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Tastes and Tales from Wales I

Updated on July 27, 2013
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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 !!!

Last week I decided to make Baked Apples ;a dish I hadn't made for years and as I was preparing and day dreaming I remembered the days of going to stay with (Mamgu) on her farm when I was a little girl.

Sadly Mamgu passed away when I was only 12 yrs. old but she has left me with some wonderful memories and one of her very many delicious recipes I now share with you all.

This hub is also accompanied with one of my favourite Welsh hymns.

Oh what fun it's going to be dusting down and giving these wonderful memories a little spring clean;even though its summer ; but summer clean doesn't sound quite right does it !!

Right enough of me wittering on ha ha ha!!A favourite pastime of mine I am afraid and an annoying one I am told now and again, ha ha!!

Right here we are then and are we all ready??

Good then I shall begin !!!

A kitchen very similar to Mamgu's.
A kitchen very similar to Mamgu's. | Source
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Recipe For Baked Apples.

Ingredients

  • 4 Bramley cooking apples
  • 2 tbsps. soft brown sugar
  • half a tsp. ground cinnamon
  • some sultanas
  • a few chopped almonds (optional)
  • a little honey or maple syrup


Method

  • Heat the oven up to 180 C/gas 4
  • Next wash the apples and remove the core with a corer
  • Now mix together the brown sugar, half tsp. ground cinnamon, sultanas and chopped walnuts (if using)
  • Next stand the apples in a small ovenproof dish
  • Pour a little water around them
  • You can also drizzle the honey or maple syrup over the tops if you wish
  • Stand the dish on a baking tray just in case apples burst
  • Bake for 25 - 30 minutes.

One of my favourite hymns;'Gwahoddiad' (invitation) or as I know it 'Calon Lan'( Pure Heart).

Capel Ficer the chapel which I attended with Mamgu.
Capel Ficer the chapel which I attended with Mamgu. | Source
The Pews as they were years ago.
The Pews as they were years ago. | Source

The Sunday Service.


I always remember that after Sunday Dinner and pudding I had to attend the Welsh chapel nearby with Mamgu.

I must admit that attending this chapel was not the highlight of my holidays with Mamgu at all.

We were there for ages and it was oh so boring that it felt like many hours !!!

The minister would carry on about something that I didn't understand and to this day I can remember his red face getting even redder as his voice rose and he was almost shouting !!!.

He was much feared and his face would turn many different shades of that red or even puce before he'd finished.

I always remember one particular Sunday I was as always sat beside Mamgu who had one of her strange hat on her head (she had an assortment of 'Sunday hats’) and to my horror I happened to notice that on this hat was a wasp . I tried to warn her by nudging her but to no avail she just hissed at me to be quiet and to stop being a pest!!!

But no matter how hard I tried I just couldn't ignore the pesky wasp so I decided to shoo it off with a wave of the hymn book that was beside me!!! As I waved it as near to her head as I dared Mamgu turned to look at me and the hymn book hit her in the face and made her glasses fall off!!!!!

Oh no!! I had committed the ultimate crime and all eyes turned to look at me in horror and the minister's face turned an even more vivid shade of red!!!!

I sat so still hardly daring to breathe listening to nearby whispers of "Children these days !!"

Mamgu didn't say a word and when the service had come to an end she whisked me away before anybody could talk to us!!! Oh no I was in for the biggest row ever!!!!

We had turned into the farm lane when Mamgu leaning on the gate started to laugh so loud that she frightened the living daylights out of me!!!

Oh no my Mamgu had lost the plot!!!!

"Oh that was so funny!" she finally managed to say amidst the tears pouring down her face . "The looks on the faces of that snooty lot was priceless!" she managed to add.

I looked at her in total amazement, and noticed that her nose was a little red and swollen. She gave me the biggest hug ever before adding;

"Come on let's go home for some tea and cake!"

I remember thinking 'Grown ups I'll never understand them!'

Mamgu was still laughing about it when we went to bed that night!!!

Oh happy days!!

How I loved to snuggle up to my Mamgu in front of the cosy fire.
How I loved to snuggle up to my Mamgu in front of the cosy fire. | Source

That night as we so cosily sat in front of the open fire Mamgu was still chuckling away.

I always remember her saying

"Even if my nose is a little swollen it was certainly worth it !!" "Oh yes laughter is the best medicine !!"

As she chuckled away I snuggled even closer to my Mamgu who was without a single doubt one in a million !!!

I hope you enjoyed today's story and that you will join me again for the next in this series.

Have a wonderful weekend and lots of love to you all from my little corner of Wales.

Eddy.

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    • Eiddwen profile imageAUTHOR

      Eiddwen 

      5 years ago from Wales

      So glad you enjoyed this one Deb and have a wonderful day.

