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 Cwm-yr-Eglwys: A whirlwind history


Cwm-yr-Eglwys is a small hamlet just south-east of  the Dinas Head Peninsula in North Pembrokeshire. Recognisable for its ruined church, the small, picturesque beach has earned a Seaside Award and a Green Coast Award (similar to the Blue Flag Award but for rural beaches), and has safe swimming, which make it a popular haven in the summer months. There is a narrow slipway for launching small boats, or in our case for collecting seawater. Sheltered from prevailing winds, Cwm-yr-Eglwys has its own micro-climate, often being a few degrees warmer, and drier, than other parts of the Pembrokeshire coast. This wasn’t the case today though, as you can see!

Cwm-yr-Eglwys is our nearest beach, and its award-winning coastline and micro-climate make it a perfect seawater collection point, for our salt. You may recognise the iconic silhouette of St Brynach’s Church from our logo!

The church of St Brynach suffered storm damage in 1850 and 1851 when the chancel was destroyed and the graveyard severely damaged by the sea. It was the great storm of October 1859, known as the Royal Charter Storm that wreaked havoc however, removing the church roof and damaging its walls. The church was abandoned immediately, and left in ruins until 1880 when the walls were demolished, leaving only western end that can be seen today; a new sea wall built to protect what was left of the graveyard. Another storm in 1979 caused damage to the sea wall but caused no further damage to the church or graveyard.

 

How to protect yourself from witches, demons and more other-worldly being this Halloween. To be taken with a pinch of salt…

How to protect yourself from ghosts, demons, witches and more other-worldly beings this Halloween using salt. To be taken with a METAPHORICAL pinch of salt….

We’ve all seen it in the movies ( Hocus Pocus.. the Sanderson Sisters are still our favourite witches.) and on TV ( Supernatural?!). Salt being used to protect against demons, witches, ghosts and spirits, to consecrate ground and purify. But, why salt? And where did these ideas originate? And more importantly how can we use this to protect ourselves this All Hallows Eve when the veil between the our world and the underworld is at its thinnest….

 

A (very) quick bit of history

There are a LOT of religions and countries that believe in using salt to cleanse and ward off evil spirits.

  • In Eastern belief systems, such as Buddhism and Shintoism, salt is used to purify and repel evil.
  • In parts of Germany, Normandy, and Scotland, salt is used in or around a butter churn to keep witches from souring the butter or harming the cow that produced the cream.
  • Irish folk remedies include the use of salt, combined with a recitation of the Lord’s Prayer, to cure those who might have been “fairy-struck.” To be Fairy – struck is: if a healthy child suddenly droops and withers, or young girls who take ill rapidly are said to be fairy-struck; for they are wanted in Fairy-land as brides for some chief or prince, and so they pine away without visible cause until they die…
  • In Bavaria and Ukraine, salt is used to determine if a child is bewitched.
  • In Eqypt, caravans setting out on a journey across the desert would burn salt on hot coals to prevent evils spirits from getting in the way of the travellers on their journey.

So….There must be some truth in the power of salt for warding off evil if everyone is doing it right? So how can I protect my home from ghostly entities this Halloween I hear you ask…

 

Protect your home

A line of salt across all points of entry should prevent and ghost or demon entering your home. Remember to cover ALL points of entry; don’t forget windowsills and fireplaces. Also protects from slugs.

A bowl of salt by your bed, or a ring of salt around your bed is said to stop a ghost from being able to manifest. A circle of salt keeps your own energies in,  and outer energies out.

Make a Witch Bottle

We found out how to make a Witch Bottle from an article written by Patti Wigington, which is used especially around Samhain (or Halloween as most people know it) to protect themselves and keep evil spirits from their homes. Witch Bottles deflect negative energy and have been used for centuries! To make one you will need:

  • A bottle with a lid
  • Some rusty nails, screws, razor blades or anything pointy..
  • Some salt
  • A length of red ribbon
  • A black candle (Black Orchid scented candle will do)
  • Your own urine. Or some white wine if the idea of peeing in a bottle really doesn’t appeal to you.

