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-Hello and welcome to Prynhawn Da
-on St Dwynwen's Day.
-We hope you're having a love-ely day
-or have a romantic evening planned.
-Did you receive a card, Rhodri?
-What do you think?
-Romance is in the air
-on today's programme.
-Mearl Jones is ready
-to undergo a makeover.
-We hear about the heartache of
-the woman behind St Dwynwen's Day.
-Elinor Wyn Reynolds joins us
-with shelf-full of romantic novels.
-Alison prepares some recipes
-from the Plesio'r Gwr culinary book.
-We hear more about this book
-that was published especially...
-..for the 1967 Carmarthen Eisteddfod
-from Daniel Jenkins Jones.
-Love is in the air
-for the next 50 minutes.
-Welcome to Prynhawn Da.
-We begin by welcoming the woman
-who is having a makeover today.
-Mearl Jones from Bancyfelin
-is today's lucky recipient.
-Welcome to the programme.
-We are also joined by your daughter,
-daughter-in-law and grandchild.
-Catrin is your daughter
-and Rhian is your daughter-in-law.
-Yes, she is four months old.
-Gwenno is my granddaughter.
-She is a good girl.
-You have been celebrating.
-I celebrated my birthday.
-I'm 21 again!
-I knew I was coming here
-two weeks ago.
-I had to take a day off work.
-It wasn't my idea!
-Rhian thought of it.
-She deserves it.
-Catrin has two sons.
-I have two sons, Jac and Cai.
-They are in school.
-They will watch it later.
-Are you still working?
-I work part time
-at the local hospital.
-I'm also the caretaker
-of the school.
-You've been married
-for a long while.
-I've been married for 39 years.
-I have to wear a uniform in work.
-I usually just wear
-Do you often get a chance
-to get yourself pampered?
-I do get my hair done
-for special occasions.
-Mam is easy going.
-She doesn't like tight clothing.
-She doesn't get time for herself.
-She looks after the kids too.
-You also attend chapel.
-Yes, I go to the chapel.
-I was involved
-with the Sunday School.
-She also babysits for us.
-Do you enjoy family time?
-We try to go out
-as a family sometimes.
-It's great to see you here.
-Enjoy your day.
-Thanks to all of you who have
-already sent in your entries...
-..for our Winter photography
-Here are a few of them.
-You have been very quick
-to get snapping.
-The competition only began on Monday
-and here are the details once again.
-We are in the grip
-of winter's cold weather.
-The Ice Queen
-leaves her mark everywhere.
-The light is perfect to take
-that great, seasonal photo.
-Venture out with your camera
-and show us your winter.
-There's an iPad or television
-for our winner.
-You have until midday on 24 February
-to take part.
-Send your photos to Prynhawn Da,
-Stryd y Parc, Llanelli, SA15 3YE...
-..or to [email protected].
-You can also enter via Facebook
-or Twitter via @PrynhawnDaS4C...
-..or on Instagram
-Good luck to you all.
-and send in your photos.
-Charity cookbooks in aid of local
-causes are quite commonplace...
-..but it's not a new phenomenon.
-50 years ago, to coincide with
-the Carmarthen Urdd Eisteddfod...
-..a book was published with an
-interesting title, 'Plesio'r Gwr'...
-..or 'Pleasing your Husband'.
-It contained recipes from wives of
-prominent Welsh people of the time.
-Here to discuss this remarkable book
-is Daniel Jenkins Jones.
-Welcome to the programme.
-Here too is Alison Huw.
-We have set you a challenge to
-cook a few recipes from the book...
-..but more about that later.
-Tell us more about this book,
-I as clearing out over Christmas.
-It caught my eye.
-I was intrigued.
-My father was chair of the
-working party for the Eisteddfod.
-They wanted to raise money.
-This was one way to do that.
-A local woman was the editor.
-It was quite a feat to print a Welsh
-book of this kind 50 years ago.
