Made in Llandysul

Made in Llandysul

Today I read an article “Made in Ebbw Vale”, written after the announcement that the Welsh Government would not financially back the Circuit of Wales and the writer is saying that this decision is very bad for the Ebbw Vale economy so maybe Ebbw Vale should make artisan things for themselves.

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Cariad Glass, Llandysul

I like this idea and maybe we should be looking at this in Llandysul.  We already have some amazing artisan makers in our community for example artisan glass work, harps, waffles and cheese.

But the basic things such as clothes, shoes, tools, cooking pots, cutlery, they are made elsewhere, mostly the other side of the world.

I believe that it is unsustainable to ship the most basic thing such as a cooking pot from the other side of the planet.  We need to start manufacturing again, even on the most small, basic, local level so that at best we keep our current lifestyles and, at worst, we survive as climate changes and not in our favour.

we need to learn practical skills, how to make things and how to fix things

To do this, we need to learn practical skills, how to make things and how to fix things.  Not everyone is a practical person but some of us will be very good at making and fixing and they will be the ones who will become the manufacturers of our community and we need them.  As a community will need to be able to look after ourselves.  There will always be a need to buy in some goods but we should be able to manufacture the most basic of things.  It’s pathetic that we can’t and that we don’t try.

Wild Garlic Pesto

It’s that time of year when I walk along my lane and smell the wild garlic and I think that I really should use it.  No one else is, and it is a good, free food source.

So off I went with my basket and collected a huge batch of leaves as I wanted to make pesto with the recipe on the Wild Pickings website: http://wildpickings.wordpress.com/recipes/

Picture show a Basket of wild garlic leaves on kitchen worktop.

Basket of wild garlic leaves.

The recipe lists the following ingredients: 100g wild garlic leaves; 50g walnuts; 100ml olive oil; 1tsp salt; 50g grated cheese (optional).

But I didn’t have any walnuts, so I used pine nuts which I used when I made pesto from basil leaves.

I used parmesan cheese.

 

Image show the ingredients to make wild garlic pesto.

All the ingredients together.

 

Image shows the ingredients in the blender, before whizzing.

All the ingredients in the blender.

It was quite difficult to blend the ingredients. Were my leaves too old, too tough? With a lot of prodding though, I got them to blend ok.

picture of Wild Garlic Pesto in jar

Wild Garlic Pesto, in a jar.

The final product in a jar, which I had sterilised.

I tried it mixed with mashed potatoes last night with roast pork. There is a lot of flavour but little residual garlic smell on your breath than with a garlic bulb. Also, I am intolerant to garlic and leeks and raw onions so I was a little worried about trying wild garlic. Yes, there was a little indigestion, but nothing major. I’ll try it again with pasta tonight and see how it is.

Sunny in Llandysul

On such a lovely morning in Llandysul today, the sound of  of the day was ‘Shw mae’r hwyl?’ being called out as people passed each other.  The town was indeed bustling, with people queuing to get seats in the Deli.And, oh, to be on school holidays right now, things to do at the Paddlers, Tysul Youth Centre and the Pwerdy-Powerhouse.  I seriously wish I’d had so many opportunities when I was young.

I understand that there was some queuing to be done on Saturday night at the Kings when the new Chinese takeaway opened. However, by all accounts the food was worth the wait. Pob lwc i’r busnes newydd!

It’s Tuesday and the Llandysul Food Festival is on Saturday!

Six months in the making, fist in mouth as we waited to see if the Welsh Assembly would kindly sponsor us (that is, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe Investing in Rural Areas), with True Taste and the Ceredigion Rural Events Programme and Llandysul Community Council.

There have been many meetings with the committee, the members give their time freely. We have a paid co-ordinator, who works part time for Llandysul & Pont Tyweli Ymlaen and so of course is working on many other projects at the same time. She has made countless phone calls and sent many letters to sponsors, marquee companies, entertainers etc. Stallholders have been booking their stalls since December, and even this week more bookings are coming in. We’ve been out in three counties distributing posters and flyers. Even yesterday, a volunteer went around Llandysul handing out balloons to shops.