Learn more and find out how to make a witch bottle .

 

Protect yourself

If you happen across a ghost while trick or treating (or on your way home from the pub, or perhaps you have gone all Yvette Fielding and sought one out), throw salt at it! According to ghost-hunting websites the crystalline structure of salt deflects and refracts and fractures the electromagnetic energy the ghosts use to manifest and move objects. So a handful of salt deftly thrown at a ghost should, in theory, make them go poof. Not today Casper, find somebody else to play with.

If you feel you have been bewitched (recurring sickness, constant fatigue, bad-luck in everything you do are a few indicators that someone could be sending negative energy your way, although there could be other causes…perhaps you are just a bit rubbish? Or potentially you need to see a doctor. Salt deficiency? ) there are a few things you can do:

Place a wooden or pottery bowl of salt under your bed. Change the salt once a week. Put the old salt in a public bin, not on your property in your own bin. Also out a bowl of salt under your sofa and cloves of garlic in all your windows.

And/Or..

Take a salt shower once a day.

Wet your body, rub salt into the top head Chakra, the forehead Chakra, the throat Chakra, the heart Chakra, the mid body Chakra.

Rinse the salt off as say “Element of Water Cleans Me”. Then have a regular shower, you nutjob.

If you are seriously considering this, perhaps you could just use one of our Natural Salt Scrubs instead, and maintain some sense of sanity. You will  also be moisturised and smell good as well as being protected from bad energy. Bonus.

 

A few more interesting points to leave you with…

 

Salt in folkelore:

  • If someone spills the salt at dinner, it means a violent family quarrel is on the way. If you do spill salt, throw it over your left shoulder. Your left ear is said to be the ear the devil whispers into, so throwing salt over your left shoulder should get rid evil and encourage good luck, or at least give Satan an eyeful.
  • It’s considered bad luck to lend salt to someone because that can lead to a feud between the two people or families. In parts of northern England and Scotland, it is also seen as bad luck to lend salt, mostly because the person borrowing it can use it as a magical link to curse you.

 

So there you have it if you choose to believe. Lend your neighbour and cup of sugar, but never a cup of salt, direct them to our website instead……Happy Halloween!

Scallop, Sea Salt and Squid Ink Sailors Courgetti

Pan seared scallops and courgetti, in a garlic, lemon juice and white wine reduction, garnished with parsley and finished with squid ink sea salt.
Pan fried scallops and spiralised courgette in a garlic and white wine reduction, finished with Squid Ink Sea Salt.

A sumptuous dish of pan seared scallops atop a bed of courgette ‘spaghetti’, with a simple white wine reduction and finished with Squid Ink Sea Salt. Pescatarian. Serves two.

Ingredients

Dash of Olive Oil

2 spiralised courgettes

500g Scallops

Knob of butter and a bit extra

Minced garlic

Splash of white wine

Lemon juice

Fresh parsley

Squid Ink Sea Salt

 

Method

 

  1. Heat some olive oil in a pan, add the sprialised courgettes and stir for a few minutes until softened. Remove courgetti from the pan and put aside.
  2. In the same pan, sea the scallops for about 2.5 minutes on each side until lightly browned and opaque in the middle, and place artfully atop your courgetti. 
  3. Heat a knob of butter and fry some minced garlic until fragrant. Stir in a splash of white wine and simmer until about half reduced. Add some more butter and a generous squeeze of lemon juice. Pour over your courgetti and scallops.
  4. Garnish with fresh parsley and season with Squid Ink Sea Salt.

Foraging- Josh’s Wild Mushroom Fried Rice

Wild and Not-So-Wild Mushrooms on Granny’s chopping board.

 

Autumn is coming. We know this because our Gazebo blew away last night. It took with it a sprinkling of leaves from the surrounding trees, deftly signaling a change in season.

