I have to lull myself back to blogging and what a way to start. Celebrate both being back in Wales and celebrate St David's Day. I am of course wearing my daffodil, though its starting to look a bit limp now.
I was going to make some Welsh cakes; and put a twist on them, perhaps using some dark or white chocolate to appeal to the nephews and nieces. But on my way back from the employment agency this morning, I was coaxed by the smell of freshly griddled Welsh cakes from the market, that I just had to go in and get some and whilst still warm, tuck into right away. Oh they were so easy to eat. So light and melt into your mouth like sweet warm shortbread crumbs.
I've written about from Sant Dewi aka St David: The National Saint of Wales before, so I won't do a repeat post. If your interested see here, but what is worth repeating is that Saint David was a vegetarian. Interesting fact as Wales is now known for its vegetarian cuisine. Saying that though, there are a handful of famous Welsh vegetarian recipes: Welsh Rarebit, Leek and Potato Soup, Glamorgan Sausages, Leek and Cheese Flan, Anglesey Eggs, Penbryn Cheese Pudding, Laverbread in its purest form and one that is not really Welsh but often gets associated with Wales is the 'Red Dragon Pie'. Oh I am guilty of it too. I made my own version of Red Dragon Pie a long while ago.
So what have I got to share with you on this rather nippy, yet fine sun-shining day. I must admit I have made a 'Caerphilly Cheese, Leek and Potato Pie', but I have decided to share a pie I made a few months back when I was still in Scotland. I played with my Welsh Dragon cookie cutter. Instead of making cookies, I decided to use it for the shortcrust pastry casing; and for the other I made castle turrets (see back photo in photograph below). I have to admit both were a little fiddly, as on baking the pastry flopped, so a bit more experimenting before its made to my full satisfaction. Still the result impressed me enough to share with you all.
If you want more Welsh Recipes to celebrate St Davids Day in style, well check out my sidebar or follow this link for some inspiration.
D is presently with me in Wales, though he will have to travel back and fro to Scotland regarding the sale of the flat. He has been teasing me about my Welsh accent, saying that it's like I've never been away from Wales. Those of you who don't live in Wales, may be interested to note that the BBC in Wales are currently showing 'The Story of Wales' - fine timing for me. I am so looking forward to rediscovering my playground. I may even get to visit the village with the longest name in Britain - Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch - very unlikely. I only wish I had known about it when I lived in North Wales. Still plenty of new places to explore.
Anyway, this evening, I won't be listening to Welsh icons like Tom Jones or Shirley Bassey, nothing against them, I am just of a different generation. Instead it will be the Sterephonics and Manic Street Preachers for me.