Entries by shawn merrikin

Meet Ambassador Matt Grant, world envoy for the pasty

Like the pasty warmly enfolds turnip, onion, potato, and minced beef, Matt Grant has been warmly enfolded by the community of pasty makers. Grant runs the Great British Pasty & Pie Company in Arnprior, Ont. The English expat has only been making pasties for a few years now. But he’s good at it. So good […]

Choughed With Pasty Championship

No Bude winners but three victories for one family and a top award for a baker who travelled from Canada were among the highlights of the fifth annual World Pasty Championships at the Eden Project today (Saturday, March 5, 2016).   Thousands of people flocked to the home of the famous Biomes on St Piran’s Day […]

Cornwall and Canada are victorious in Westcountry’s World Pasty Championships

The Westcountry has celebrated the fifth annual World Pasty Championships. The event was held yesterday at the Eden Project with Padstow pasty champs Choughed enjoying multiple victories. More than 200 pasties were entered into the eight classes covering amateurs, professionals, juniors and companies. Luisa Ead claimed victory in the Cornish Pasty Company category on behalf […]

Found: A complete Christmas dinner in a pastry packet

What: A complete Christmas dinner in one savoury pastry packet, including oven-roasted turkey, gravy, potatoes and homemade stuffing studded with Upper Canada cranberries. Why: “I started making these for Christmas last year, and once people tasted them, they didn’t last very long,” says Arnprior’s Matt Grant, who started The Great British Pasty & Pie Co., two […]

DesBrisay Dines: The Ottawa Farmers’ Market’s Christmas Market

The Bird. Oh lordie, the bird! Have you ordered a fresh, local, pink-and-plump, contented-till-the-day-it-met-its-Maker variety bird? Or will you head to the supermarket and buy a ‘butter’ basted frozen rock of a beast with a wing tip missing? Rather depends on your budget and your beliefs, but this story isn’t about that. This is about […]