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Tastes And Tales From Wales II.

Updated on July 29, 2013
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This is the actual lane leading to Mamgu's farm.
This is the actual lane leading to Mamgu's farm. | Source
These are the fields surrounding Mamgu's farm.
These are the fields surrounding Mamgu's farm. | Source

Good day one and all and here's hoping you are all well.

I wonder just how many of you have noticed that some meals or dishes remind you of happy days !!!

I am often transported back to the days of staying on Mamgu's farm when I was a little girl.

Oh what adventures I used to get up to in my dungarees !!! To this day I am happiest in the heart of Mother Nature's kingdom dressed in my jeans or shorts and never reaching for the very few skirts I have in my wardrobe !!Ha ha!!Some things never change.

This hub is the second in this series ; my first was Baked Apples.

http://eiddwen.hubpages.com/hub/Tastes-and-Tales-from-Wales-I

Today I proudly share my Mamgu's(Grandmother) recipe for her delicious Welsh Cakes.

Sadly Mamgu passed away when I was only 12 yrs. old but she left me with some wonderful memories and today I proudly share another of them with you all.

My music choice for today is a welsh hymn which I loved dearly and especially this version played on the organ.

I hope you enjoy!!!


Mi Glywaf Dyner Lais(I Hear A Tender Voice).

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When my six children were growing up I used to cook and bake all the time. Baking days would very often include Welsh Cakes and I would make from 70 to a 100 of them.

They will stay fresh in a tin for 1 week but they were all devoured well before then.

I used to bake cakes of all description;shapes and sizes but probably one of my firm favourites were Welsh Cakes they being a traditional Welsh snack.

In our mother language they are known as 'pice bach' or 'teisen radell' and are traditionally cooked on a bakestone; which is what I use on my gas hob to this day.

A Bakestone.
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Cooking on the Bakestone.
Cooking on the Bakestone. | Source
Mmm ready to eat but I spread with butter first !!!
Mmm ready to eat but I spread with butter first !!! | Source

Recipe for Welsh Cakes.

Ingredients

  • 225g plain flour
  • 85g castor sugar
  • 0.5 tsp mixed spice
  • 0.5 tsp baking powder
  • 50g currants
  • 50g butter cut into small pieces
  • 30g lardcut into small pieces, plus extra for frying
  • 1egg beaten
  • splash of milk

Method

  • Tip the flour,sugar,mixed spice,baking powder and a pinch of salt into a bowl.
  • With your fingertips rub in the butter and lard until crumbly.
  • Mix in the currants,
  • Work the egg into the mixture until you have a soft dough, adding a splash of milk if it seems a little dry- it should be the same consistency as shortcrust pastry.
  • Roll out the dough on a lightly floured work surface to the thickness of your little finger.
  • Cut out rounds using a six inch cutter, re rolling any trimmings.
  • Grease a flat griddle pan or heavy frying pan with lard, and place over a medium heat.
  • Cook the welshcakes in batches,for about 3 minutes each side, until golden brown,crisp and cooked through..
  • Delicious served warm with butter and jam,cream or simply sprinkled with caster sugar.
  • Cakes will stay fresh in a tin for 1 week.
  • Another tip which some people I know use, is to add grated apple to the mix and this helps to keep the cakes moist for longer.

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Happy days on the farm.


There was only one little girl of my age who lived anywhere near Mamgu's farm and sometimes she would be away on her holidays so at times like this I would play at being George (Georgina ) the tomboy from my childhood heroes 'The Famous Five with their dog Timmy. '

They were of course created by my favourite childhood writer being 'Enid Blyton' who in her lifetime published hundreds of children's story books.

They are still popular to this very day !!!

The first book in this series i.e. 'Five On Treasure Island' was published in 1942.

Armed with their maps, packets of sandwiches, torches and plenty of Ginger Beer, Julian, Dick, Anne, their tomboyish cousin George and Timmy the dog spent every school holidays hiking , biking, camping and you could guarantee that each time they would fall into an adventure.

Julian ,Anne and Dick were regular guests at Cousin George’s home where the tomboy lived with her loving mother whom they called Aunt Fanny and her father the grumpy Uncle Quentin who was a scientist and usually locked himself in his study.

He also owned Kirrin Island a wondrous Island where many of these adventures took place.

Enid Blyton always said that 'George' was based on a real girl she had once known: In her later life, she admitted that that girl was actually herself.


