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Easy Peasy Welsh Cakes Recipe

Once upon a time, I walked alone through 47km of Wales. One of the brilliant things about walking and walking and walking is that you can follow it up by eating and eating and eating with NO GUILT. None! So, during this walk, I powered my legs with as many local baked goods as possible. I’m quite sure I left a trail of Welsh Cake/Bara Brith crumbs in my wake across the whole 47km.

The Welsh Cake is a little puck that is surprisingly rich in flavour, as though you put a scone in your back pocket and then sat upon it and instead of crumbling, it just got tastier. Please do not try that technique at home. In fact, you’d better just look at the Welsh Cakes recipe below, which has been provided by my dear friends Rupert and Annette and is, in their words, “as old as the hills.” I used the lard because shortening does bad things to my innards, but if you’re vegetarian then the alternative is presented in brackets.

Welsh Cakes

(Makes 16-20 cakes)

  • 8 oz. self-raising flour (or 2 cups all purpose flour + 2 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder)
  • 3 oz. lard (0r 1/2 cup shortening)
  • 3 oz. currants (1/2 cup)
  • 3 oz. sugar (1/2 cup)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 pinches of salt
  • milk or water

Sieve flour and salt, rub in fat and stir in sugar and fruit. Mix to pastry consistency with egg and milk or water. Roll out to 1/4 inch thickness and cut with a fluted 2 1/2″ round cutter.

Cook on a bake stone, griddle or cast iron skillet. The first side takes about 4 minutes. Flip and continue cooking for about 3 minutes.

Aiken sweater knitting pattern by Andi Satterlund Reb Stevenson

Knitted: Aiken Sweater

Even though it’s clearly moving away from sweater weather here on the west coast (*ducks from the snowballs the rest of Canada is throwing at her*), I was drawn in to Andi Satterlund‘s “Selfish Sweater Knit-a-long” this past month.

Aiken sweater knitting pattern by Andi Satterlund

Internet knit-a-longs by designers you like are pretty much like crack when you become a knitter. The second other knitters start posting pictures of their projects online or on Instagram, you feel like an outsider if you don’t join in. Yes, you could just lurk – but that’s akin to hanging out on the sidelines at the high school dance whilst everyone gets their slow dance on (been there, done that). You need IN on that action, man!

I made the Aiken sweater, which actually shows a daring amount of cleavage if you peer through the lace panel on the front. But it’s all, like, concealed in yarn so you can get away with it without seeming like a trashy ho.

Aiken-Beacon-Hill-Reb-2015

This is how you feel when you finish knitting a sweater. Or when you get a black wine gum. ^^

Pattern: Aiken Sweater by Andi Satterlund

Yarn: Knit Picks Reverie in “Potion.”

Location: Beach Drive in Victoria, B.C.

Ravelry page here.

Honey Cowl Madeline Tosh

Knitted: Honey Cowl

Mustard has an abundance of personalty, both on a hot dog and around your neck.

Recently, I finished knitting the Honey Cowl in an electrifying shade of orangey yellow.

 

Honey Cowl Madeline Tosh

 

The reasons for my choice are twofold:

1. Mustard looks good against my navy blue coat.

2. This choice enables me to eat sloppy hot dogs and drip mustard all over my scarf with ZERO CONSEQUENCES.      right…..?

Pattern: Honey Cowl by Madeline Tosh

Yarn: Madeline Tosh DK in “candlewick”

Ravelry page here.