Three Traditional Welsh Recipes

Welsh cuisine is, unfortunately, often overlooked in cookbooks and online recipe collections. Many Welsh dishes are quite simple in both ingredients and flavor, but should not be forgotten! On a cold day, a hardy Welsh soup or tasty cake can be just the ticket to perking up both one’s attitude and energy. In this article I am including three of my favorite traditional Welsh recipes and I hope that your family enjoys them as much as mine does!

Welsh Cakes

Ingredients:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
6 tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp all-spice
Pinch of salt
1 egg
4 tbsp lard
4 tbsp butter or margarine
4 tbsp currants (can substitute raisins)
Bit of milk

Directions:
Cut the lard into the flour, then massage it together until the lard is evenly distributed throughout the flour. Add in the baking powder, sugar, salt, and all-spice. When the mixture is well blended, add in the egg. Mix well, then add enough milk to turn the mixture into a stiff paste. Roll out the mixture and cut into round (I find an everyday drinking glass works well). Fry the rounds on a griddle or lightly greased skillet until golden brown.

Welsh Broth

Ingredients:
2lbs neck of lamb
1lb potatoes
2 leeks
1/2lb carrots
1 rutabaga
2 tbsp chopped parsley
1 tbsp flour
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
Put the lamb meat into a large sauce pan and cover with water. Season with salt and pepper and allow the water to come to a boil. Peel and cut the carrots in half. Peel and chop the rutabaga into chunks. Chop the “white” of the leeks, but save the green bits (about an inch from where the stalk divides) for later. Add all to the sauce pan, then cover and reduce to a low heat. Allow this to simmer for about 2 1/2 hours. Peel and cut the potatoes, then add them to the pot. Recover and simmer for another half hour. When the potatoes are nearly done, add the flour (and a bit of water if needed) to thicken the broth. Chop the green bits from the leeks and add them to the pot, along with the parsley, and simmer for 10 more minutes before serving.

Seed Loaf

Ingredients:
2 cups self-raising flour
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1/2 tbsp caraway seeds
5 tbsp margarine or butter
1/4 pint milk
1 egg

Directions:
Sift the flour into a large mixing bowl. Add the salt and mix well. Cut the margarine into the flour and massage until the texture takes on that of a coarse meal. Add the sugar and caraway seeds and mix well. In a separate bowl, beat together the eggs and milk, then pour them into the flour mixture. Mix well until the dough becomes soft. Grease a bread pan, then add the dough to it. Try to even out the top as much as you can. Bake for about an hour at 375 degrees F.

Lazy Coffee Recipes Collection For the Coffee Lover

Simple and yet nice to drink coffee recipes will be my focus for today. If you want to learn something that is easy, your must try my today coffee recipes.

Classical Raspberry Latte
The coolest raspberry latte that I have never had before even it just a simple coffee. The taste will tell you why?

Ingredients
Enough for 1 person (tall glass)
1) 4 tablespoons of Raspberry syrups
2) 1 shot of organic espresso
3) 0.75 cup of low fat steamed milk
4) 6 ice cubes (This latte must blend with ice, without it, the taste will not be good)
5) Some whipped cream (optional)

Equipments Needed
Espresso maker and electronic blender

Steps for preparation:
1. Take an empty blender cup and put all your ingredients into the cup. Blend it with medium speed.

2. Blend it for 2 minutes and pour your latte into a clean tall glass.

3. For those who likes whipped cream, spread it on top of the latte before you serve it to your guess.

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Cooling Strawberry Latte Recipes
Latte that ideally for summer. Sure your kids will like it very much.

Ingredients
Enough for 1 person (tall glass)
1) 4 tablespoons of Strawberry syrups
2) 1 shot of organic espresso
3) 0.75 cup of low fat steamed milk
4) 5 ice cubes

Equipments Needed
Espresso maker and electronic blender

Steps for preparation:
1. Put all ingredients into the blender cup and blend it.

2. When done, take a tall glass and pour your latte into the glass.

3. You can now serve your latte.

Home Catering Business – Recipes For Success

Recipe, collect – collect – collect

There is a lot that can be said about this topic.

I wish you could see my collection. From time to time I start cooking through all the bits and pieces that I have collected over the years. However to use recipes in a Catering Business you will have to try them.

When I try new recipes I tend to alter them according to my liking and what I think will work and what not. Please do yourself a favor, write down every little thing you change. Believe me, after only a short time you will not remember what you altered in this particular recipe, and if someone else does your cooking, how is he or she to know.

When catering for a function, your recipes need to be reliable. You will not have the time to go by trial and error. It needs to work the first time; every time.

Before you start with your business, cook the recipes that you will offer your clients; complete menus would be great. When finished, take photos and build yourself a portfolio with sample menus.

You need to know in advance what will work and what not, what flavors will complement others. You will have to collect recipes for special needs, like vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free, children’s dishes, and the list goes on. I like the deserts the best, I’ll trial them any day. I actually have a collection of wedding cakes, special occasion cakes, birthday cakes etc. (And Yes, I have a sweet tooth)

I actually take photos of every event I cater for, it helps me to remember. Also when you refer back to that event at a later time, there may be just that special touch they have been impressed with which you can reproduce. Date them, and keep them on file under the name of the host and also in your Portfolio.

Having a portfolio makes it easier for you to hone in on your clients requirements, visual preference etc. A Buffet on a photo can look very impressive; it gives you and your client ideas. Also you will find it easier to find out about the likes and dislikes of your client, the color scheme etc.

One thing I can recommend to you is to take the best photos you have of one or two of your catering events, and enlarge them, frame them, and grace your office wall with them. These things speak volumes. Make sure that at least in one of them either you or one of your staff is visible. This will show your prospective client, he/she is not looking at some generic advertising, but at something they can expect from you.

Here is a tip for your prospective client visiting your office. Have always an onion and a slice of bread ready. No, not to offer your client. Just put the onion in the oven just before they arrive, yes the bread as well, it will give your kitchen that wonderful aroma that will make their mouth water.

And NO! “I can’t open the oven door, it will ruin the dish.”

To your success,

Skye Harmony