is really unpleasant, however the pastry adds nothing to the combination as it is always so thick and hard. There is a well known brand that is advertised regularly on television and once, a very very long time ago, I was given one to eat. Memories of that one bite is enough to make me heave, and seeing a well known chef prepare one on TV in a recent re-run brought back all the old horror, even the picture of the finished dish did nothing to alleviate my distress.
So, if I am coming to dinner - please don't serve me cheese and potato pie, even if it is well made - and definitely don't offer me a cornish pasty, well made or not.