Another sure sign was stumbling across beautiful, wild Parasol Mushrooms whilst taking Oscar and Alfie for their daily walk.

We are some of the lucky ones because we live in a National Park. In fact we live in the only National Park to be designated ‘primarily because of its spectacular coastline’. Oh, and it’s got great mountains too, which is where we were.

As I say, we are ‘Dead lucky’ as Josh describes it. But you don’t have to live in a National Park to find these National Treasures, you can find them all over the country if you keep your eyes peeled.

We love a forage. We love making the most of nature’s bounty. Also, do you know how far away the nearest supermarket is? Google map us, I dare you. So anything we can forage is a gift as it means less trips to the shop, so we harvested a few of these gorgeous Parasols and spirited them home.

We probably haven’t mentioned yet that Josh and I both spent a few years working in Asia, Singapore in particular, and Josh has been particularly inspired by asian cooking; the ingredients, the combinations of spices, flavours and methods. So having been doubly inspired by some spontaneous mushroom foraging, he knocked up a stunning yet simple fried rice for which you can find the recipe below. No picture of the finished article though sorry, dog walking in the fresh mountain air made us hungry.

A little bit of foraging is great for the soul, it reminds us of how amazing nature is so we do encourage it. However, a few things to heed. Firstly it is very important to be 100% sure that whatever you are foraging is edible. Have you seen “Into the wild”? Thats a recommended watch if you haven’t seen it already, highlighting the importance of correct identification. Secondly, remember to leave enough for Britain’s wildlife. Bambi and Terry Nutkins will thank you for it. Happy foraging!

 

Josh’s Wild Mushroom Fried Rice

Ingredients

Long grain rice

Pine nuts

Spring onions

Wild mushroom

Shitake mushroom

Button mushroom

Fresh Ginger

Garlic (I used smoked)

Fresh coriander

Cracked black pepper

Soy sauce

Pembrokeshire sea salt to taste

 

Method

Begin by boiling rice, approximately 75g per person/ portion. While it is cooking, lightly toast about a heaped tablespoon full of pine nuts in the pan you’re going to cook in, keep an eye on them while continuing to prep the other ingredients, they will only take a few minutes. Once done remove from pan and set aside.

Slice obliquely (at a 45 degree angle in Laymen’s terms ) 2 or 3 spring onions pp 

Total mushrooms pp= ~50g roughly chopped. Depending on how much wild mushrooms you can forage substitute with any shop bought varieties as required. I found large parasol mushrooms and added shitake and button mushrooms to the mix. Remove all stems and set aside for a stock, some of the smaller mushrooms could be left whole (no stem). 

Crush 2 cloves of (smoked garlic) and finely dice about the same amount of ginger

Finely chop about half a handful of coriander and basil (don’t be shy). 

When the rice is cooked, rinse thoroughly with hot water and set aside to drain. 

Gently fry the spring onions in fat (I used home-collected pork fat, but any fat or oil will work), add the button mushrooms, allow to cook through a bit then add the shitakes, once nearly cooked add the remaining wild mushrooms (parasols have delicate flesh and do not require too much cooking) along with the fresh herbs and a sprinkling of black pepper. As the herbs wilt, add the cooked rice to the frying pan, with a splash of soy sauce, and mix together well. 

Serve in a bowl and eat with chopsticks, adding seasoning of Pembrokeshire sea salt (we used Wild Garlic) to taste.

 

 Cwm-yr-Eglwys: A whirlwind history


Cwm-yr-Eglwys is a small hamlet just south-east of  the Dinas Head Peninsula in North Pembrokeshire. Recognisable for its ruined church, the small, picturesque beach has earned a Seaside Award and a Green Coast Award (similar to the Blue Flag Award but for rural beaches), and has safe swimming, which make it a popular haven in the summer months. There is a narrow slipway for launching small boats, or in our case for collecting seawater. Sheltered from prevailing winds, Cwm-yr-Eglwys has its own micro-climate, often being a few degrees warmer, and drier, than other parts of the Pembrokeshire coast. This wasn’t the case today though, as you can see!

