A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Tuesday Cuppa Tea, St. David's Day, Daffodils, Welsh Cakes

March 1st is traditionally the National holiday of Wales and I am celebrating today for Tuesday Cuppa Tea.

The national flower of Wales is the Daffodil which is often paired with the leek, the national symbol of Wales with the red dragon. St. David's Day, or Dayffd's Day is celebrated with all of these symbols. 

So my teacup today is a tea mug with Daffodils for the month of March in an English bone china mug that was made for Butchart Gardens just outside of Victoria, BC by Regency, England. I love the scent of Daffodils , narcissus and jonquils. They really are the smell of spring to me. Ours aren't out yet. 

St. David was born in the 6th century and was a hero during wars with the Normans and was canonized and became the patron saint of the Welsh. St David's Day is celebrated with traditional clothing, parades and lots of red Welsh dragons.

I have a sugar shaker of muffineer from the 1930s that is a Welsh souvenir in traditional dress with googly eyes. The sugar shaker is 6 inches high and 3.5 inches in diameter.

For more info on the mug or sugar shaker at Antiques And Teacups, click on the photos.

A traditional food for St. David's Day, which you can make easily...or in England find at the food halls year round of Aldi, Sainsbury's or Marks & Spencer's is the Welsh Cake which I love. They are a great item with a cup of tea at teatime!

Welsh Cakes

4 cups all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons butter, softened
6 tablespoons lard
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2 cups raisins
4 eggs
8 tablespoons milk
1.Sift flour, baking powder and salt into bowl. Put in butter and lard and mix until resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in sugar and currants or raisins. Beat the eggs lightly and add to flour mixture with just enough milk to make a firm dough similar to shortcrust pastry.
2.Chill dough 1 to 2 hours.
3.Roll the dough to 1/4 inch on floured surface and cut with 3 inch rounds. Bake the cakes on a greased griddle or frying pan (I use my electric skillet with just a little non-stick spray) over low heat until golden brown. Cool and sprinkle with sugar. These also freeze well.

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  1. St. David's Day sounds like a great day to celebrate with a cup of tea in a pretty mug and Welsh cakes. Your sugar shaker is cute. Have a great day! Pamela

  2. love hearing about history I am not aware of.
    Beautiful daffodil cup, I found one last spring so I need to get it out!

  3. Thank you for sharing this bit of history. A holiday that celebrates with Daffodils sounds like fun to me.

  4. Ruth, I love daffodils. Your daffodil cup is so springy and pretty. The Welsh cakes sound great! I think you love all things British!
    Hugs, Beth

  5. Hi Ruth,

    It is so nice to be welcomed by you for tea. I just adore your tea mug with the daffodils and have enjoyed reading a bit of history. Blessings to you my friend.

  6. Happy Tea Day, Ruth! I love daffodils and ours aren't out yet either. Love the mug and those Welsh Cakes sure look good. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day.


  7. Hi Ruth, this is my first time linking up to your tea party! You shared some fun information and the teacup is so pretty and just says "Spring"! Thank you for hosting and have a wonderful day!

  8. Hi Ruth
    I love the daffodil mug from Butchart, very pretty. My husband's great aunt used to make Welsh cakes when we visited but I've never made them myself. Time to try a family tradition, thanks for sharing your recipe.

  9. Sounds like a fun event. The Welsh cookies look so good and your daffodils and the teacups are so pretty...Christine

  10. Hello Ruth,
    I enjoyed your information and seeing the lovely daffodil cup. Thanks for the recipe for Welsh cakes.

  11. Hi Ruth,
    this Daffodill cup is really pretty and very springy. I have never heard about St. Davids day but sounds like a nice party. The celebration looks interesting and the cookies make my mouth watering. Thanks for sharing.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  12. Hi Ruth: I always leave here feeling just that much smarter and always in wonder of your great treatures. Thank you for always making it such a fun place to learn. Blessings, Martha

  13. welsh cakes, how cool!! Thanks for the recipe and info. Love that pretty cup! Thx for hosting.

  14. Hi! Your tea cup is lovely. I see it's marked with this months name. Those Welsh cakes looks good too.

  15. PĂ„sklijor are flowers that cheer you up. What a cute cup you own! Additional fresh that also the pressure inside the cup. It is exciting to read about the different traditions. What a cute and funny sugar shaker you have. I wish you a wonderful day! Zinnia

  16. Hello Ruth, Love your March teacup - my garden is filled with daffodils still - they show up early here - I think I might make another bouquet in honor of your holiday! Thank you for hosting and for sharing with A Return to Loveliness,
    God Bless,

  17. LOVE the Welsh history you've provided, Ruth!
    It's perfect for a theme tea. ~ Phyllis

  18. I have heard of Welsh Cakes but never knew how they were made. Thank you for sharing this recipe! I love the cup...very pretty!

  19. Hi Ruth! Love your tea mug. I recently found the September version (my birthday month) at a thrift store. Also loved the history about St. David!

    Celebrating my Blogoversary this month - do drop by for tea!


  20. That is a beautiful teacup. Love the info on the Welsh. Thank you for hosting!

  21. Oooh How much fun that Welsh holiday seems.I would love it and I wouldn't mind being welsh either:) Enjoyed your company for Tea.Denise

  22. Oh, what a fun celebration, I learned a lot. The little sugar shaker is adorable. Thanks for your visit and sweet comments.
    I'm all linked up!Thanks for hosting.

  23. Hi Ruth! Love your teacup and thank you for sharing the recipe.

  24. Hi Ruth,
    Your daffodil teacup is very pretty and the welsh cakes look delicious. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Hope you will visit Magnolia Cottage.


  25. mmmm love Welsh cakes. A Welsh friend of ours always makes them,they are lovely. Love your tea mug too. Daffodils and Roses are my favourite flowers. Yes they do remind us of Spring.
    x jeanetteann

  26. Hello Ruth,
    thanks for visiting me and linking up today!
    St David's Day sounds like a wonderful national celebration.
    Your Welsh Cakes look delicious - thanks for the recipe!
    Spring is my favourite season and I love the smell of Spring bulbs, too.
    Australia has just entered Autumn so I'll have to wait a wee while before my daffodils appear!
    Enjoy yours :-)
    God bless you..Trish

  27. I loved your post today, not only did you have darling teacups to share ... I learned something and that recipe sounds yummy! Thanks for such a lovely time... xo Blessings, HHL

  28. Hi Ruth, I came over from Trish's Simply Sweet meme to say hello! I just read a book on St. David Lewis known as the Last Welsh Martyr. You must be talking about the same saint, right?

  29. My business partner at our boutique flower shop grew up in Wlaes. He never mentioned that the daffodil is he national flower. Can't wait to tell him!


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