Dydd Gwyl Dewi Sant Hapus! Happy St David’s Day!
St David’s Day is today, and is a special day for all Welsh people. St David’s Day was named after St David, the patron saint of Wales who was a renowned 6th Century Welsh Bishop. In modern day Wales and in Welsh Diasporas around the world, March 1st has evolved from its historic roots into a national day of celebration of all things Welsh.
In honour of this special day, I decided to post a Welsh food interview that I conducted in 2011. This interview was a very special interview for me for 2 reasons. Firstly, it was my first ever food-related radio interview, and secondly being born and bred in Caerphilly, the subject matter of Caerphilly Cheese evokes warm food memories from my youth.
My motivation for this interview was to find a traditional Welsh food producer who was somehow linked to London. After much research, I discovered Trethowan’s Dairy, a Llanddewi Brefi-based artisan cheesemaker who specialises in producing Gorwydd Caerphilly cheese. What makes them relevant to London is that they have a fantastic stall at Borough Market.
At the time of this interview, the Gorwydd Caerphilly stall was run by a charismatic, knowledgeable cheese monger, Ned Palmer who you can see below..
Ned shared many anecdotes and stories with me about the history of Caerphilly cheese, and how Trethowan’s Dairy produce their mature variety using a traditional recipe using raw (unpasteurised) cows milk and a traditional rennet. The resulting cheese produced is a fine example of British artisanal cheese making at its very best.
You can hear my interview with Ned by clicking on the play button below.