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4 Dishes From Wales Inspired by St. David, The Patron Saint of Vegans

You might want to try these hearty dishes!

St. David of Wales was a Welsh bishop and the patron saint of Wales. But did you know that he is also the patron saint of vegans?

According to historical tales, St. David is called a “water drinker” because he only drinks water and eats herbs and vegetables. It is said that he eats one meal a day and does long fasting, where he would drink water for several days. In 1120, Pope Callixtus II canonized him as a saint. During his feast day, people in other countries prepare dishes from Wales to remember his holiness.

For those who want to explore unique dishes inspired by St. David, check out these recipes! (Read: 4 Rose-Infused Dishes For The Month of The Holy Rosary)

Cheesy leek and mustard soup

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Historically, Welsh people ate raw leeks or wore them in their hats to honor him as a saint. So, it would be exciting to cook a dish made from this vegetable! A healthy and creamy leek soup mixed with mustard and cheese is a good appetizer or side dish. It also consists of other vegetables such as carrots and potatoes that blend with the cheesy flavor of the soup, resulting in a mildly and deliciously bitter taste.

Follow the recipe here.

Crempog

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Crempog is a Welsh pancake made with flour, buttermilk, eggs, vinegar, and salted butter. It is traditionally cooked on bakestones or griddles, which is one of the oldest recipes in Wales. This is perfect for breakfast, of course! But you can consume it at any time of the day and pair it with your favorite drink. Crempog is like a small pancake drizzled with honey, jam, or a squeeze of lemon and sprinkled with sugar. (Read: 3 Unusual Pastries You Might Want To Prepare For Mother Teresa’s Birthday)

Follow the recipe here.

Welsh cawl

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This is considered the national dish of Wales and a popular dish served on the feast day of St. David. It is a lamb stew mixed with vegetables, including leeks, which is usually paired with crusty bread and a wedge of Caerphilly cheese, a light-colored cheese made from cow’s milk. But you can still choose any cheese that is available in your kitchen! What matters is its creaminess and flavorful taste.

Follow the recipe here.

Bara brith

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Here’s a treat you can enjoy for breakfast, merienda, and midnight snacks! If you’re looking for something sweet and fluffy, well, you might love bara birth! It is a delectable and fruity bread that is commonly paired with “afternoon tea” in Wales. Make your own version of it on your next baking spree at home. It is filled with mixed dried fruits such as raisins, sultanas, and currants with a sticky texture. (Read: 5 Catholic Cookbooks You Should Have In Your Kitchen)

Follow the recipe here.

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