It’s the 1st of March, which means it’s St David’s Day! Happy tidings to all you Welshies out there, and for the rest of you, here is a little list of things to cook to help you celebrate today. Food knows no borders, so you don’t have to be Welsh to cook up these delicious dishes!

1) Welsh Rarebit
Often dubbed as ‘posh cheese on toast’, Welsh Rarebit has a bad rep, but tastes great.

For the rarebit:

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  • 25g butter
  • 375g Welsh farmhouse cheese
  • 100ml milk
  • 1/2 tsp mustard
  • Salt and pepper

For the common bit (just kidding)/sandwich:

  • 18 medium size circles of bread
  • 6 large, ripe tomatoes sliced thin
  • Fresh flat leaf parsley or basil
  • Salt and pepper
  1. Melt the butter in a pan, then add the cheese and melt gently.
  2. Add the milk, mustard and season with salt and pepper
  3. Let it bubble for a bit, then bring off the heat.
  4. Toast your bread
  5. Lay out the bread on a grill and put the tomatoes and basil on it
  6. Pour the rarebit mixture over the bread
  7. Put it all under a grill until it starts to brown, then serve!

2) Glamorgan Sausage
The Glamorgan Sausage is a Welsh, veggie sausage. You can serve it as an appetiser or as the main event tonight for your St David’s Day meal (which you are obviously having…)

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For the inside:

  • 225g breadcrumbs
  • 125g grated cheese
  • 3 eggs (make them free range, please!)
  • A splash of milk
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 tsp mustard powder
  • 175g  leek, chopped
  • 1 tbsp chopped (fresh, of course) parsley

For the outside (optional):

  • 100g breadcrumbs
  • 1 (FREE RANGE!) egg
  • 4tbsp milk
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  1. Fry the chopped leek in some butter until it softens
  2. Grab a bowl and chuck in the breadcrumbs, cheese, seasoning, mustard, leek and parsley. MIX!
  3. Whisk the eggs and add to the bowl. MIX!
  4. Separate the mixture in to around 16 small portions – these will become your ‘sausages’.
  5. If you’re going to coat your sausages, read on. If not, skip to step 9!
  6. Whisk your egg and milk for the coating together in a bowl.
  7. Put your breadcrumbs on a plate (we like to add some salt & pepper here to season!)
  8. Dip your sausages in the egg milk mixture then roll in the breadcrumbs
  9. Heat some oil in a frying pan, then turn the heat down.
  10. Add about 4-5 sausages to the pan and fry until golden brown.
  11. Repeat until you’ve finished frying all the sausages!Serve how you like, but the Welsh recommend with a tomato and herb salad!

3) Welsh Cakes
Finally, some sweet treats! Hurrah! These Welsh cakes are delicious and are spiced, and packed with dried fruit. The Welsh bake these on a griddle and dust with sugar to serve, apparently.

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  • 225g plain flour
  • 100g butter
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 50g currants
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp mixed spice
  • 1 egg (AGAIN, FREE RANGE!)
  • A pinch of salt
  • A splash of milk
  1. If you don’t have a griddle, pre-heat an oven to 180 degrees celsius.
  2. Grab a sieve and sift the dry ingredients in to a big mixing bowl.
  3. Cut your butter up and rub it in to the dry mixture, creating crumbs (kind of.)
  4. Throw in your sugar and fruit and mix.
  5. Add the egg and mix together to make a soft dough.
  6. Put some flour on a flat surface and roll out the dough to about 2cm thick.
  7. Use a pastry cutter to cut the dough in to little round circles
  8. Place on a baking tray and put in the oven
  9. Cook for 15-20 mins until golden brown!

There you have it – the Eatupp guide to eating like the Welsh to celebrate St David’s Day!
With lunch,
Eatupp