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SUNDAY CWTCH; Do something different this weekend.

Byline: Rachel Mainwaring

LOVE is in the air this week as the Welsh celebrate St Dwynwen's Day on Monday. So this weekend gives the kids a great opportunity to learn more about the Welsh saint of love and enjoy some arts and crafts to get them in the mood for the day.

St Dwynwen is the Welsh patron saint of lovers, which makes her the Welsh equivalent of St Valentine.

Dwynwen lived during the 5th century and fell in love with a prince called Maelon Dafodrill but, unfortunately, her father, who had 24 daughters, had already arranged that she should marry someone else.

Dwynwen was so upset she could not marry Maelon that she begged God to make her forget him. After falling asleep, Dwynwen was visited by an angel, who appeared carrying a sweet potion designed to erase all memory of Maelon and turn him into a block of ice. God then gave three wishes to Dwynwen. Her first wish was that Maelon be thawed; her second that God meet the hopes and dreams of true lovers; and third, that she should never marry. All three were fulfilled, and as a mark of her thanks, Dwynwen devoted herself to God's service for the rest of her life.

You could encourage the kids to design their own Celtic love spoon by drawing and colouring one on some paper or card.

Or get them to draw a scene from Dwynwen's story.

Or, if they are feeling creative, they could even try transforming a wooden spoon into a traditional Welsh love spoon.

Paint a wooden spoon brown then, with some brown craft foam, cut some traditional love spoon shapes (ranging from hearts, bells, flowers, keys, horse shoes) and stick them onto the spoon for an instant St Dwynwen gift.

You could also celebrate with a special St Dwynwen's dessert and this Monmouth pudding is a great family choice.

You will need: 1' lb (700g) breadcrumbs ' pint (300ml) boiling milk 6 tbsp sugar 4oz (100g) melted butter 6 egg whites 1 lb (450g) raspberry or strawberry jam Method 1. Preheat oven to 130C /250F 2. Put the breadcrumbs in a bowl and pour enough milk over them to lightly soak.

3. Leave to stand for 15 minutes. 4. Stir in the melted butter and sugar. 5. Whip the egg whites until stiff and fold into the breadcrumb mixture.

6. Place a thick layer of jam on the bottom of a greased oven-proof dish.

7. Add half the breadcrumb mixture, then a layer of jam, and another layer of breadcrumbs and bake for about 20 minutes until the mixture is set.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jan 23, 2010
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