Traditional Welsh Recipes: Monmouth Pudding (Pwdin Mynwy)

Welsh Recipes: Monmouth Pudding (Pwdin Mynwy) Recipe




To make the Pudding:

90g/3¼oz fresh breadcrumbs

450ml/1 pint whole milk

2 tablespoons of soft light brown sugar

The zest from one lemon

2 tablespoons of caster sugar

25g/1oz of butter (salted)

The yolks of three large eggs


To make the topping


175g/6oz of raspberry jam

150g/5oz of fresh raspberries

75g/3oz of caster sugar

The whites of three large eggs, whisked until soft peaks form.


How to prepare


The Pudding

Sprinkle the brown sugar and the breadcrumbs into a baking tray and shake to mix the two evenly together. Grill gently until the breadcrumbs are lightly toasted and the sugar is starting to melt. Remove from grill and set aside until needed.

Preheat your oven to 150C/300F/Gas 2.

Mix together the milk, lemon zest, sugar and butter, and heat in a pan over a medium heat. Cook and continue to stir, until all the butter has melted and the mixture is well blended, then mix in the toasted breadcrumbs and sugar and remove from the heat. Leave the mixture stand for 30 minutes.

When the 30 minutes is up, put the egg yolks in a bowl and whisk them up until they are pale and fluffy, then tip them into the milk and breadcrumb mixture and gently whisk the whole mix until it is well blended.

Transfer the mixture into a 20cm/8in ovenproof serving dish and place in the oven to bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the pudding has risen and set (i.e. when a skewer pushed into the middle of the pudding comes out clean.)

Take the pudding out of the oven and turn the temperate up to 180C/350F/Gas 4.


The Topping

Spread the raspberry jam evenly over the top of the pudding. Scatter the raspberries over the jam.

Put the sugar and the whisked egg whites in a bowl and continue to whisk until the mix is glossy and forms stiff peaks.

Spoon this meringue mix over the top of the pudding and put it back in the oven for about 8-10 minutes, or until the meringue looks golden-brown.

Serve straight away.

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A Very Long Journey

So much has happened since I last posted an update regarding my health, and I know I have a few readers who are interested in my journey with Fibromyalgia, so I thought I’d fill you all in. However, this may be a bit shocking, so I thought I’d better warn you before you read on. It has been a very long month and so much has changed in those four weeks.

So, just to update you:

I may have mentioned before that I suffer with Bursitis. I was diagnosed with this over 2 and a half years ago and I have been palmed off with Ibruprofen to cope with the pain. I was also told that the best way to cope with this is to exercise lots.

Back to the present. Two months ago, following a MRi scan that showed ‘something bulging in a disk’, I was sent for a steroid injection to help soothe the back pain I’ve been suffering with that I have been looking for help with along with my hip, which was put down to bursitis. I was very optimistic that this would get me back on my feet and able to exercise again. But when I had the injection, I felt something wasn’t right immediately. I lost feeling in my left leg completely and the pain moved to the other side. I was asked to keep a diary of my progress. The pain increased by the day and I was eager to see my Dr to get help for it. To my horror, when I saw the Dr, he told me that the pain cannot have moved and because he didn’t understand it, he puts it down to Fibromyalgia. He sent me away with a referral to Advanced Rehabilitation Physiotherapy and a broke heart. I had sobbed my heart out to him asking for help for my increased pain, and he told me I was oversensitive.

As the week went on, my pain increased and I lost control of my bladder and bowels. They completely shut down and would not work at all. Every day, I was ringing the Dr to see if he would see me, but the receptionist told me I would have to wait for 5 weeks. After the 5th day of lying on my belly over the arm of the settee, with absolutely no sleep and screaming in pain around the clock, 8am on the Sunday morning, I rang NHS direct for advice. Instantly, I was red flagged and rushed to A&E, pumped with all kinds of painkillers and given a catheter. The A&E staff called in Radiology staff on their day off and took me for a MRi. They were in disbelief when they discovered that two of my disks were bulging into my spinal cord. They diagnosed me with Cauda Equina Syndrome and rushed me, flashing blues, to the nearest High Care unit where the surgeons greeted me on the Dr and operated on me immediately.

The operation took 4 hours, I had 20 stitches and given a Laminectomy and Disectomy. A laminectomy is the removal of the lamina, or spongy tissue between the disks in the spine, to help relieve the symptoms of an injured disk. A discectomy is the removal of an injured disk.

Cauda Equina Syndrome is a serious condition which occurs when the nerves located at the bottom of the spinal cord – known as the ‘cauda equina’ – become compressed. This compression causes Cauda Equina Syndrome which can manifest in a number of different ways.

Cauda Equina Syndrome can be caused by any of the following:-

Trauma, such as a car crash;
Herniated disk;
Spinal stenosis;
Inflammatory conditions;
Infectious conditions;
Medical treatment, such as surgical errors.
Cauda Equina Syndrome Signs And Symptoms

Cauda Equina Syndrome can develop rapidly, and must be treated as a medical emergency. If there is a delay in treatment, a patient will be far less likely to make a full recovery. It is widely acknowledged by experts that the nerves must be decompressed within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms.