Cwm-yr-Eglwys is our nearest beach, and its award-winning coastline and micro-climate make it a perfect seawater collection point, for our salt. You may recognise the iconic silhouette of St Brynach’s Church from our logo!

The church of St Brynach suffered storm damage in 1850 and 1851 when the chancel was destroyed and the graveyard severely damaged by the sea. It was the great storm of October 1859, known as the Royal Charter Storm that wreaked havoc however, removing the church roof and damaging its walls. The church was abandoned immediately, and left in ruins until 1880 when the walls were demolished, leaving only western end that can be seen today; a new sea wall built to protect what was left of the graveyard. Another storm in 1979 caused damage to the sea wall but caused no further damage to the church or graveyard.

10 things you never knew about our body scrubs…

Hand-made from the finest Pembrokeshire Sea Salt Co. salt, organic coconut oil, the best essential oils and maybe a little freshly grated fruit zest or nutmeg – our sea salt body scrubs are special. So what makes them so good?

Did you know our body scrubs:

  1. are entirely natural.
  2. are ethically sourced.
  3. can be used on any part of your body, including your face.
  4. will exfoliate gently and moisturise beautifully, leaving your skin feeling super soft for up to 5 days.
  5. are anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-ageing.
  6. can help relieve symptoms of skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
  7. will go a long way! Pinch by pinch, use just one tea-spoon for your whole body, or add to a hot bath for a luxurious, scent-filled soak.
  8. come in gorgeous reusable glass jars, and recyclable packaging.
  9. are available in 200g and 70g sizes. 200g jars are gift-boxed for easier present wrapping; 70g jars come beautifully packaged as a selection box, or individually to make a great stocking filler.
  10. are kind to you and the environment!                                                                                                                                           visit http://pembrokeshireseasalt.co.uk/shop to find out more!

All I Want for Christmas…

All Oscar wants for Christmas is his two front teeth! What about you?

Visit our online shop where you’ll find great gift ideas for him, for her, for the home or for your wishlist? Award winning Pembrokeshire Sea Salts, Luxury Sea Salt Body Scrubs (made with the finest Pembrokeshire Sea Salt, obviously) and lots more ethically and renewably sourced goodies.

Order now, for delivery before Christmas. Remember, there’s free delivery on all orders over £40, until midnight on 12th December, 2018. Happy Shopping!

 

A Christmas Gift from Us!

                 Three weeks to go until Christmas Day!

All your Christmas shopping done? Christmas Presents wrapped? Tree up? Nope, me neither!

Never mind – Christmas shopping is easy at our one-stop online shop, where you can find all sorts of salt related gifts and more, all in one store.  One shop, means one delivery charge and one parcel to wait in for, and until December 12th 2018, we’re offering FREE DELIVERY ON ALL ORDERS OVER £40. Just click local collection for FREE DELIVERY, and we’ll do the rest!

So whether you’re after a stocking filler for Dad, a perfect gift for Mum, or just a little treat for yourself, you know where to look!

 

Places we’ve delivered to recently

It’s been a busy few weeks for us in the build up to the Easter holidays and we’re belatedly pleased to announce that our products are now available for sale in more shops across the county and further!

Our recent deliveries have taken us on a Grand Tour of Pembrokeshire to some great local businesses in amazing locations. Along the north coast our salts and salted caramel are stocked in our fabulous local shop – Kiel House Stores, Dinas Cross; the great deli and cafe in the heart of Fishguard that is The Gourmet Pig; Cafe on the Quay in gorgeous Lower Town; Melin Tregwynt, deep in the countryside at Castlemorris; and a bit further along the coast you can find us at The Perennial Gardens Cafe & Shop, near St Davids, the wonderful St David’s Food & Wine on the high street, and at the new cafe Mamgu in lovely Solva. We also supply chef Simon Coe at Twr y Felin, who is a particular fan of our sea salt with sichuan pepper. Further south we are stocked at Lobster and Mor, tucked away in Little Haven, and at Vincent Davies in Haverfordwest, where we’re looking forward to seeing the new local products display that will be coming soon. In Narberth and Pembroke you can find our products in Wisebuys – great shops to while away some time exploring their myriad of quality products.

