Recently, I’ve spent 9 days in South Wales and I came across some of the most amazing vegetables and meat. I couldn’t believe how lamb meat can be that moist and tasty. I’m not fan of red meat, I can even forget to buy it for weeks if my husband wasn’t there to remind me since he's a red meat eater. But if I was given the option, I'd eat that perfect Welsh lamb shanks and steaks with just salt and pepper, maybe garlic, no more! It’s just so delicious!
The other thing that got me hooked to Welsh products, it’s the vegetables and their sweetness. No wonder they are, the water is sweet as well, which reminds me the city of Fez where the rich soil and sweet water give the tastiest vegetables and fruits ever.
If you don’t know much about Wales, well I might give you some info since my husband is Welsh, hence, I'm getting so insider information :).
Welsh folks are proud Celtics, down to earth and very welcoming. It’s all green over there! Their food is simple and not spicy. Actually it would even look bland but I suppose with tasty fruits and veggies, you don’t want to mess it up!
It’s the country of leeks, of sheep, of gold, of hardworking people, but I’ve met more retired people (some of them worked in the coal mines before retiring) than youngsters! I understood there were more work opportunities in England so they tend to leave their beloved Wales to other destinations.
Some of the Welsh recipes can be found under different names in Ireland, in Scotland and of course in England. Not that I want to know who discovered what in the first place. As a foodie, I just want to appreciate what people across countries have to offer (and cook).
For Christmas, I received a present from my sister-in-law: a cookbook all about Wales and Welsh food. It got me excited and also had me thinking to share some of that with you!
But before that, let me share some pictures I took while I was there, from the small villages of Ystradgynlais, Ystalyfera to the big city of Abertawe (or Swansea).
|River Tawe by Ystalyfera|
|Santa expected on dec 24th, climbing and getting ready to deliver gifts!|
|Isn't that beautiful?|
|In Swansea, behind me is the market and a nice shopping area|
|The colorful man!|
|The shopping area|
|No idea who he is|
|Got cockles and laverbread from there (will tell you later about these)|
|Candy shop, left side (massive)|
|Candy shop, right side|
|Fresh laverbread (seaweed)|
|Cockles, ready to be eaten!|
|The word Razor is scary, I don't think I'll have the courage to eat this anytime soon|
|My new magnets, aren't they cute? Wait until you see my handmade sheep purse.|
|Bakestone bread with currants, I'll be posting a recipe soon|
|The present from my sis in law, a wonderful book about Welsh food|
|I bought this...|