8 Awesome Welsh Delicacies To Try

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Diana
Diana 
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Food is comforting and many people turn to food and binging to chase the blues away and feel better. Eating ice-cream or chocolates and other delicacies are cathartic. Here, I shall highlight 8 awesome Welsh delicacies to try and if you have the recipes, why not try cooking them to savor afterwards? Welsh cuisine and cooking is associated with the country of Wales, United Kingdom and the Welsh people.

1. Cawl - traditional Welsh soup

Cawl
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Cawl is a traditional Welsh soup, made from lamb or beef cuts, lamb stock, potatoes, carrots, onions and leeks - all peeled and chopped. They are added to the stock and stewed slowly so that the flavors from the individual ingredients are infused into the soup for a burst of different tastes, that’s delicious and heavenly.

Cawl

Website: Wales Online

2. Welsh Rarebit - savory melted cheese sauce over slices of toasted bread

Welsh rarebit
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Welsh Rarebit is savory melted cheese sauce over slices of toasted bread. It is rather easy to prepare: put the cheese, butter, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, flour and pepper into a saucepan and mix well. Then add an option of beer, Guiness or milk to moisten. Finally, stir over a gentle heat until all is melted, and when it is a thick paste, swivel it around the saucepan, which will produce a soft cheese texture of ingredients and flavors.

Welsh Rarebit

Website: BBC Good Food Recipe

3. Glamorgan Sausage

Glamorgan sausage
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Glamorgan Sausage is mainly Welsh vegetarian sausage made with the main ingredients of cheese, leeks and breadcrumbs. It can be eaten and paired with baked beans, fried egg omelette and also mashed potatoes for a more wholesome meal and more filling to the hungry stomach. It can be served during breakfast, which is the most important meal to start the day after 8 - 9 hours of fast and sleep.

Glamorgan Sausage

Website: BBC Food Recipe

4. Laverbread - a Welsh dish of laver that is boiled, dipped in oatmeal and fried

Laverbread with Cockles and Bacon
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Laverbread is a Welsh dish of laver that is boiled, dipped in oatmeal and fried. The recipe is simple to prepare: wash the seaweed and rinse in clean water. Then, over a low heat, simmer the seaweed for 6 hours until it turns into a dark pulp. Combine the Laverbread, olive oil, lemon juice and seasoning and stir through. Toast the bread and then butter to taste. With the added seaweed, it gives the Laverbread the extra zing and kick for a scrumptious meal. This Welsh seaweed delicacy is touted to be on par with champagne prestige.

5. Bara Brith - Welsh tea bread, made with raisins, currants, and candied peel

Bara Brith (3320696816)
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Bara Brith, also known as “speckled bread” can be either a yeast bread enriched with dried fruit or made with self-raising flour without yeast. It is a Welsh tea bread made with dried fruits like raisins, currants and candied orange peel. It tastes a bit like fruit cake, except less sweet and without eggs. It comes with spices, and is served sliced and buttered for tea time. However, with a variety of palates, it has morphed into several variations, including a chocolate cake!

Bara Brith

Website: BBC Food Recipe

6. Welsh Cakes - Flat-bread baked on a griddle

Closeup of Welsh cakes, February 2009
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Welsh Cakes are basically flat-breads baked on a griddle. Preparation is easy peasy and no fuss! For the Welsh Cakes, you will need self-raising flour, plus extra for dusting. Then add caster sugar, with extra to serve. Thereafter, add mixed spice with cold, unsalted butter, a pinch of sea salt, mixed raisins and sultanas and finally 1 large egg. Mix the ingredients with your hand into a smooth dough and roll it and use a pastry cutter to cut out as many rounds as you can and fry on medium heat.

For the sweet filling, you can add double cream, caster sugar, with extra for sprinkling, vanilla bean paste and fresh berries, such as raspberries, strawberries, blackberries and lemon.

Welsh Cakes

Website: BBC Good Food Recipe

7. Tatws Pum Munud - Welsh stew, made with smoked bacon, stock, potatoes and vegetables

Tatws Pum Munud2
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Tatws Pum Munud is a Welsh stew, made with smoked bacon, stock, potatoes and vegetables, with seasoning to taste. The recipe is easy to prepare. Begin by frying the onions and bacon in a large frying pan. Add the beef stock to the pan and simmer until the potatoes slices are just tender. Cook for 20 minutes, stirring and mixing the bacon and onion mixture through the potatoes until soft and tender.

8. Tatws Popty - Using cubed vegetables that are in an oven

Tatws Popty
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Tatws Popty uses cubed vegetables that are baked in an oven. For the recipe, in case you would like to prepare it yourself, here it is: Place a layer of quartered potatoes in a roasting dish, top with a layer of sliced onion and season with salt and pepper. Add sufficient water to cover the potatoes and place the joint of meat on top. Roast on a moderate heat in an oven for about 2 hours, until all the water is absorbed and the potatoes are nice and brown. It is a sumptuous delicacy by itself.

Awesome Welsh delicacies to try in your lifetime

Jielbeaumadier welsh 2010
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Should you visit Wales, United Kingdom, head over to some of the Welsh delicacy outlets and sample some of their local foods. It is a great dining experience to sample foods from other countries that happen to be specialties local to their place or origin. This is how you widen your dining experience by tasting a variety of delicacies offered here, just ask your tourist guide for the best and most affordable places to eat and whet your appetite.

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Diana works as a secretary in a small local company for a friend in Penang, Malaysia for the past 13 years and moonlights as a part-time virtual assistant and article writer when free. She also...Read more

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