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24 Oct

Five Recipe Ideas Using Welsh Laver Seaweed / Welshman's Caviar for Christmas

Posted by Becca Hemmings

Enjoy these five Festive favourite with a twist of Welshman's Caviar! Recipes and photos by The Pembrokeshire Beach Food Company.

1. Roast Potatoes with Dulse 

Why not sprinkle dulse (available in our Mermaid's Larder gift selection here) on to your roast potatoes to make them even more delicious. Simply sprinkle on as soon as you remove the roasties from the oven.

2. Sprouts with Grass Kelp

This is a delicious recipe which will make sprouts the new favourite! Stir fry 3 shallots and 1 tablespoon of grass kelp (available in our Mermaid's Larder gift selection here) in olive oil. Add 500g of sprouts and enough water to cover them and gently simmer for 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and serve with a little extra kelp if you wish!

3. Parsnips with Laver & Dulse

Prepare your parsnips as you like, add to baking tray with oil and then sprinkle laver and dulse seaweed before you put them in the over to roast. (Both available in our Mermaid's Larder gift selection here)

4. Welsh Caviar Stuffing

Add two tablespoons of Welshman's Caviar to your usual stuffing recipe for that moreish umami taste.

5. Bread Sauce with Wrack

Add 1 tablespoon of wrack seaweed to your bread sauce mix (available in our Mermaid's Larder gift selection here) to liven up this festive favourite.

 

18 Oct

Broad Haven UFO Sightings - Aliens in West Wales?

Posted by Becca Hemmings

Over 40 years a go a group of school children said they witnessed a strange UFO in a field near their school. To this day it is still unexplained.

Here are some facts to get you in the spirit for Halloween!

Pupil drawings taken from Broad Haven School's 1977 UFO scrapbook

Credit: BBC News

Where was it?

There were several reported sightings of a strange object in Broad Haven and Little Haven in Pembrokeshire, West Wales. The area became known as 'The Dyfed Triangle' a play on the mysterious Bermuda Triangle.

When was it?

The sightings took place in 1977, with others reported in the same decade.

  • 4th February 1977:  14 pupils of Broad Haven Primary School spotted the craft and a creature near their playing field. Their headmaster, Ralph Llewellyn, suspected that they were playing a joke, and so asked the children to draw the craft in exam like conditions. He was surprised how similar the drawings were!
  • 17th February 1977: A few teachers and dinner ladies at the school also claimed to have seen the craft, with one saying she saw the creature too.
  • 19th April 1977: The owner of the Haven Fort Hotel in near by Little Haven claims to have seen a UFO in a field with two human-like creatures

What Did it Look Like?

  • The craft was described as being silver and "cigar-shaped" with a "dome covering the middle third" by 10 year old pupil David Davies
  • Rosa Granville, owner of Haven Fort Hotel, described it as an "upside-down saucer." She said it was radiating so much heat that her "face felt burned".
  • Ms. Granville also witnessed two "faceless humanoid" creatures with pointed heads who didn't seem to mind the heat: "There was light coming from [the craft] and flames of all colours. Then they came out of these flames, that's what I don't understand." 

Is there an explanation?

There are a number of theories but these incidents still cannot be fully explained.

  • In 1996 Glyn Edwards admitted to donning a silver suit and wandering around the area in 1977 as a prank, but can't explain the UFO
  • Flt Lt Cowan, an officer from RAF Brawdy, examined the site near Ms. Granville's hotel, but could find no evidence of a landing. He reported that a "local prankster was at work" and noted that the description of aliens "fitted exactly the type of protection suit that would have been issued in the event of a fire at one of the local oil refineries".
  • The school children could have confused a sewage tank as a UFO, although many were from farming backgrounds and would have recognised this type of machinery. Additionally no council vehicles were believed to be in the area at the time
  • A former US Navy sailor said the silver-suited humanoid was in fact a member of US military personnel wearing their standard fireproof uniform and the UFOs were new Harrier jets flying over.

Broad Haven Pupils with UFO drawings

Credit: BBC News

05 Oct

Calon Lân - Our Beautiful Heartfelt Welsh Hymn - Words, Sheet Music & Translation

Posted by Becca Hemmings

Calon Lân is a popular Welsh song written in the 1890s by Daniel James (bardic name 'Gwyrosydd'). It was originally a hymn but has become a rugby anthem, being sung before almost every match the Welsh Rugby Union has played.

