Some time ago, Greg talked about the lengths he and The Feeshko went to in order to get a good pasty on their trip back home. I asked Greg what made the perfect pasty. His description sounded a lot like the pasties in Oz (it turns out those Cornish miners went all over the world and took their pasties with them). If you want to get really technical, there is apparently a difference between a Devon pasty and a Cornish pasty. But I digress.
Now, I’ve tried a few of these from time to time, but like meat pies, you have to eat a lot of them to find the precious few that are actually nice. However, they are filling. So I thought that I might try a pasty at the various bakeries I pass on my rides. Oz has lots of independent little bakeries and pasties are generally available. So I was going to do the Oz pasty collection (before collections were a challenge).
However, around the same time that Greg posted about the pasty, I was doing another round of food challenges to see if I could find what has been causing me so much trouble for so long. Well, unfortunately for the ‘great pasty hunt’, eliminating gluten has made a huge difference in my digestion and inflammation levels. Like… HUGE. Like… I will do whatever it takes to maintain this level of function. And that means no pasties.
So, no pasty collection. But, I did spot the ad in the feature photo at the petrol station the other day. If I had been able to do a ‘great pasty hunt’, I think I would have passed this one up. I cannot imagine anything much more vile than a petrol station pasty other than a vegan petrol station pasty!
Even though there will be no great pasty hunt, I did manage to get out for the November tour I had been looking forward to since June. When my health crashed in August and September, I was thinking any sort of tour was going to be unlikely. However, I did manage something. It wasn’t quite what I originally thought, and it included more sleeping than riding, but it was refreshing and probably just what I needed anyway. You can get to the Intro page of the tour here: https://rambleoutyonder.org/2020/11/27/all-the-pieces-left-behind-introduction/
(Oh, and by the the way, rutabagas are called ‘swedes’ in Oz. And it is generally found in pasty recipes here).