In our week in Wales, along with drawing dragons and reading about the Welsh culture, we also learned how the daffodil got its name (from Saint Daffyd) and how the Welsh celebrate this Saint “David” with a huge festival in Cardiff that includes dancing and singing and attaching small leeks to shirts, fastening them with pins. Apparently leeks have been a part of the Welsh diet for thousands of years, and of course with leeks also being an essential part of our family’s diet, I couldn’t pass up the chance to purchase a few at our local farmer’s market.
After picking out our leeks and other things, we headed home to some more Wales fun.
After drawing our castles, we put our leeks and other purchases together for a traditional Welsh dinner.
Welsh Dinner Menu
Unable to find a Welsh potato-leek soup recipe, I opted for my own go-to version.
Potato-leek soup recipe
2-3 chopped leeks
2 pounds potatoes, chopped into 1 inch pieces
1/4 cup butter
salt and pepper
whipping cream, optional
Melt butter in large saucepan over medium heat. Add leeks and simmer until soft, about 10 minutes. Add potatoes and completely cover with chicken broth. (You might need a bit more to completely cover potatoes.) Cover and simmer until potatoes are soft, about 30 minutes. Puree with hand blender, season with salt and pepper and add a bit of whipping cream if desired.
For dessert we opted for brownies, not at all Welsh, but nobody seemed to complain.
Thank you, Wales. We promise, as we often do, but definitely will have to this time as it is the home of Cardiff’s namesake, to visit and see your wonderful sights and sheep in person.