This post is a bit late, but still I want to write it. In Wales, where we are originally from, the 1st March is Saint David’s day or Dydd Gŵyl Dewi in Welsh. Saint David is the patron saint of Wales. In medieval times it was believed that St David was the nephew of King Arthur. The young David grew up to be a priest, being educated at the monastery of Hen Fynyw under the tutorage of St. Paulinus. According to legend, David performed several miracles during his life including restoring Paulinus’ sight. It is also said that during a battle against the Saxons, David advised his soldiers to wear leeks in their hats so that they could easily be distinguished from their enemies, which is why the leek is one of the emblems of Wales!
Now, the children and I do not go as far as wearing leeks in our hats, but we do follow another tradition of the day by making Welsh Cakes. If you haven’t tasted a fresh baked Welsh cake, still warm from the hob…you haven’t lived! They are so quick and easy to make and so, so worth it.
As we make and bake, we talk about the history of Saint David and Welsh tradition. This year I noticed it was the children teaching me things I didn’t know about our country of origin. For me, THIS is what unschooling looks like.
At the bottom of this post I have given a link to the recipe for these yummy flat cakes just in case you fancy having a go at making them with your family. Please, please do send us some photos if you do!
Welsh Cake Recipe