I’ve still to write a speech to introduce Dewi Pws who opens the Festival (at 11am). But, I’ll have to also thank the volunteers and tell people about the highlights of the festival. I’m already quite scared and will be terrified by Saturday. I’m not good at public speaking, that’s why I’ve got to get it down on paper – plus it will have to be bilingual. Most of the people I know well around here, are going away on Saturday; Austria, Spain, France even Aberystwyth! Luckily, I don’t know that many people, so the chances are that there still will be a good amount of visitors. Fingers crossed.

So, as you can see, I’m in a bit of a panic mode, made worse by looking at the weather forecast just now. It’s predicting rain for Thursday and Friday but sun for Saturday. Although, I’m not sure if I should take any notice of BBC weather, right now it says it’s pouring down with rain, and yet the reality is, the sun in shining. Long may it do so, at least until next week.

Llandysul Food Festival is on Saturday 27th June at 11am in Llandysul Park: see http://www.llandysulfood.co.uk for details.

Gwyl Fwyd Llandysul Food Festival

Sori, mae’r blog yn Saesneg. Mae llawer i’w dweud a does gen i ddim llawer o amser I dweud o.

Everything is coming together for the Llandysul Food Festival, which in on Saturday 27th June in the park. We had a meeting on Monday afternoon and everyone seems happy with arrangements. There a little things, such as the skip and portaloos need to be ordered but Ann has everything organised.

I was hoping that we would have some small farm animals on the field this year, like a Farm Corner. It seemed a good idea and something different and interesting for the children. Unfortunately, DEFRA rules and regs are far too complicated for us to do this – and I understand, it’s for the well being of the animals and farmers. We have a plan B, so I’m hoping that we’ll have some news about that at the end of the week.

Loads of traders have already booked their stalls, including a company which sells Goats’ Milk ice cream. Something that I’m looking forward to tasting. Take a look at http://www.llandysulfood.co.uk for the list of traders to date.

Rhodri Edwards from Ultra Comida in Aberystwyth is our chef of the day, not sure what he’ll be cooking yet, but, I’m sure that it will be great. He’s also going to cook with our two volunteers Rev. Eric Roberts and Rev. Kevin Davies. I hope that Rhodri knows what he’s letting himself in for because they can be quite a handful in the kitchen!

Finally, our President of the day is Dewi Pws. (Do we know what we’re letting ourselves in for!) He will open the Festival and he is also playing with his band Sesh Bach (Dewi Pws a Radwm) in the evening in the marquee. That’s going to be great fun. Tickets will be on sale soon at £5, call 01559 362403 for details.

We’re designing the posters this week, but we’re waiting on the logo from the Food, Fish and Market Development Division, Welsh Assembly Government. Hurry up Rhys! I’ll get the poster on the blog as soon as it’s ready maybe even before it’s in the hands of Gwasg Gomer to print!

Bwyd, bwyd a fwy o fwyd!

Neithiwr es i Gwesty’r Porth am ginio gyda CYD Llandysul.  Roedd  un deg pedwar ohono ni ac roedd cwmni a fwyd da.  Ar ôl cinio, caneuon ni carolau ac yna roedd hi’n amser am “secret santa”. 

Ac heddiw, ‘dy’ni newydd wedi dod yn ôl o Buon Appetito ar ôl cael cinio wych a flasus.  Roedd hyn ein cinio Nadolig gwaith. Roedd gan pawb mwy diddordeb o gael bwyd dda na diod cryf.

Mae hi’n dal i rhewi yma ond bydd cynhesu dros y penwythnos.  Rydyn ni yn dipyn bach o drwbl. Does dim digon o olew gyda ni am gweddill yr wythnos.  Dydyn nhw ddim yn gallu dod allan tan diwedd yr wythnos!  Felly “thermals” am y Nadolig plîs!