HAPPY SAINT DAVID’S DAY! Although maybe not so happy for St. David, as this is actually the day he died back on the 1st of March 589AD.
The Patron Saint of Wales – also known as Dewi Sant – travelled the world on pilgrimages, founding religious centres and performing miracles on his way. In one of his most famous stories, he is supposed to have made the ground rise beneath him while he was preaching so that everyone could hear him properly. What a skill!
Here's how you can celebrate:
Get your leek on
The leek is one of the symbols of Wales, because, according to legend, St. David advised Welsh soldiers to wear leeks in their helmets so they could recognise each other in battle.
Traditionally, leeks are worn to commemorate St. David's Day, but if you don't fancy wearing one pinned to your jacket, we heartily recommend eating them. If you like your leeks in a pie, this Chicken and Leek Pie recipe is super speedy made with ready-rolled puff pastry for a quick yet delicious dinner. For a veggie alternative, cheese, leek and potato make a dreamy combo in this creamy pie.
For a leek-tastic side, try Cheesy Leeks, a roast dinner classic that is oh-so-yummy. This recipe has breadcrumbs on top for extra crunch.
Another great main is this Leek Chicken Risotto that's creamy and easy to make – it's a win-win. Or, if you're feeling adventurous, a little like St. David himself travelling around, and would like to try something different, Miguel Barclay's recipe for pork chops served with a mustard and leek sauce is entirely delicious!
DAZZLE WITH DAFFODILS
Daffodils, the other Welsh emblem, are only in season for a short amount of time, so why not go crazy and fill your home with the bright and happy flower – it's what St. David would have wanted. Or, better yet, why not make this charming Daffodil Cake that uses classic sponge topped with cheerful iced biscuit flowers shaped as dafodills. Cute!
If you don't leek eating leeks you can still enjoy some proper Welsh classics. If you fancy something sweet, these Welsh Cakes can be made in just 30 minutes and taste a little like scones. Filled with fruit, the difference is they are grilled rather than baked. Serve hot or cold with a little bit of butter.
For a main, this Ham Welsh Rarebit is a moreish and indulgent take on the traditional Welsh dish. Ale takes the melted cheese topping to the next level making it a delicious weekend treat. Mwynhau – that's Welsh for 'enjoy'!
SPEAK SOME WELSH
The number of Welsh speakers in the world falls every year, yet it's such a beautiful dialect that we think everyone should learn at least a few words. It doesn't really matter what you're saying as every word sounds so wise and warm. So, here are some phrases to practise for St. David's Day, or to simply impress the next Welsh person you meet:
'Sut wyt ti?'
Translation: How are you?
'Dydd San Ffolant Hapus'
Translation: Happy St. David's Day