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Happy St David’s Day

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children with leeks celebrating St David's Day in Wales

When on the brink of burnout, getting through the daily grind is challenging enough.

So, celebrating traditions and doing activities with your children is the last thing you want or need.  But by combining the basics such as cooking tea, with some quality ‘Us Time’ with your child, can be very productive.

Here in Wales today it’s St David’s Day, so we’ve been making our tradition leek and potato soup with the kids.


Because Cawl is the Welsh National Dish (our soup) and leeks are the national emblem of Wales. The Patron Saint of Wales would make his Welsh soldiers wear a leek on their helmet in an ancient battle in a leek field.

So, if you’re looking for something quick and easy to do to celebrate St David’s day with your child, this recipe that only requires a handful of ingredients may be just the thing. It’ll also sort tea time out too and give them the vitamins and minerals they need!

Plus, it also teaches them the history of where celebrations and traditions come from, scientific and mathematical concepts, such as solids turning to liquids, weighing and counting ingredients and timing the time to cook.


Peel and dice about 8 medium small potatoes

Melt a knob of butter in a large pan

Wash and chop up about 8 baby tender leeks or 3-4 large ones

Chop an onion (I cheated today and used a bag of chopped onion as life’s difficult enough without tears and burning eyes!)

Add onion, leek and potatoes to the melted butter and cook for a few minutes until soft (not brown)

Add 850 ml of vegetable stock and bring to the boil then put a lid on and simmer on a low heat for 25 minutes.

Add a good grounding of black pepper to season.

Take off the heat and then blend. I like a simple hand blending stick or if you’re making under 4 portions you can use a soup maker with slightly less ingredients.

Enjoy with a crusty wholemeal baguette or bread roll.

This soup is so velvety smooth kids love the texture.

Some may find it a bit oniony, (not surprisingly as its full of them!) if so put in half an onion next time and adjust ingredients to personal preferences. Same with the black pepper, I add this to the soup while cooking, and to my own dish I add more on serving but children may not like this, you can add yours at the end too and leave out while cooking if needs be. However, I do recommend putting some in, as black pepper helps you to absorb nutrients from your food and could literally double the nutrients in the dish.



Leeks are a tasty super vegetable that can give your child vitamins- C, A, B complex, and minerals- potassium, calcium and phosphorus, providing lots of health benefits such as- cell function, energy and healthy bones. The white onion offers; vitamins C, B6 and folic acid and minerals potassium, Iron, phosphorus and calcium, good for DNA protection and tissue growth and repair. The super starch white potato also offers- B6, B12, C, Folate, Niacin, Riboflavin, and Thiamine vitamins. As well as minerals - magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and iron, good for electrolyte balance, cell and collagen production, bone health and heart function.

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Mega Mum Points

Nutrition 1

Us Time Activity 1

Celebrating Traditions 1

Learning History 1 Science 1 Mathematics 1

That’s 6 Mega Mum Points in one, go you!

You can read more about Us Time and Food in The Confident Parent’s Guide to Raising a Happy, Healthy & Successful Child

Hapus st. Dydd Gwyl Dewi!

Stay Present, Em x

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