Armed with my bottle of Orange Squash and a pocketful of Welsh Cakes I'd go down into the farm yard to find Pero. He was by now was a fully grown and well trained sheepdog, which meant that I could take him for long walks.

"Come on Pero!!" I call and in a flash he was at my side.

"Now then today you are going to be Timmy!" I tell him in my very important little voice.

He gives me a look that seems to say "Oh no we are in this mood again are we??!!"

However he followed me with no coaxing needed, so he obviously enjoyed our adventures.

So with Pero by my side , we got caught up in so many adventures!! Oh what fun we had, and even though they were made up adventures and we were three people short of the real five, none of it mattered because I have always had a great imagination anyway !! Ha ha !!

Pero never left my side and his look said "Don't you worry I will protect you from these nasty people!!"

I often wondered as I got older whether the poor dog had ended up a little confused after coming on all these make believe adventures with me!!

Anyway after we'd solved the crime and all villains carted away we would both flop down in the hedgerow to drink the squash and devour the Welsh Cakes. MMmmm Bliss!!!

My clothes were in quite a state when I got back to the farm but did I care ??

Well no I had had too happy a time to worry about that and Mamgu used to pretend to tell me off but I knew she wasn't really cross because I could see that twinkle in her eye.

By the time she'd washed, dried and darned them they were as good as new!!


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Enid Blyton whose books I loved as a little girl.


Enid Blyton was born on August 11th 1897 in East Dulwich, England.

She died peacefully in her sleep on November 28th 1968 in a Hampstead Nursing Home.

She wrote hundreds upon hundred's of books in here lifetime and I would read as many as I could lay my hands on when I was a little girl.

Her books have never been out of print and are still popular to this very day.

However there was one bleak moment when all her books were taken off library shelves in the UK as the experts thought that they were no good for children and that their reading levels would stay at that point and would not progress to a higher reading level.!!

I don't believe in this theory at all but I also remember reading Enid Blyton's Biography many years ago and was amazed to read that she was in fact not very motherly at all and would at times be a little spiteful to her two daughters ;in fact it was thought that Enid wanted to be an eternal child and that is what drove her to write book after book!!

Whether this was correct or not it doesn't dim my wonderful memories of her books ;and I shall always remember them with fondness !!!



On Mamgu's Farm.

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I hope you enjoyed today's hub!!!

If you decide to try out this recipe as you take that first bite you may remember a little girl running over the Welsh Hills playing happily with Pero (or Timmy as he was often called ) at her heels.

Have a wonderful day and until next time I send lots of love from my little corner of Wales.

Eddy.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Eddy,

      Oh, how interesting and lovely. Thank you for sharing all about Mamgu and her farm. The Welsh Cakes looks and sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

      Enjoyed this read very much.

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Thank you Faith so glad you enjoyed this one and thanks you fir stopping by. Here's wishing you a great day,.

      Eddy.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Pero looks like "Lassie", which was a TV show about a little boy named Timmy and his dog. It was popular when I was a little girl. They, too, would go on adventures and Lassie would always end up saving the day when harm came to Timmy or anyone else in the stories.

      I love this series telling us of your childhood memories. What fun!

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      LaThing 3 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Wow,such memories!! I grew up reading famous five too.... My favorite series! And your Welsh Cake..... I have to give it a try! Thanks for this hub.... Really enjoyed it. Awesome!

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      I remember Lassie Shauna and named my Beagle after her. Do you know that one of the lassie's in the series was a dog and not a bitch ;I think they wanted a bigger built dog.

      Glad you enjoyed this one and there are a few more to come.

      Have a great day.

      Eddy.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Poetry, prose, recipes, collages, memories....all in one finely-crafted hub. Only you, Eddy! I know of no other Hubber who could do what you do and do it so well.

      Have a smashing day!

      billy

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      Lisa J Warner 3 years ago from Conneticut, USA

      Good Morning! I did enjoy! As always brilliant work! Sharing and voting up! I hope you have a wonderful day... :)

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Eddy, what a charming article. I love your memories of the farm. They are lovely. Thank you so much for sharing your Welsh cakes recipe - they look and sound delicious. Grandma's house was always so much fun for me also. My grandmother and I would make tiny cut-out shortbread cookies together. She had tiny, children's cookie cutters. How we bonded baking those cookies. This article has brought back such wonderful memories for me too. Thank you for sharing this with us.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Thank you as always LaThing and so nice to see you on here. Have a wonderful day.

