Y Mwd Leeks

This is a delicious dish to serve as an hors d’oeuvre at a dinner party. A Welsh dish, with a Welsh-sounding name Y Mwd (yid-mer) Leeks are gently cooked in apple cider, then cooled and may be served cold with home-made bread and lots of cold lager.2 lb. young leeks, trimmed and washed

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

½ teaspoon salt

4 fl. oz. dry cider

1 teaspoon paprika

1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

Place the leeks in a large, heavy flame-proof casserole and pour over the oil. Set the casserole over moderate heat and fry, turning the leeks occasionally, for 6 to 8 minutes or until the leeks become light golden brown. Sprinkle over the salt and pour over the cider. Continue to cook the mixture for a further 10 to 15 minutes, basting the leeks with the liquid occa-sionally.

Remove the casserole from the heat. Using a slotted spoon, remove the leeks from the casserole and place them on a serving platter.

Add the paprika to the liquid in the casserole. Return the casserole to the heat and bring the liquid to the boil. Remove the casserole from the heat and pour the liquid over the leeks.

Sprinkle the leeks with the parsiey and set aside to cool. Serve cold.

Two elegant dishes to serve at a dinner party – Xuxu, a mixture of marrow and shrimps or prawns and Y Mwd Leeks, made with spiced cold leeks.