Welsh Words

Nid wy'n gofyn bywyd moethus,
Aur y byd na'i berlau mân:
Gofyn wyf am galon hapus,
Calon onest, calon lân.

Calon lân yn llawn daioni,
Tecach yw na'r lili dlos:
Dim ond calon lân all ganu
Canu'r dydd a chanu'r nos.

Pe dymunwn olud bydol,
Hedyn buan ganddo sydd;
Golud calon lân, rinweddol,
Yn dwyn bythol elw fydd.

(Chorus)

Hwyr a bore fy nymuniad
Gwyd i'r nef ar adain cân
Ar i Dduw, er mwyn fy Ngheidwad,
Roddi i mi galon lân.

(Chorus

English Translation

I don't ask for a luxurious life,
the world's gold or its fine pearls,
I ask for a happy heart,
an honest heart, a pure heart.

A pure heart full of goodness
Is fairer than the pretty lily,
None but a pure heart can sing,
Sing in the day and sing in the night.

If I wished for worldly wealth,
It would swiftly go to seed;
The riches of a virtuous, pure heart
Will bear eternal profit.

(Chorus)

Calon Lân Gifts

You can view our products inspired by this heartfelt hymn here


Sheet Music

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Calon Lan Sheet Music

30 Aug

Welsh Flower Names - Learn the Welsh Names for These Pretty Flowers

Posted by Becca Hemmings

To celebrate our new Blodau jugs / vases, here is a pretty list of flower names in Welsh

Blodyn is the Welsh for flower, blodau is the plural (flowers)

  • Blodyn neidr - Pink Campion
  • Blodyn y gwynt - Wood Anemone
  • Blodyn yr haul - Sunflower
  • Briallen - Primrose
  • Camri - Chamomile
  • Ceian - Carnation
  • Cennin Pedr - Daffodil
  • Clychau'r Gog - Bluebell
  • Crinllys - Dog Violet
  • Delia - Dahlia
  • Eirys - Iris
  • Ffion - Foxglove
  • Ffriddlys - Anemone
  • Ffwsia - Fuchsia
  • Fioled - Violet
  • Geraniwm - Geranium
  • Goldwyr - Marigold
  • Gwyddfid - Honeysuckle
  • Gwynonwen - Lilly of the Valley
  • Lafant - Lavender
  • Lili - Lily
  • Lili Wen Fach - Snowdrop
  • Llygad y dydd - Daisy
  • Meillion - Clover
  • Menyn - Buttercup
  • Pabi Cymreig - Welsh Poppy
  • Pansi - Pansy
  • Rhosyn - Rose

Blodau Jugs

28 Feb

Why are the Leek and the Daffodil the Symbols of Wales? Six Fun Facts for St. David's Day

Posted by Becca Hemmings

Ever wondered why we wear leeks or daffodils on St. David's Day? Here are six fun facts.

Silver Leek Brooch

1. Because Leeks Win Battles

It all started with the leek. This was the original symbol of Wales and, as legend has it, originated from a great battle against the Saxons. St. David (or some sources say The C7th king of Gwynedd, Cadwaladr) advised the Welsh to wear leeks in their hats to show which side they were on. It must have worked well, as the battle was won! 


2. Because Shakespeare Said So

The leek is mentioned as the symbol of Wales as early as William Shakespeare’s Henry V. There is additional evidence that shows Tudor guards wore leeks in their hats on 1st March to honour our patron saint.

3. Because Yum

We also grow lots of leeks - and they taste lovely (perfect in cawl!) Not sure about eating them raw, which is what soldiers of the Welsh regiments traditionally eat every St. David's Day!


welsh daffodil brooch

4. Because Daffodil Smaffodil

But what about the daffodil? This may have been an accident! The Welsh for leek is Cenhinen, which can be easily confused with the Welsh for daffodil, Cenhinen Pedr, which translates to "Peter's Leek". Eventually, as late as the C19th, it became the second symbol of Wales.

 


5. Because the Prime Minister Said So

David Lloyd George (the only Welsh Prime Minister from 1916-22) was said to be an advocate for them, as their beautiful bloom would often coincide with St. David's Day.

6. Because Daffodils are used for Drugs

Another interesting link is that daffodils are grown in Wales to produce galantamine, a drug for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

So wear your leek or daffodil with pride this St. David's Day, and now you know the story behind our emblems!


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