Weâ€™ve decided to kick off our 80 meals from around the world tour by concentrating on the UK to begin with and Jenny has already done England and will be doing Ireland. I will do Wales and of course Scotland (my home).
Iâ€™ve been to Wales loads of times as my brother lives there, but I’ve never really taken the time to consider their own traditional food and drink. Thatâ€™s one of the interesting things about this project I think, itâ€™s going to be a learning experience for both of us and as well as learning to cook new dishes weâ€™ll probably gain a bit of insight into what it might be like to live in these â€˜far offâ€™ places.
Welsh food isn’t something I knew aÂ lot about I am ashamed to admit. Itâ€™s a small country on our doorstep and yet there are quite a few rather tasty dishes that originate from this part of the world.
I decided on something quick and easy to prepare although it has to be said, I seriously misjudged the quantities and cooking times on this occasion. For a starter I did Welsh Rarebit which is basically a posh cheese on toast. The main course was traditional lamb Cawl, a kind of chunky broth with meat and vegetables. Dessert came in the form of Welsh cakes with jam on top.
Starter â€“ Welsh Rarebit
Main â€“ Lamb Cawl
Desert â€“ Welsh Cakes
I knew that there were a number of Welsh breweries but if youâ€™d asked me before our Welsh meal I probably couldnâ€™t have named any of them. However, Jenny discovered that Tesco sold bottles of Original Stout from Brains and it turned out to be a lovely tipple.
This was tougher. We were going to watch Mr Nice but due to various technical difficulties couldn’t, so we ended up watching Notting Hill and the Welsh connection was of course Rhys Ifans.
Tom Jones of course. Jenny did get hold of some Charlotte Church but that was a little too pop-like for my tastes. I had envisioned having some Welsh Choirs on in the background but Jenny wasn’t up for that – too religious!