I was feeling peckish in the worst way this morning and decided only a pasty would do. I headed to the pasty shop I’d just heard about over the weekend, The Pure Pasty, only to see that dreaded “Closed Mondays” sign on the door. Craving thwarted! Ah well, shall try again later in the week. (Should you need an English-food-item fix, gaze upon the lovely Pure Pasty pics on this blog.)
But as I poked around on their Web site and read some of their reviews, I noticed that Vienna Connection did a bit of Tudor name-dropping in their pasty background: “The earliest historical reference to pasties was in the time of King Henry VIII, when Anne Seymour asked they be made for her husband, the king.”
Which wife was that? Anyway, I did a Google search and found this boast on pasty Web site after pasty Web site: “There’s a letter in existence from a baker to Henry VIII’s Jane Seymour, saying ‘Hope this pasty reaches you in better condition than the last one.’ ”
Than the last pasty did? Than the last wife? Ah, the trouble with dangling modifiers! But I can’t find a reputable source that connects this tasty treat (which, for my fellow Americans, is pronounced PASS-tee) to any of Henry VIII’s wives, let alone Jane Seymour (nor Anne Seymour?).
What say you, Tudor fans and/or tasty treat fans? Rumor or the real thing?