      Eddy.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Your comments are always so kind ,caring and sincere Billy and of course greatly appreciated.

      Eddy.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Thank you Lisa so glad you enjoyed this one and have a great day.

      Eddy.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Oh what a beautiful comment Suzette and thank you so very much. My grandmother being a hard working farmer's wife was very to the point but I always remember how she would pick me a small posy of primroses and would tie them up with a pink ribbon for me. Whenever I take flowers to her grave I always take a potted Primrose. Glad this one brought back nice memoires for you too Suzette am enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      cleaner3 3 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      great hub Eddi.. you are full of such awesome memories.. thanks for sharing..

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Great hub and I can't wait to try your new recipe, Eddy!

      As a kid in Belgium, I remembered that I read one of the books of "The famous five" in French. It was the only one that I was allowed to read because my mother said it would be a bad influence on me ?!?!

      Anyway... I caught up with that frustration and as an adult, I bought the all collection and read them all (in English)..... and I did it twice :-)

      And really.... I have no clue what is bad in those books.... except may be give some imaginations and maybe some sense of independence?

      Thank you for sharing those precious moments from your past, Eddy!

      Enjoy your day!

      Joelle

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Eddy, if I recall, I think most of the Lassies were boys!

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      You are so welcome Michael and here's to so many more hubs for us both to share on here.

      Eddy.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Isn't it nice to share memories and I agree with you Joelle what was so bad about these books.

      Here's to many more great memories .

      Eddy.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      I think you are right there too Shauna.

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      Janet Giessl 3 years ago from Georgia country

      It's so nice that you share your memories from childhood. It's so lovely. I have to try your Welsh cake recipe. I also loved Enid Blyton. A wonderful hub!

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      CarlySullens 3 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      These look so delicious. I never had them before. I think I am going to try to make them. Thank you for sharing so much to us.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I especially love the times when you write about your time with Mamgu. The little cakes look and sound delicious..Thank you Eddy...

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Eddy,

      This is such an adorable hub! I couldn't help but smile throughout the whole thing! You're childhood sounded almost as magical as many of your hubs! ... and I certainly wouldn't have minded growing up in your house, with all those fresh baked Welsh cakes! :D Yummy! I think I'd really like to try baking these, I just bet my kids would love them and I already know I will!

      What a beautiful story and equally beautiful pictures! I happened upon part II first, now I'll have to get my American buns over to part I! :D

      Voted up and others ~ Sharing too!

      Have a wonderful evening!

      Cat

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I loved this hub because it brought back so many wonderful memories for me. I used to enjoy Welsh Cakes as a child, and the Treasure Island book was one of my favorite stories! Thanks for the recipe and the enjoyable article, Eddy.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      So glad you all enjoyed this one and a great big thank you to

      JANETWRITES

      CARLYSULLENS

      KATHY

      RUBY

      CAT

      ALICIA

      and here's wishing you all a wonderful day.

      Eddy.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and beautiful. Such wonderful memories Eddy. Your Welsh cakes made me so hungry. I will try them. Hugs to you and passing this on.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Let me know when you try the Welsh Cakes Rasma and thank you for your great comment as always.

      Eddy.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Eddy, this is beautiful! The recipe alone was great, but hearing the background, and how you used to read adventurous books, and imagine grand things with your dog at your side is wonderful. It reminds me of my childhood, because I loved reading, and had a great imagination!

      You are a fantastic story teller. And it is extra special, because they are not just tales, but real events.

      Thanks for sharing this with us, and have a wonderful day.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Thank you s very much Kathryn and your comment is sincerely y appreciated. Have a wonderful day and lots of love from Wales.

      Eddy.

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      Aga 3 years ago

      Lovely, beautiful - and interesting! Warm and fuzzy memories, and the cakes look sooo tasty!

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Thank you so much Monis Mas your comment so appreciated and I now look forward to reading many of our also.

      Enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Great stories, Eddy. I want to try the Welsh cakes with my alternative flour.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Glad you enjoyed this one too Deb.

      Eddy.

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      mylindaelliott 3 years ago from Louisiana

      What a delightful memory. You are so blessed to have them.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Thank you so much mylindaelliot and enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      MSGolden51 3 years ago

      Hi Eddy,I love hearing about your happy memories when you were young I hear your heart in these stories and I can relate because I to have wonderful memories when I was a child that I hold dear to my heart as well. Thanks for letting us in your heart.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Thank you so much MSGolden.

      eddy.

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