Sunday, 29 March 2009

Drumsticks and Welsh cakes!

Two highlights of this extremely productive spring day have been the clean, elegant beauty of this Primula denticulata 'Lilac' and the first use of the family bakestone.

The Primula was bought from a local supermarket last year.  This is strange for me as I'm not really a fan of supermarket buys or Primula's per se but I'm quite happy that I did make this buy.  Firstly, this plant cost peanuts.  Probably only around £1.50.  I have since propagated this plant several times in just one year. Secondly, from the original plant I have probably made five or six.  Some have been given to friends but I have managed to hang on to two.  As the picture demonstrates this plant is gorgeous and makes such a contrast to the recent abundance of yellow in the garden.  It appears that the blues and purples are starting to appear.  My Corydalis flexuosa 'Pere David', Myosotis sylvatica and Pulmonaria officinalis are all helping to transform my garden into a purple wonder.  Im just waiting for the oranges, whites and pinks to appear!

My other highlight was making Welsh cakes with the bakestone that my Nan (grandmother) gave me.   This bakestone was custom made for my Nan by a family friend.  As she now suffers with arthritis the seriously heavy cast iron stone has been handed down to me.  I absolutely love this bakestone to bits!  I have been hoping to get one for a while as they make amazing Welsh cakes and when my Nan offered me hers I snapped up the opportunity.

So, the first batch has been made and many more will follow.  For those of you who have never tried Welsh cakes, and I'm sure there are loads of you out there thinking "What are Welsh cakes?", you really should try making them.  One day I hope to hand the bakestone to the next generation and maybe start a new family tradition.

Lets hope someone comes along who will cherish it as much as I do!


  1. Ah Ryan they look yummy and I am very impressed (you did make them I guess?)and judging by the oil's, tools and scales near your cooker either you or someone in your household loves to cook. I love cooking and trying out new recipes. I have tried welsh griddles cakes (to eat, not to make ) and yes ! I love them.
    Maureen :)

  2. Yes all made by my own hands!

  3. Hi Ryan- is this the same thing as an English Muffun. They look similar. I was planning to try making homemade english muffins soon as I love to eat them. You primula is beautiful. I had snow this morning. Only an inch, but it ticked me off nonetheless.

  4. Ryan:
    The drumstick Primula denticulata is a true charmer... and blue! I only recently started toying with the genus.... not really a fan yet but have added a few for Spring colour in the shaded garden.
    The bakestone looks impressive, though I've never heard of it, or the Welsh cakes for that matter! Its wonderful to know that your Nan will always be close whenever you use the stone. Mt Nan is gone, but it was she who first piqued my interest in gardening!

  5. I'm not a fan of welsh cakes-far too stodgy for me but the primula is just lovely!!

  6. Nowt stodgy about my Welsh cakes Pod!

  7. Love the blue primula! Mine are all neon pink and I love them also. (not blooming yet, though)
    All this talk about welsh cakes and possibly 'stodgy' welsh cakes? It's a mystery to me, but an interesting one!

  8. What a lovely gift. How about the recipe Ryan ?

  9. For those of you who have requested it, here's the recipe:

    225g self raising flour
    110g welsh salted butter
    1 egg
    sultanas (as much as you like)
    slosh of milk
    85g caster sugar
    mixed spice (2 tsp, but its up to you)

    and today I added ground almonds coz i fancied it!

    Just do a google search for the method as its available all over the net I believe!


  10. I think I am in awe of both your primula and your Welsh cakes !

  11. I wish I had a bakestone - I'd make girdle scones and crumpets.

    I don't like primulas much but I very much like the pale, hedgerow primroses - which seem almost impossible to buy.

    I was thinking about this the other day and wondering about growing them from seed but have been under the impression it takes years.

    Is this not the case?


  12. Hi Lucy,

    If you mean Primula vulgaris, which I think you do, then these are quite readily available at most garden centres, car boot sales, etc.

    They are also available as seed and quite simple to grow really. Seed should be started in the winter, sow on the soil and firm down. Tips should be available online. Propagate indoors and then move out in spring.

    As a tip maybe check ebay for plants. Its a surprisingly good resource!


  13. I love Welsh Cakes they are very popular in our house. Also love Primulas.

  14. I would just kill for an authentic cast iron bake stone like that! I eventually gave up and bought a cheap one at John Lewis. I made Welsh cakes a couple of weeks ago. Happy memories of childhood spent on a farm in Cardiganshire!

  15. This primula is realy nice. I hope mine will bloom in about a month from now.

  16. I love Welsh Currant Cakes as they are called here. I make them every year for Christmas gifts and everyone loves them.

  17. Thanks for the recipe. I'll pass it on to my son who does of lot of experimenting in the kitchen. He makes great buttermilk biscuits. Thanks for the picture of the blue denticulata. I've just planted some purple ones for the first time after seeing them when we visited England last year.


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