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.