The superstitions, customs, and traditions of the Welsh are not the only things that are fiercely defended. The Welsh are equally passionate about their cuisine. While there have been several times in history where the Welsh have been tried to be snuffed out, the ones that remain have slowly propagated. Slowly and steadily the numbers of the Welsh people have been increasing and so has their traditional values. A few eons ago, it would have been difficult to find authentic Welsh food anywhere. However, ‘Wales, the True Taste,’ an initiative to propagate the Welsh lifestyle, has helped in bringing traditional Welsh food to everyone. The beautiful, adventurous food is celebrated throughout Wales, and several food joints serve the food.
Wales, The True Taste‘ Scheme
The Welsh Development Agency developed and promoted the scheme. The True Taste scheme aims to help Welsh food by using qualitative produce that is sourced from Wales, for the authentic and traditional flavor. The produce is encouraged to be used in all industries that promote Welsh food including the hospitality and the tourist industries. Several foods are unique to Wales because of the production and preparation process. Honey, ham, cockles, special sauces, white wine, whiskey, ice-cream, and yogurt are some produces that have a unique flavor when it originates from Wales.
The cattle that are grown for food in Wales are reared to be small in size, to contain the delicate flavors that are used during the preparation process. The salt-marsh lamb has a unique texture when consumed as opposed to the lamb that is allowed to graze on seaweed. In today’s Wales, lamb is the main meat that is consumed throughout the country as opposed to poultry. In historical traditions, the lamb was only consumed during special events while the pig was the staple food.
Traditional Welsh Cooking
The diet of sea-folk, farmers, coal miners, and laborers lay the foundation for staple Welsh cooking. Meat derived from cattle reared at home and vegetables grown in family gardens put the basis of Welsh cuisine. While the Welsh lamb and beef are famous today, the seafood lover will find heaven in Welsh cuisine. Freshly caught seafood such as fish and shellfish constitute the food.
- Laver – Another unique product is an edible seaweed called ‘Laver’. This seaweed is known to grow only in some regions in Scotland and Ireland. The plant is eaten with oatmeal or with bacon fat. As a staple breakfast in many areas of Wales, the food is for the adventurous palate.
- Caerphilly – A white cheese called Caerphilly is found in South Wales. The cheese is mild and crumbly and is original to Wales. Milk from cattle that are allowed to grace on the mountains and hills are used to make the cheese.
- Tea Time Favourites – The Welsh teatime is epic and sprinkled with several baked goods such as the traditional Bara Brith, Teisen Lap, Teisen Caware, and Tease Sinnamon.
- Cawl – The traditional Welsh ‘Cawl’ comprises of leeks, cabbage, and The staple broth is a favorite amongst the Welsh and is a beautifully cooked single-pot meal. The soup is cooked on an open fire in an open iron pot and uses several locally sourced ingredients. Different regions in Wales have unique ‘cawl’ recipes that are traditional to their area.