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Monday, 1 March 2010

St David's Day and signs of spring.

Today is the feast of St David, patron of Wales. It is a big thing in Wales, with children in Welsh costumes, Wales rugby shirts, and clutching daffodils.
It is more a celebration of Welshness, than a reflection on the life of this amazing Saint.
Who was St David?
He was actually a pretty cool guy.
He performed his first miracle while he was still in the womb. It is also suggested that he was conceived as a result of rape, (so it is good that St Non, his mother did not attend her local catholic school, and go to their confidential sexual health clinic. )
It is said, that when he preached at Llandewi Brefi, the ground raised up beneath him, so the crowd could see him. He healed the sick, and raised the dead.
St David lived very simply, eating fruit and vegtables and drinking only water, so he wouldn't have eaten the Welshcakes we made to celebrate.

Welsh cake recipe.
8oz flour and 1/2 tsp baking powder,
4oz butter,
3oz sugar,
1 large egg and a little milk, good pinch mixed spice or just nutmeg.
Method-Rub the fat into the spiced flour, add sugar and currants, bind with beaten egg and a little milk if needed to a stiffish paste. Roll out on floured board to 1/4 inch thick, with a round cutter, and bake on a bakestone or heavy bottomed pan 3-5 mins each side until mottled golden brown. Sprinkle with sugar.

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