-There weren't many cookery books
-at all in those days.
-Is this the first Welsh recipe book,
-Women are named in this book, too.
-The women are called
-after their husbands.
-I hope it was tongue in cheek.
-Mrs Gwynfor Evans.
-Mrs Gwynfor Evans is an example.
-It is more than a cookery book.
-It's a mirror to the past,
-a picture of the time.
-It can be perceived by us
-as being a bit sexist.
-The ingredients reflect the time.
-Did they taste better with lard?
-Lard was used a lot,
-as were tinned fruit.
-They put a lot of fruit
-in their curries!
-It's great to take a look back.
-The names are amazing in this.
-Many women weren't named by their
-No women are called
-by their first name.
-Mrs Dewi Bebb is in there.
-They don't mention
-their first names.
-Lady Edwards has a recipe.
-There is an amusing line
-If your husband was to turn up with
-two pigeons over his shoulder...
-..then he would have to pluck them.
-One name is mentioned at the end.
-Mrs Huw Thomas.
-He was my mother's brother.
-He read the news on ITV.
-He was an eligible bachelor.
-His wife was called Ann.
-A local press house published it.
-The book was published by Lodwig,
-another Carmarthenshire family.
-All the proceeds went to the Urdd.
-It seems only women cooked then.
-It was the Swinging Sixties.
-That hadn't reached Carmarthen.
-Are you alarmed by some
-of the recipes, Alison?
-The recipes take me back
-to the 1970s.
-Kidneys and lard are featured.
-There are some twists.
-I wanted to add ingredients
-50 years has made such a difference.
-Everything was in a tin.
-We get them all year round now.
-Cream came from a tin.
-The recipes also reflect
-There is a recipe for Towy salmon
-and one for Beca bread...
-..named after Merched Beca.
-I will be cooking later.
-Menter Iaith Dibych hold an event
-Doors open at 7pm.
-That's all for now,
-but after the break...
-..we'll learn about
-the story of St Dwynwen.
-Join us in a few minutes.
-Welcome back to Prynhawn Da.
-Just in case you didn't know,
-although I'm sure you do...
-..it's St Dwynwen's Day,
-the day for lovers in Wales.
-But who exactly was Dwynwen?
-Daf Wyn has the story for us.
-The Welsh celebrate romance on
-25 January but it has sombre roots.
-Dwynwen is the Welsh patron saint
-of lovers from the fifth century.
-She was the most devout
-and most beautiful...
-..of Brychan Brycheiniog's
-He had 24 daughters
-so that is quite a feat!
-St Dwynwen was a fifth-century
-According to Iolo Morganwg...
-..she is commemorated
-at Llanddwyn Island near Anglesey.
-She was in love with a young man
-They had a very strange
-She fell out with him and he was
-turned into a slab of ice.
-That is the story.
-God visited her in a dream
-and granted her three wishes.
-First, she asked
-that Maelon be defrosted.
-Her second wish was to be made
-the patron saint of Welsh lovers.
-Her third wish
-was that she remain unmarried.
-She is now the patron saint
-of lovers in Wales...
-..and became very popular
-during the last century.
-After her wishes were granted...
-..Dwynwen became a nun and moved to
-Llanddwyn Island near Anglesey.
-This is where she died in 460.
-The remains of St Dwynwen's Church
-still stand to this day.
-It's also home to Dwynwen's Well
-that housed a sacred fish...
-..who's movements predicted
-the future of relationships.
-Bubbling water meant that
-good fortune and love would follow.
-From Anglesey to Monmouth...
-..Wales is awash with romantic
-locations to visit with lovers...
-..but this would not be possible
-without the sacrifice of one lady...
-..over 1,400 years ago.
-It's an interesting story.
-Mearl Jones is getting a makeover
-How is the transformation going,
-Mearl is completely relaxed.
-The girls have
-also been advising her.
-What are you doing to the hair,
-We'll neaten the hair.