Our Pembrokeshire Sea Salt Co. and Cwtch Body & Sole products are also available on the sunny seafront in Saundersfoot at Periwinkle, and in that area we also supply chef Tom Hines at Coast – if you go there you will get to taste our spectacular black squid ink, which he serves atop the butter for the bread, as well as the sea salt with sichuan pepper and coming soon our green wild garlic salt.

The Cwtch products are now available from the lovely Pembrokeshire Creations gift shop at the Post Office in Fishguard and Elements in Newport, who have just moved to a fantastic new shop right on the square; they also have our cute ‘Taste of the Sea’ salt sampler pack and our delicious salted caramel sauce.

Outside of Pembrokeshire, (although only a stone’s throw, or maybe roll…!) you can find the sea salts at Crwst, the new cafe recently opened in Cardigan. We’re pleased to say that our brand is also getting known further afield, and our recent deliveries have gone out to Wrights Food Emporium, Llanarthne, Carmarthenshire, Arthur Neave in Swansea, the Gower Seafood Hut on the Mumbles, Elephant & Bun in Cowbridge and Wally’s Delicatessen in the Royal Arcade, Cardiff. We are also very proud to supply chef Stephen Terry of The Hardwick, just outside of Abergavenny and local lad chef Tom Simmons, at his Tower Bridge restaurant. 

 

About Cwm-yr-Eglwys

Cwm-yr-Eglwys is a small hamlet, located to the south-east of Dinas Head in North Pembrokeshire. It is recognisable for its ruined church, which lies just above the beach in this small cove. The beach has earned a Seaside Award and a Green Coast Award (similar to the Blue Flag Award but for rural beaches), and has safe swimming, which make it a popular haven in the summer months. There is a narrow slipway for launching small boats, or in our case for collecting seawater. Sheltered from prevailing winds, Cwm-yr-Eglwys has its own microclimate, often being a few degrees warmer, and drier, than other parts of the Pembrokeshire coast. This wasn’t the case today though, as you can see!

Cwm-yr-Eglwys is our nearest beach, and its award-winning coastline and microclimate make it a perfect seawater collection point, for our salt. The iconic image of St Brynach’s Church forms our logo, which has been modernised recently for our rebranding exercise.

The church of St Brynach suffered storm damage in 1850 and 1851 when the chancel was destroyed and the graveyard severely damaged by the sea. It was the great storm of October 1859, known as the Royal Charter Storm that wreaked havoc however, removing the church roof and damaging its walls. The church was abandoned immediately, and left in ruins until 1880 when the walls were demolished, leaving only western end that can be seen today; a new sea wall built to protect what was left of the graveyard. Another storm in 1979 caused damage to the sea wall but caused no further damage to the church or graveyard.

New Branding and Christmas Orders!

Hello there! We are Oscar & Alfie, two Old English Sheepdogs whose humans run Pembrokeshire Sea Salt Co. They’re crazy busy at the moment getting Christmas orders ready to send to Santa, and with lots of events. So, we’ve decided to help out with their social media posts, just to keep you up to date with what’s going on. Obviously I (Oscar) am the brains behind this operation, but as I’m a big gentle giant, my paws are a bit big for this keyboard thing, so I’ve delegated the typing to Alfie, as he’s a lot smaller than me. Anyway back to the task in hand (or paw! ). The news from Pembrokeshire Sea Salt Co. and it’s fragrance division – Cwtch Body and Sole is that we have new branding, which we all love. Thank you to the lovely people at Monddi Design Agency in Pembroke, for that. Your next chance to see it is in Newport tomorrow for the Newport Christmas Festival, 2pm ’til 8pm in Market Street, with a train to see Santa in his Grotto. We might come along too! We’re also having a new website which should be up and running soon. In the meantime you can order gifts online; www.pembrokeshireseasalt.co.uk/shop. Order by 20th December for dispatch by post or collect from Dinas by noon on Friday 22nd. That’s it for now. Happy shopping love Oscar & Alfie xx

