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With today the 1st of March being St Davids day (patron st of Wales), we thought we would give you our fave Welsh recipe. This time last year, we were catering a very special event in Canary Wharf for Planned, a charity whose passion is working with communities to build on their strengths. “We promote and use new and innovative ways of engaging and supporting communities to help make a sustainable future”. It was a really fantastic catering event. We made a bespoke canape menu in Warwickshire and catered with food solely sourced from Wales- Including prosecco! Have a look at our other menu options here.

St David was born in the year 500, the grandson of the King of Ceredigion. According to legend, his mother, St Non gave birth to him on a Pembrokeshire clifftop during a fierce storm. The ruins of Non’s Chapel mark the spot, and a nearby holy well is said to have healing powers. 

Now, on to our recipe. It’s simple, cheap, and honest- which, all the best food is. Cockles with leeks, Pernod, dill, and cream. I’ve always enjoyed cooking and eating cockles. At their best, they’re sweet, plump, and meaty – and full of character.

You will need 

1kg live cockles

One medium leek

1 tbsp olive oil

Knob of butter

Two large garlic cloves, peeled

1 tsp fennel seeds, lightly crushed

20ml Pernod or other pastis mixed with 100ml water

100ml double cream

2 tbsp chopped fresh dill

Lemon wedges and bread and butter to serve

  1. Fry the leeks in butter for 3-4 minutes. Add the garlic, crushed fennel, and a little salt and pepper, cook for another minute, then turn up the heat to high and add the cockles, the diluted Pernod, and the cream.
  2. Put the lid on a pan and bring it up to the boil. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until the cockles are all open.
  3. Take the cockles out and put them straight into a bowl with some fresh dill sprinkled over then, spoon the leeks, along with the lovely creamy dill and fennel seed sauce, over the cockles in the bowls and serve immediately with good bread and butter and wedges of lemon for squeezing over.


Easy, enjoy, and let us know what you think of the recipe. Check out our menus if you would like bespoke, corporate catering in Warwickshire just like Planned.