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Aderyn Melys cakes

Aderyn Melys, or Sweet Bird to non-Welsh speakers is a 100% vegan cupcake company. Vegan! you butter lovers exclaim, surely not. But trust me, these are no ordinary cupcakes. These cakes would put a smile on the face of the most hardened dairy worshipper and knock spots off most  ordinary cupcakes.

Aderyn Melys is based in Anglesey and run by Lynwen Lloyd Hughes. One of very few cupcake manufacturers in the UK that solely produce vegan and allergy free cakes….its by far and away the best. With her commitment to quality, organic and local ingredients and her attention to detail and presentation Lynwen is carving out something of a reputation for herself and a loyal fan base here in Wales.

Imagine the pleasure of biting into a soft, sweet, almondy Bakewell tart cupcake and discovering a secret pocket of jam in the centre, a delightful bit of buried treasure hidden beneath an almost obscene amount of rich flavoursome icing…all fluffy swirls and pretty understated decoration and perfectly finished with a cherry and some slivered almonds…you would almost be forgiven for calling the icing ‘buttery’…but there isn’t a hint of butter in sight.

The family adores them, cake with everything we say!!! So what better way to celebrate Valentines Day than to receive a special bespoke delivery of delicious and beautiful cupcakes.  I used the excuse of ordering them for my other half…and the kids…but I was tingling with anticipation at their arrival.

When they arrived, beautifully boxed and labelled, we all had big grins on our faces.

As a vegan Lynwen knows how hard it is to find delicious cakes and treats, so she made her own. Now she has a fabulous array of exciting flavours with which to entice cake lovers; think vanilla, chocolate, lemon, apple crumble, apple and blackcurrant crumble, victoria sponge, chocolate orange, chocolate raspberry, strawberry and vanilla, blueberry lemon, carrot cake, chocolate banana, banana and chocolate chip, chocolate mint, strawberry lemon, lemon and blackcurrant, lemon and raspberry, lemon curd, cherry Bakewell.

You’ll find it hard to make a choice with all that lot!! Lynwen offers bespoke cupcakes for all occasions and events and she also hand delivers within a 15 mile radius of Llangefni.

My box of four cakes plus delivery cost £8.00 an absolute bargain!

If you would like to order cupcakes or discuss a special occasion you can give Lynwen a call on 07759 576739 or

email:  lynwen@aderynmelys.com

or you can pop down to the Ogwen Produce market, Bethesda on the second Saturday of the month and pick some up there.

 
 

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Conwy Feast & Blinc in pictures: just a few of my favourite things

I think you will see a few posts popping up here over the coming week about the fantastic Conwy Feast. There was so much to see, hear and taste that it was a weekend that fed all the senses. With both Conwy Feast and Blinc (Wales’s first digital arts festival) running concurrently its no surprise that the usually sleepy, walled medieval town of Conwy saw around 25,000 people visit over the weekend. Even the sun shone for us!

And what a weekend it was!.Since it began in 2003 the Conwy Feast has rapidly grown into the second largest food festival in Wales. It attracts a wide array of foodies from all over the country and its patron Bryn Williams of Odettes in London returns to demonstrate year after year. Other regular visitors include the two Sian Lloyd’s (from BBC and ITV), chefs Aled Williams (of Cennin in Beaumaris) and Hywel Jones (Michelin starred chef from Lucknam Park) who like Bryn have flown the flag for Wales as part of the Great British Menu and Bryan Webb, chef and patron of Tyddyn Llan Michelin starred restaurant in Llandrillo near Corwen. This year also saw Morfudd Richards attend for my ticket only supper club event, where Jimmy Williams from Signatures restaurant and I cooked a three course tasting menu with wine. More on this in my next post.

For now though I want to share some of the sights and images that summed up the weekend for me. From the huge array of fantastic Welsh produce just waiting to be tasted, the great array of local musical talent that played across two stages and culminating in the amazing Blinc projections on Conwy Castle on Saturday night. What more can I say…we had a brilliant time.

Conwy mussel boats in the harbour

my little jam stall in Fresh: the new producers tent

Vegan cupcakes from Aderyn Melys...taste totally divine and look beautiful as well

yummy truffles on my next door neighbours stall

Pretty patterns on the handmade butter, churned on site from the Victorian Farm Food Co. in Shropshire

Gemma looking pleased at punch to see the labels she designed for me on the jars

Welsh produce from around the festival, old favourites and new discoveries

Pen-y-Lan sausages…very very moorish

The outdoor cafe with its ’30 mile menu’. Three courses made with exclusively local produce.

Apples and honey at the Anglesey Apple Company…they do the most fab fresh pressed apple juice

Cynan selling his local shiitake and oyster mushrooms from The Mushroom Garden…now regularly bought by Michelin star restaurants. I used his mushrooms in my supper club menu, they are the best.

Beautiful bread from Scilicorns bakery in Llanrwst….their polish bread is my favourite.

everything you always wanted to know about apples from Ian Sturrock grower of rare, organic, Welsh fruit trees and discoverer of the Bardsey Island Apple (which led to a resurgence in interest in rare breeds). I have two of his trees in my garden.

A bar full of Welsh draught beer

Charcuterie from Trealy Farm….Love by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall I can see why; I loved their sweet chorizo and venison chorizo so I just had to buy a selection while I had the chance.

Fantastic shutters in Elizabethan town house Plas Mawr, one of the fantastic locations for some of the Blinc digital installations.

And the grand finale….

Blinc: projections on Conwy Castle

Blinc projections on Conwy Castle

 

 

 

 

 

 

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