Friday, 26 February 2016

Made in Wales

So its Five on Friday and I am sticking once again with my Welsh theme especially as it is St Davids Day next Tuesday.

I thought I would share five Made in Wales things in my home.
I picked up this 'Made in Wales' framed picture from a crafts arts and fair market. Its handmade and upcycled with a traditional Welsh blanket, almost tartan style and some cute little alphabet cards.  I fell in love with it instantly and D bestowed it upon me within moments.  He has a terrible habit of spoiling me.  I love him.
These graceful Welsh ladies are handmade by Kingsmaker  and carved from real welsh coal.  I  think they date back to the 1950s.  I know such things are terribly old fashioned but I like them.  I picked these charming Welsh ladies in full Welsh costume from a charity shop last summer, there is something quite solemn about them and somehow that impacts on my mood in a positive way.  I hold one in the palm of my hand when I feel that I am getting angry or mift and they bring a calmness in me.   
Next we have some Welsh recipe books  resting on a heart shaped Welsh slate.  All these Welsh cookbooks were printed in Wales.  Croeso Cymreig - A Warm Welsh Welcome was published in the 1950s and cost One Shilling.
Here we have The Best of Traditional Welsh Cooking, Welsh Country Puddings and Pies and my favourite acquisition 'Recipes from Wales' a binded book with lovely illustrations from John Cleal.  This was published in 1976 - 1977 by Workshop Wales in Fishguard.  There is one bizarre recipes in this on Banana'n Bacon Rolls!  Otherwise.  



As you would expect from Welsh cookery books, there is a section on Laverbread, Leeks, Crempog, Cawl, Welsh Rarebit and of course Bara Brith and much much more. 

I know most Welsh recipes are made with meat, but those of you who read my blog will know that I always try to adapt it for my vegetarian - vegan diet such as these Welsh faggots - did you know the Welsh faggots are also known as Welsh Haggis?!  
Now for something modern, a candle.  This is no ordinary candle this candle is Handmade in Wales and is from a little Welsh company called Valley Mill.  It was beautifully boxed too. 
This candle is not made from animal fat but is made from natural soy wax and wood wick candle and burn up to 60 hours. There are of course many scents such as Mince Pie, Chocolate Truffle, Spiced Apples and Roast Chestnuts , but the Welshie in me desired the Welsh Cake and yes, it really does smell like Welsh cake.  The next one on my wish list is the Bara Brith scented one.  I also love that is comes with a lovely slate coaster that you can either put beneath the candle when in use or over it when not in use.  Its all recyclable. 
And finally, I have to end with some Welsh recipes, last week it was all about the Welsh leek, today I have a Welsh recipe for 'Welsh Rarebit Laverbread Scones'.   I came up with these over the weekend as I wanted to crack open one of my many tins of laverbread.  If you want to learn more about laverbread follow this link. 
Will you be celebrating St David's Day where you are? 

This blog post is being shared with Amy who is hosting Five on Fridays over at Love Made My Home

30 comments:

  1. I loved your Made in Wales notice board, a real delight.

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  2. Bore da, y hapus dydd dewi sant. (But please don't ask me to say much more until Christmas, when I can manage Nadolig Llawen.)

    I'm partial to a drop of cawl but I can't abide laverbread.
    Iechyd da!

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    1. Thanks Anorak, I've just made a veggie Cawl if you want to check it out. PS my Welsh is very limited too :)

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  3. I really like your Welsh post, the coal ladies are quite wonderful.

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    1. Thank you the coal ladies are stars.

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  4. Oh Shaheen, this may be one of very best favorite visits to your blog! (I really enjoy them all, lol:)

    It is a fabulous tribute to Wales and all she has to offer. I think it's wonderful how the Welsh ladies bring you comfort:)

    You must know, as a cookbook collector I would LOVE any one of those cookbooks! You really get to learn about people and their traditions in cookbooks published locally. I'll be adding them to my wish list:)

    I was thinking of baking a Daffodil Cake for St. David's Day this year. I posted a recipe for his day a few years back. Here's the link if you want to see it:)

    http://www.monthsofediblecelebrations.com/2012/03/daffodil-cake-for-st-davids-day.html

    Thank you for sharing this delightful post with us Shaheen...

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    1. Louise, I am so so happy you loved this post. I have loads of Welsh stuff in my home, I am Welsh after all- this is a small selection, will share others over time. I know your a cookbook collector an hope you get some of these, as many are out of print. I do recall your Daffodil Cake, if only I could make one - just not that good at decorating. I will come on over in a while. PS Thank you the coal ladies are enchanting.

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  5. I don't think I've ever heard of St. David's Day. I'll have to google it and see what it's all about. I like those coal dolls, too. I like old stuff. Hope you have a nice weekend. Happy fives to you!

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    1. Thank you Ellen, hope you enjoy your St David's Day research and thanks for your comment appreciate it

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  6. Great post - love the Welsh ladies!
    Liz

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  7. Great to celebrate Wales. Best wishes for a happy St David's day. :-)

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  8. The coal statues are really very appealing, and I'm fascinated by your collection of local objects. I was in Wales once for a short visit, but didn't buy any souvenirs there. The scenery was lovely.

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Mae, I thought so so. Most souvenirs can be tacky anywhere you go, but if you seek you will sometimes find treasures.

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  9. I love your Welsh things ..... all of them :-)

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    1. Thank you so much Sue. I am so pleased you like them.

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  10. I really enjoyed this Five, Shaheen, thank you. Your Welsh ladies are fascinating, what a find, and the candle is a fab idea, almost as good as Welsh cakes themselves! Hapus Dydd Dewi Sant for Tuesday. x

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    1. Thanks Mrs Tiggywinkle. The coal ladies are stars and a great find for sure, its such a shame the original owner no longer wanted them.

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  11. Mmmmm Welsh cake candle sounds delicious! I love your solemn Welsh ladies too :D

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    1. Susie, Yes Welsh Cake candle - hoping to get the Bara Brith one next time. I knew you would like my Welsh ladies too.

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  12. A great "Five", Shaheen!
    Love your "Made in Wales", Welsh blanket picture! Did you know those cards come from an old crossword card game called "Kan-you-go?". A pack on Amazon is worth just short of £40!
    Very interesting links to visit! Your Glamorgan sausage recipe sounds delicious! Will have to try them sometime soon.
    I expect your Welsh ladies were from a house clearance, they are quite lovely!
    Barbara xx

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    1. Thank you Barbara. Yes, my husband did tell me about the cards, didn't realise they were so pricey now though - wow! Yes, shame if the Welsh ladies were from a house clearance, quite sad really - I am sure they were loved once and are being loved again.

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  13. I've not heard of welsh haggis before, hope you enjoyed it. Those candles look fab - Happy St David's Day for when it arrives, it's not something I celebrate or really see much of.

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  14. What a fun collection of Welsh-made items. The coal ladies are really unique. We're going to visit Wales for the first time this coming summer.

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    1. Thanks Lorrie. Yes, the coal ladies are quite unique these days. Hope you enjoy Wales and hope its not raining.

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