Top 5 Celtic Food Gifts Under $25

Dec 4, 2013 by

  • Top 5 Celtic Food Gifts Under $25

  • Looking for a Celtic food stocking stuffer or gift under $25? 

Click the blue links to find treats to satisfy any Celtic gourmand, without putting a dent in your holiday budget

 

1.  Scottish smoked salmon  St. James Scottish Reserve Gravelox- Unsliced Seasoned Smoked Salmon, Cured with Brandy, Fresh Chopped Dill, Salt & Sugar–smoked salmon with capers, cream cheese and cucumber slices are a New Year’s Eve tradition at our home–simple dee-vine!
2.  Irish Breakfast tea  Bewley’s Irish Breakfast Tea in decorative tin,  30 loose tea bags, no tags or strings.   Bewley’s is an old Irish company that has won numerous awards for its wonderful tea blends.  Their Breakfast Tea  is a deep golden brew that is a long-time favorite of mine.
3. Welsh Sea Salt Jar     Halen Môn Mon Pure Welsh Silver Finishing Sea Salt from Isle of Anglesey, Wales White, crunchy flaky crystals add an extra something to almost any food. Described by Henry Harris (former Head Chef at Harvey Nichols’ Fifth Floor Restaurant) as ‘…tasting of the cleanest oceans’, Halen Môn is a Soil Association Certified Product.
4. Cornish Gingerbread  Furniss Cornish gingerbreads in traditional old tube. These cookies are made to an original recipe from the company’s founder, John Cooper Furniss, dating back to 1886.   Crunchy, spicy and very, very tasty, it’s a gingerholic’s dream.
5.Breton Crepes  Gavottes Crispy Lace Crepes From France covered in Milk Chocolate–delicate, thin Breton lace crepes by Loc Maria are a fine crispy biscuit that has been made following a French traditional recipe handed down since 1920.  These crepes are covered in a fine layer of gourmet milk chocolate.They are perfect with coffee or tea.

5 Foods For Celts

5 Foods For Celts

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Lost in the Welsh Translation

Oct 24, 2013 by

Welsh Bilingual Sign Lost in Translation http://tinyurl.com/5e37xw

Welsh Bilingual Sign Lost in Translation http://tinyurl.com/5e37xw

In Wales, most public signs are bilingual, written in both the Welsh and English language. Sometimes, however, the translation from Welsh to English seems to get lost in translation.

In 2008, the Swansea local council decided they needed a bilingual sign warning supermarket delivery trucks not to use a nearby residential road. A request was sent to a translator service for the Welsh version of the language needed for the sign, and the council received a quick reply–“Nid wyf yn y swyddfa ar hyn o bryd. Anfonwch unrhyw waith i’w gyfieithu“. The sign was promptly designed in English and Welsh and installed at the proper location–problem solved.

Er, not quite.

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Penrhyn Castle

Jun 2, 2013 by

Penrhyn Castle – Gwynedd – Wales

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May 1, 2013 by

Wales: “Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer” / “Cwm Rhondda”

Cwm Rhondda, taken from the Welsh name for the Rhondda Valley, is a popular hymn tune written by John Hughes (1873–1932).
Apart from church use, probably its best known use is as the ‘Welsh Rugby Hymn’, often sung by the crowd at rugby matches, especially those of the Wales national rugby union team. There it is common for all voices to sing the repeat of the last three syllables of the last-but-one line, e.g. “want no more” or “strength and shield” (which in church use is repeated only in the bass and alto parts, if at all).

The hymn has been sung on various British state occasions such as the funerals of Diana, Princess of Wales and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, and the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton.

The hymn is also featured prominently in the soundtrack to the 1941 film How Green Was My Valley, directed by John Ford. The soundtrack, by Alfred Newman, won that year’s Academy Award for Original Music Score. It is also featured at the beginning of The African Queen (film), with Katharine Hepburn singing and playing the organ. Only Men Aloud! also sang an arrangement by Tim Rhys-Evans and Jeffrey Howard on the BBC 1 Show Last Choir Standing in 2008. They subsequently released it on their self-titled début album.

The hymn was the informal anthem of Wales in the “Green and Pleasant Land” section of the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony.

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Apr 14, 2013 by

Celtic: Welsh Dragon flag, Cardiff Castle Keep, Wales, by wentloog.

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Mar 31, 2013 by

The view west from Clun Castle across the river Clun toward Wales. Clun Castle was built by the Normans in 1090 as a defence against the Welsh.

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Mar 30, 2013 by

Spring lambs in Glanogeu, Wales image: beautiful pic by Roger Davies http://www.flickr.com/photos/rogdavies/

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