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A Cornish Christmas

Tom Bawcock’s Eve is celebrated on December 23 in Mousehole, Cornwall. Legendary fisherman Tom Bawcock is said to have fished during a storm, saving the town from starvation. Today is a parade and celebration, including a local dish, stargazy pie, potatoes, eggs, and seafood in a pastry crust, with the sardine heads staring up. My 8th great grandmother, Marie Southwood Suddeth, was Cornish, she may have celebrated the festival.

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CORNISH PASTY

King Arthur’s favorite food?

Cornish Pasty! Filling: diced potato, swede (rutabaga), onion, beef; salt, pepper. The pastry crust is glazed and crimped along one edge. King Arthur was Cornish—Tintagel Castle. My 8th great grandmother, Marie Southwood Suddeth, was Cornish. (alas, grandma’s recipes are no more)

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Smith Island (275 people, 9 sq. miles) is in the Chesapeake Bay, about 10 miles off the Maryland coast, though it straddles the Maryland/Virginia line. Many of the settlers were from Cornwall. (my 8th great grandma, Marie Southwood Suddeth was Cornish and settled nearby Jamestown in 1635)  They are famous for their Smith Island cakes, 8 to 15 layers filled with buttercream, fudge crushed candy bars. Cooked chocolate frosting.

Dane – down

Thaar – there

Ahland – island

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Blydhen Nowydh Da–Happy New Year’s in Cornish. In honor of my Cornish 8th great grandmother Marie (Southwoode) Sudduth. Also in honor of King Arthur who was Cornish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cornish Christmas

I am wishing you a Merry Cornish Christmas in honor of my Cornish 8th great grandmother Marie (Southwoode) Sudduth.

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