Upcoming Events August 2017

Now I’m back from my lovely holiday, its time to let you know about our upcoming events throughout August. We’ve got a fair few events around the region, plenty of opportunity to see us, but remember we are always available online.

9th – Nevern Agricultural Show, Newport
12th – Cardigan River & Food
13th – Aberystwyth Sea2shore
14th – Newport Local Producer’s Market
15th – St Dogmaels Producer’s Market
19th – Aberystwyth Farmer’s Market
21st – Newport Local Producer’s Market
22nd – St Dogmaels Producer’s Market
27th – St Dogmaels Producer’s Market, Lazy Sunday
28th – Newport Local Producer’s Market
29th – St Dogmaels Producer’s Market

Upcoming Events July ’17

Now we’re into July we thought it best to keep our faithful customers and followers informed of our upcoming events incase we forget to mention them while we are so busy! There are going to be some limited editions and special products made for some of these events, so come along and see us to be sure not to miss out. Links to the respective events are included below:

9th – Cardigan Bay Seafood Festival, Aberaeron
10th – Newport Local Producers Market, Newport Pembs
11th – St Dogmael’s Producers Market, Cardigan
15-16th – Grand Prix of the Sea, Milford Haven
17th – Newport Local Producers Market, Newport Pembs
18th – St Dogmael’s Producers Market, Cardigan
22-23rd – Gower Chilli Festival, Port Enyon
24th – Newport Local Producers Market, Newport Pembs
25th – St Dogmael’s Producers Market, Cardigan
29-30th – Lampeter Food Festival, Lampeter
31st – Newport Local Producers Market, Newport Pembs

If you can’t make it down to any of these events, then check out the online shop, or just get in touch (phone, email, message).

London and more

No, we’re not the best at keeping our blog updated here at Pembrokeshire Sea Salt Company, but that’s mostly because we’re always busy processing seawater, drying salt, making salted caramel or helping Cwtch Body and Sole with their excellent sea salt body scrubs.
So here’s a little update of what’s been going on. Mid-February, we were at the London Welsh Centre’s Welsh Emporium event, a great day was had by all, we were privileged to get to show off and sell our products in London, and we’re already looking forward to the next one! We’ve been at St Dogmael’s market every Tuesday this year so far (even the cold and rainy ones), so thanks for all of you that have been along to support us and of course all the other stallholders. Another first in February was taking part in the St David’s Day event at the National Botanic Gardens of Wales, Llanarthne, where we will be for their Mother’s Day event later this month. We’ll keep Facebook up to date with any other upcoming activities that we have planned, as we do them!

ITS CHRISTMAAAAAAAAAAS!!!!!

Everyone is in a mad rush in the run up to Christmas, us included(!) with our attendance at Christmas Fairs each weekend, plus the usual Monday morning Newport market, and now our guest appearance at St Dogmael’s market each Tuesday up until Christmas. During these busy times it is easy to let things get the better of you, and to be caught up in the festive hype. Our salt is a quality product, and it takes a long time to get those cubic crystals to form perfectly. So we’re trying really hard to keep up with all our orders and our customers, to deliver the high quality products and service that you have come to expect from Pembrokeshire Sea Salt Company. Thank you for your custom, loyalty and patience.

For our next events, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Summer’s over

With the summer food festival season now over, we’re back to the serious work of ramping up production in time for xmas. We still have our regular spot on the Newport Monday Market, and will be out a few local events through October and November. Be sure to keep your eye on our Facebook and Twitter feeds to keep up to date with our latest news and offers.