Last weekend I travelled to Cardiff for a working weekend. I was there for the Traverse 16 Conference, and as anyone who know me knows — I hate blogging conferences. I was on the other side this time though, working, and that made all the difference as I had the MOST amazing time. Hard work, sure, but it was totally worth all the stressy build up and early starts. Making new friends, learning stuff, and general merriment ensued but to be brutally honest — I didn’t get to see all that much of Cardiff.
What I did get to see, was the Riverside Food Market opposite the Principality stadium (formerly the Millennium stadium) as well as an amazing Welsh Cake recipe. All courtesy of Visit Wales by the way — potentially my new favourite tourism board. Sian, from Loving Welsh Food (a fantastic foodie tour company) walked us from the National Museum (home to a huge array of Impressionist art), through the city, and finally to the Nos Da Backpackers Hostel for a cooking tutorial. We learned lots walking through the city, but because I am a truly terrible travel blogger, I didn’t take notes…..and have since forgotten. Told you, I am terrible. I have some lovely pictures for you though so you can create your own story, so in a sense, it’s actually incredibly creative of me.
The Riverside Food Market was such a massive highlight for us both. I’ve spoken before about how I think that food is one of the most important parts of travel, so when I was picking my Sunday Experience it was a bit of a no-brainer. It had to involve food, and ideally cooking and eating it. Learning how to make local food is one of the best things you can do when you visit a new place…..well, in my opinion it is anyway.
Aside from the fact that most of us were extremely hungover, it was the most perfect day. In the gorgeous sunshine, we sat by the River Taff and drank coffee from the (supremely hipster) Caffeine Boys who were adorable. Side note on these guys — the owner (who was about 15 years younger than me…weep) is the brother of a guy called Will, who works for Pact Coffee. Small world eh?
After the coffee break and chat about our mutual friend at Pact, Oli and I then perused the market sniffing out samples…….and bought ourselves some delicious Welsh cheese, Bara Brith and had one of the best curries we’ve eaten outside of India. All of this, and we hadn’t even started on the cookery class yet. When we made it back to the classroom, we were treated to a fab demo by Sian and her strapping Welsh son (seriously, he was quite dreamy) and made a variety of Welsh Cakes. We made both the traditional raisin variety as well as chocolate and orange ones. YUM. Now, if at this point, you’re thinking “What the fudge is a Welsh Cake’ don’t worry, it’s simple. It’s a lot like a drop scone, but bite size and very flat. SO delicious.
Here’s your Welsh Cake recipe…..
Have you been to Cardiff? And what do you think of their famous Welsh Cakes?
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*here be the source of the Welsh Cake recipe