January 25

Saint of the day:

Saint Dwynwen, Dawn

Patron Saint of Lovers (Wales)

Saint Dwynwen's Story

A Welsh saint credited with the saying: "Nothing wins hearts like cheerfulness." A member of the family of Brychan of Brecknock, she is venerated throughout Wales and Cornwall, England.

Dwynwen is believed to have been a daughter of King Brychan Brycheiniog, who lived in the 5th century. Her mother may have been Rigrawst. Dwynwen lived in Anglesey, and her name is still recalled in place names such as Llanddwyn and Porthddwyn in Wales and the church of Sen Adhwynn in Advent, Cornwall.

In the tale told of her, Dwynwen falls in love with a young man named Maelon, but rejects his advances. Stories differ substantially on the events that follow but the outcome remains the same. Either she is raped by Maelon and prays for assistance, or she is unable to marry him due to her father's refusal and prays to forget her love for him. An angel provides her with a potion. Maelon drinks it and turns into ice. Dwynwen then prays for three requests (either given as a result of drinking the potion, or prayed for when she sees what happens to Maelon). These three requests are that Maelon be released; that, through her, God look after all true lovers; and that she remain unmarried. She then retreats to the solitude of Ynys Llanddwyn off the west coast of Anglesey to become a hermit until she dies, in about AD 460.









St Dwynwen's Church

Ynys Llanddwyn, Anglesey, Wales

 St Dwynwen's Church is a ruined church on the island of Ynys Llanddwyn off the coast of the island of Anglesey, northwest Wales. Unusually for churches in that region it has a cruciform floor plan.






 Welsh Rarebit 

or in Northern France known as "Le Welsh"


  • 4 slices of bread (or pain de mie)

  • 2 tbsp (30g) Dijon Mustard

  • 1 tbsp (15ml) Worcestershire sauce

  • 3 cups (300g) Orange cheddar, grated

  • 1 3/4 cup (400ml) Brown Ale


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 480°F (250°C) 

  2. Toast the bread slices (in a toaster or in a lightly greased pan).

  3. Sprinkle ¼ tbsp of Worcestershire sauce on each slice of toast and then spread ½ tbsp of Dijon Mustard. Lay the toasts flat in a oven-proof dish (do not overlap them).

  4. In a medium saucepan, over medium-heat, heat up the beer and slowly whisk in the grated cheese until completely melted. 

  5. Pour the beer + cheese mixture over the toasts (this will look like a lot of liquid, but the toasts will absorb some of it as they bake in the oven).

  6. Bake for 10 minutes and finish off with 30 seconds under the broiler.

  7. Topped with some bacon and paired with some roasted tomatoes...yum!

  8. Enjoy immediately.

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