Signs and symptoms of Cauda Equina Syndrome can include:

Pain in the lower back;
Pain in one or both legs radiating down from the buttocks;
Sexual dysfunction;
Leg muscle weakness;
Poor leg reflexes.
Time To Treat Cauda Equina Syndrome

If more than 48 hours lapses after compression of the cauda equina nerve, the damage to the nerves will be extensive. This could leave a patient with long-term complications, such as paralysis, loss of bladder control and/or loss of bowel function.

It is therefore vital that medical professionals diagnose Cauda Equina Syndrome in the early stages, while the condition is still incomplete.

It was the most frightening month of my life. As you can imagine, I am still traumatised, but I felt that if I didn’t share this now, I may not ever. The fact that, like everything, my Dr put it down to Fibromyalgia meant I could have lost my independance completely. I went far longer than the red flag times and I am a very lucky woman to have had such amazing ambulance staff and A&E staff who acted quickly. I am also forever thankful to all the staff at the T4 Unit in Cardiff University Hospital and the surgeons.

I am now recovering at home. I have lost the feeling in my left foot and left buttock completely and doubt that will ever change. I cannot bend, cannot sit for long, cannot walk at all and am having a lot of functional problems that I will have to discuss with my surgeon in the future.

I was to use this post as an awareness of the fact that not everything is related to Fibromyalgia, but when you receive that diagnoses, it is far too easy for a Dr to ignore warning signs of more dangerous underlying problems. You know you own body. Don’t leave it too late. If one Dr ignores you, demand to see another. Ultimately, it could save your life.



Stephen King, Embarrassed Mams, Idle Hands and a Loose Jaw.

Do you ever have one of those social media days when you want to write so much about nothing that your friends think you may have teetered over the edge of sanity and even your Mam hides your posts because you’re so uncool? Some days, a Facebook status is nowhere near big enough and Twitter, and its, like, 12 characters are just a joke! Well it is one of those days and, just to warn you, I have absolutely no idea where  I’m going with this post. Ignore me while I roll down the slope of self-indulgence…


I have done ZERO today. That may sound like bliss to a normal person. but to my OCD, that’s hell. Even though I can’t walk at all some days, I still never sit still. I shuffle around on my bum, making whatever bonkers thought flickers through these empty windows in my head. I’m no Blue Peter badge winner, but I can keep myself occupied for hours with a sheet of sticky back plastic and a washing up bottle. However, today, after a week of tiling the kitchen, I just couldn’t function. I would love to say “had a lush day watching TV”. I often say that to kid my Facebook friends into believing I’m actually having fun doing nothing, but today, I had no choice. I’m bruised from a bad fall I had last week, I am full of tile splinters and my legs told me to ‘Jog On’ when I suggested physio exercise. Needless to say, I am wide awake at 3:30am, scrolling through the internet, puffing my cheeks out in negativity, nagging WordPress readers like a dog reading an empty food tin label.


I’m sat here at stupid-o-clock in the morning. watching Running Man. Now, I’d like to think I am a big fan of Stephen King, which was why I decided to watch it, despite my husband’s better judgement, but  I’m about 30 mins in and I want to scream at my TV! Stephen King has mastered some belting adaptations in his time like Stand by Me, Pet Sematary, Carry, Silver Bullet, Christine, Storm of the Century  and of course IT, as well as some not so good like The Shining, The Stand and Dreamcatcher, but this is something else. I’m still yet to enjoy an Arnie film as a grown up, despite being married to a Conan lover, but even he is too good for this nonsense.


Speaking of Stephen King, here is a list of books that I would love for him to adapt or re-adapt:

Silver Bullet: My husband’s all time favourite film. It is perfect as a film in itself, but the novella The Cycle of the Werewolf tells more about the werewolf’s journey, which I feel could have been added into the original.

The Stand: I have seen the mini series of this a few times and each time I cringe at the lack of structure in this telling of one of the greatest novels ever written. I thought that the stars were are terrible choice. To stay true to this enormous story, it deserves a 8 series, rather than the 4, which would have given this drama the edge that King portrays throughout this remarkable journey the story takes us on.

Dreamcatcher. Um. AWFUL!!!

The Shining: Lastly, but probably the one we all hate the most is Stanley Kubrick’s blasphemous massacre of the utterly amazingly written, The Shining. Even King hates this. It is a completely different story what-so-ever. It is nothing but shreds of Stephen King’s Arc Du Triumph and we are all left wanting.


So, there you go. That’s where my head is at I told you it would be nonsense!



Clutching her last cigarette in her trembling hand as she squeezes the smoke like it is air, she recalls that night.


It was the first day of December of ’06 when she realised that the feeling whirling around her stomach was the start of something wonderful. She was in love. Not the love you feel when you meet someone new, but a mature love; a longing for ever after that she felt.She knew he felt it too because he’d told her every day for two whole months. She pictured a future for the three of them. He would make an amazing husband and father…


…And he is. There isn’t as day that passes that she doesn’t  dote on him. He is perfect in every way.


11 years babe. Happy Anniversary.