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Celebrate St. Davids Day

Celebrate St. Davids Day

Celebrate St David’s Day with Godfreys

March 1st is St David’s Day in Wales, a day to celebrate Wales with St David's Day recipes.

Even if you are not Welsh
Even if you are not Welsh - or connected to Wales - it’s still an good excuse  to try and celebrate typically Welsh dishes - as much as we try typically Indian, Chinese or Middle Eastern dishes

St David's Day
St David's Day is a day in honour of the Welsh Patron Saint - a Celtic monk who spread the word of Christianity across Wales in the 6th century.

Mystic virtues
On the day, people wear either a Daffodil or Leek, two national emblems of Wales. The Leek is associated with St. David as it was seen as healthy, virtuous, with healing qualities. 
It also acquired mystic virtues with claims that girls who slept with a Leek under their pillow on St David’s Day would see their future husband in their dreams!
No wonder then that Leeks feature heavily in St David's Day Recipes and Welsh food!
Welsh recipes for main course dishes cannot ignore Lamb

Local Welsh flavours
A classic recipe is Roast Leg of Lamb with Honey and Cider from Gilli Davies, the Honey, Cider and Rosemary are local Welsh flavours, whilst Ginger has been enjoyed in Wales since it was brought back by the Crusaders. See http://britishfood.about.com/od/maincourse1/r/welshlamb.htm

Wales’s national dish
Wales’s national dish of Cawl Cennin is traditionally made with Neck of Lamb and Bacon - or with Beef and Bacon.
Other traditionally favourite dishes include, Chicken and Leek Pie, Roast Shoulder of Lamb,  Roast Leg of Lamb, Stuffed Leg of Lamb, Crown Roast Guards of Honour and Beef Stew with Suet Dumplings.

Here are some recipes that you may be tempted to try:

•   Cawl - by The Hairy Bikers
This Welsh dish is wonderfully comforting and best made the day before serving.
Preparation time overnight : Cooking time 10 to 30 mins

 Click here for Middle Neck of Lamb
(Click title for recipe)

Roast Shoulder of Lamb with Herbs and Honey - by Valentine Warner
Forget about carving this easy, slow cooked Pot Roast - just pull the fragrant tender Lamb from the bone, rustic style!
Preparation time less than 30 mins : Cooking time over 2 hrs.

 Click here for Shoulder of Lamb
(Click title for recipe)

Roast Rack of Lamb with Crushed Potatoes  - by Jamie Oliver
Juicy roasted Lamb Rack with crushed Potatoes, Cherry Tomatoes, Garlic and Olives -bursting with herby flavours, and ready in just over an hour!
Dairy free. Gluten free.
Preparation/Cooking time 1 hr 5 mins.
 Click here for Rack of Lamb
(Click title for recipe)

• Roast Loin of Lamb, Peas, Lettuce & Bacon - by Bryn Williams
Often a summer dish this sweet and fresh delight is equally delicious all the year round
Preparation time less than 30 mins : Cooking time 10-30 mins.
 Click here for Lamb Noisette, Smoked Streaky Bacon
(Click title for recipe)

• Lamb Chops in hay with Tabbouleh Salad - by James Martin 
Tender Lamb Chops are home-smoked and served with Bulgar Wheat Salad packed with fruits, nuts and herbs
Preparation time over 2 hrs : Cooking time 10-30 mins.
 Click here for Rack of Lamb
(Click title for recipe)

•  St David's Leek & Chicken Hotpot
Make St David's Day one to remember with this deliciously hearty hotpot
Preparation time over 20 mins : Cooking time 20 mins.
 Click here for Hand Diced Chicken, Fresh Chicken Stock
(Click title for recipe)

•  Chicken & Leek Pie
This has to be the best comfort food yet and it's perfect for entertaining. Easily halved
Preparation/Cooking time – under 3 hrs – plus chilling.
 Click here for Special Reserve Chicken, Church Hill Farm Chicken, Otter Valley Organic Chicken
(Click title for recipe)

•  Oven-baked Leek & Bacon Risotto
A one-pot Risotto you don't need to stand over for half an hour? Got to be a midweek winner.
Preparation time 10 mins : Cooking time 30 mins.
 Click here for Smoked Back Bacon, Fresh Chicken Stock
(Click title for recipe)

•  Sugar-crusted Lamb
This scrumptious Lamb dish takes only minutes to prepare
Preparation time less than 5 -10 mins : Cooking Time 10 mins.
 Click here for French trimmed Lamb Cutlet, Dijon Mustard
(Click title for recipe)

•  Braised Lamb Shanks
Lamb Shanks are good value, and as each one is a portion, serving is a cinch. You can braise the Shanks up to two days ahead
Freeze for up to one month
Preparation time less than 10 mins : Cooking Time 2 hrs 30 mins.
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 Lamb Shanks, Fresh Chicken Stock
(Click title for recipe) 

St David abstained from drinking 
Despite the fact that Saint David abstained from drinking and advised others to do the same, a number of Welsh breweries make special St. David’s Day ales. 

Cardiff brewers Brains describe theirs as ‘a light, daffodil coloured ale, dry hopped with Styrian Goldings to create a thirst quenching spring ale with a refreshing bite and dry hop aroma.
And finally for a full list of St David's Day Favourites and ideas
 click here at www.godfreys.co to visit the special St David's Day tab on our web site now.

So whether you choose one of the recipes above - or are just inspired to further explore further St David’s Day recipes - we hope we have given you plenty of Welsh food for thought 

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