      Eddy.

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Did you ever tell Mamgu why you clocked her, just meaning to get the wasp? Also, my mother would make baked apples, but nothing like yours. I didn't like them. I will try your traditional fare, and think of you. I know that I will like them your way, so I can have my own piece of Wales, both in my heart and on my plate.

    • Eiddwen profile imageAUTHOR

      Eiddwen 

      5 years ago from Wales

      Thank you janetwrites for stopping by and your comment so appreciated.

      Eddy.

    • janetwrites profile image

      Janet Giessl 

      5 years ago from Georgia country

      I enjoyed reading your story about your Mamgu and you at the chapel. It was funny and lovely. Your baked apples recipe sounds delicious. I love baked apples.

    • Eiddwen profile imageAUTHOR

      Eiddwen 

      5 years ago from Wales

      Thank you so very much to

      DREAMSEEKER2

      KIDSCRAFTS

      ALICIA

      ELIAS

      NELL

      for each wonderful comment.

      Everyone is so greatly appreciated and I wish you all a wonderful ahead.

      Eddy.

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Eddy that was so funny! lol! I can just imagine you swiping her and causing all that hassle! what a great lady she must have been to see the funny side of it, wonderful story!

    • Elias Zanetti profile image

      Elias Zanetti 

      5 years ago from Athens, Greece

      Great hub! I used to love baked apples as a kid! Your recipe seems delicious!

    • AliciaC profile image

      Linda Crampton 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      The baked apples sound delicious, Eddy, and the music and story are lovely!

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      kidscrafts 

      5 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you for the special recipe! My husband loves apples and I think this recipe will be a winner!

      I love your story about your time with Magmu :-) Good for her to see the humor in the situation! You just tried to avoid her being hurt by the wasp; it was just an accident!

      Enjoy your weekend!

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      dreamseeker2 

      5 years ago

      Loved the soft music playing as I read your hub, Eddy. : ) Great story! Voted it up and awesome!!

    • Eiddwen profile imageAUTHOR

      Eiddwen 

      5 years ago from Wales

      Thank you so much and so glad you enjoyed this one. Have a great weekend.

      Eddy.

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      Vickiw 

      5 years ago

      Hi Eddy, really enjoyed this read, and as usual your great pictures. The music is very beautiful too. Thank you for a great hub.

    • Eiddwen profile imageAUTHOR

      Eiddwen 

      5 years ago from Wales

      Thank you Kashmir and have a great day.

      Eddy.

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      Thomas Silvia 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi my friend, interesting and beautiful read i enjoyed reading this article on this Saturday afternoon. Great recipe too !

    • Eiddwen profile imageAUTHOR

      Eiddwen 

      5 years ago from Wales

      Glad you like it Michele ;have many more to add will space them out a little.

      Have a great weekend.

      Eddy.

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      Michele Travis 

      5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      This is a wonderful hub. I really need recipes. Thank you so much for sharing this.

      Voted up.

    • Eiddwen profile imageAUTHOR

      Eiddwen 

      5 years ago from Wales

      Glad you enjoyed this one Shauna and yes I did tell Mamgu the reason for the swipe. Enjoy your weekend.

      Eddy.

    • Eiddwen profile imageAUTHOR

      Eiddwen 

      5 years ago from Wales

      Thank you also Jamie and you are so welcome. Have a great weekend.

      Eddy.

    • Eiddwen profile imageAUTHOR

      Eiddwen 

      5 years ago from Wales

      Glad you liked this one Jackie and yes isn't it nice we have sweet memories. Enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      What a funny story, Eddy. Did you ever tell Mamgu why you swatted her with the hymnal? I'm glad she found humor in it. I bet you were too!

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      5 years ago from Reno NV

      What a great way to wake up this Saturday. What great memories with a recipe that looks delicious. I remember going to mass on Sunday after breakfast. Thank you Eddy. Jamie

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Such a beautiful read. Reminded me of staying with my grandmother who I called momaw. Maybe the bee was responsible for the red nose and not the book? lol

      Up and shared as always.

    • Eiddwen profile imageAUTHOR

      Eiddwen 

      5 years ago from Wales

      Thank you Lisa for voting and sharing.

      Eddy.

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      Lisa J Warner AKA Lisa Luv 

      5 years ago from Conneticut, USA

      I did enjoy... You have such wonderful memories... HUGS!

      Voting up and sharing!

    • Eiddwen profile imageAUTHOR

      Eiddwen 

      5 years ago from Wales

      Thank you as always Janine and so glad you enjoyed this one too.

      Lots of love from Wales.

      Eddy.

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      Janine Huldie 

      5 years ago from New York, New York

      The recipe sounds delicious and am so going to have to try. Loved the story, too and seriously just wishing you a wonderful weekend now!

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