This is a classic guide to a little-known cuisine, with over 65 traditional recipes featuring the best of Welsh cooking. Try the authentic local versions of every day favourites like Welsh Rarebit and Fish Pie, and explore the more unusual dishes of the region such as Cawl Mamgu (lamb and leek stew) and Bara Brith (sweetened pancakes). Make the most of fresh, nutritious ingredients - fish and shellfish, well-reared meat, fresh garden vegetables and rich dairy produce - in healthy, tasty dishes. For many years, Welsh cooking was a well-kept secret, with recipes passed from generation to generation by word of mouth. This means that there are often many regional variations, or recipes have been altered over the years to adjust them to times of hardship or plenty. Traditional Welsh recipes revolve around the ingredients available to them, such as fresh garden vegetables, river, lake and sea fish, and meat from home-reared animals. Welsh lamb and beef are a prominent feature of the local diet, as well as freshly caught fish and shellfish such as salmon, brown trout, white crab, lobster and cockles. After exploring the geography and cuisine history of the region, this delightful new book presents over 65 traditional Welsh recipes. Individual chapters cover starters and light meals, fish, meat and poultry, puddings, bakes and cakes, and include familiar classics such as Welsh Rarebit, Potato Cakes and Fish Pie and local favourites such as Cawl Cennin (leek soup with potato and bacon), Cawl Mamgu (lamb and leek stew), Bara Brith (sweetened pancakes) and Bakestone Pancakes.
Annette Yates was born in South Wales and grew up in the Brecon Beacons. She is married and has two grown-up daughters. After many years living in and around London, Annette now lives near Abergavenny in Monmouthshire, Wales. These days, she spends much of her time designing and making silver jewellery (see www.facebook.com/annetteyatesjewellery).
Annette loves cooking and creating new recipes. In particular, she enjoys cooking and eating out of doors. Though living in Wales often makes this a difficult pastime, Annette has a clay oven in her garden (for days when she is sure the weather is going to stay fine) and a gas barbecue (for cooking between showers of rain!). In summer, she enjoys spending long weekends with her husband in their camper (when Annette likes to cook all-in-one-dish meals in her electric wok). Her family and friends are usually the best (and most honest) critics of her culinary creations!
Annette's career as a cookery writer and home economist has been varied. As well as being the author of more than sixty cookbooks she has:
been a food consultant to several major food and equipment companies,
written cookery and recipe features for many consumer magazines,
developed recipes for dozens of leaflets, features and books,
organised and given cookery demonstrations,
styled food for photographs,
run microwave cookery classes,
developed and run a consumer advice line on food and cooking,
edited education publications.
Her books have attracted much praise including, above all, the doyenne of British cookery Marguerite Patten, O.B.E. who said of Fresh & Fast: Meals From the Microwave 'It is an excellent book... not surprising in view of the outstanding ability of both Annette Yates and Norma Miller'.