-We'll create more layers
-because it's grown quite thick.
-You're full of cold, Ruth,
-like everyone else at home!
-I'll shorten the layers,
-neaten it, and blow-dry it.
-Will Mearl need to blow-dry it
-as she's going somewhere on Sunday?
-I won't say where in case
-she doesn't know about it!
-I'm the one who organized it.
-They'll enjoy some posh nosh
-at the Cawdor.
-Will she be able to recreate
-It's an easy look that
-she can create at home.
-She can use rollers
-to add some volume...
-..if she finds it difficult
-with a brush and hairdryer.
-You'll also advise and explain
-everything to Mearl.
-What about the make-up, Patricia?
-Mearl told me that
-she likes wearing make-up.
-But she tends to stick to
-a natural-coloured palette.
-Mearl wears glasses, so does
-she have change her eye make-up?
-No, just as long as she can see what
-she's applying, and it looks neat.
-She wants something more special
-and I will use the same palette.
-But I'll change the technique
-of applying the tones.
-The palette is quite neutral and
-will match any outfit we choose.
-It's an easy palette to work with.
-For those who aren't too confident,
-I suggest sticking to this palette.
-It can still be striking
-The top line has darker shades but
-with a touch of sheen and glitter.
-Do you often wear make-up?
-No, only when I go out
-or go to town.
-The girls can give you some advice.
-Are you using any hair products, or
-is it just a blow-dry and hairspray?
-I'm just using hairspray
-so it will keep in place.
-I'll apply a product when it's wet
-to create some volume in the hair.
-I'll advise Mearl on what to buy.
-When Mearl returns to the studio,
-everything will be completed...
-..and she'll wear a fabulous outfit.
-All will be revealed
-later in the programme.
-Mari Grug is here to tell us
-bout tonight's Heno at 7.00pm.
-We continue with the romance.
-Aled and Eleri Edwards of Cilycwm
-will be my studio guests...
-..and, quite fittingly,
-they will be singing a love song.
-They have a new CD.
-It's full of romantic tunes.
-Elin is in Dolgellau, one of the
-most romantic places in Wales.
-Huw looks at the influence Jackie
-Kennedy had on the fashion world.
-It's inspired by the new film
-about Jackie Kennedy.
-The film has been nominated for
-I also got flowers this morning!
-I was so shocked!
-Thank you, Mari.
-It's St Dwynwen's Day,
-so after the break...
-..Elinor Wyn Reynolds will be
-encouraging us to read love stories.
-See you in a few minutes.
-Welcome back to Prynhawn Da
-on St Dwynwen's Day.
-It's the most romantic day
-of the year in Wales.
-Do you know what, Rhodri,
-I don't feel very romantic.
-A bit of music might help...
-..and why don't we dim the lights.
-That's much better.
-How about a love story?
-Are you ready?
-"Hywel put his arms around her,
-squeezed her tight and kissed her.
-"It was a much better kiss
-than the first one.
-"Hywel knew that whatever
-happened in the future...
-..with Lois beside him, he could
-deal with absolutely anything."
-Rhodri, I don't know what to do!
-Elinor Wyn Reynolds joins us.
-Have you had a romantic day so far?
-That was so underwhelming!
-I prefer to get a box of chocolate.
-A poem always does for me!
-But what about a book?
-A book or novel is a great gift
-to give someone on St Dwynwen's Day.
-Giving a book or novel as a gift
-has more longevity than chocolate.
-Poems are perfectly forms and will
-mean more than some chocolate.
-There are so many great love poems.
-There are so many Welsh romantic
-tales and poems.
-There's the story
-of Rhys and Meinir.
-It didn't end well!
-We don't have many Mills & Boon.
-Do you recall Y Fodrwy series?
-They were stories
-that helped you escape.
-They were popular in the Seventies.
-There's Mr Perffaith
-by Joanna Davies.
-There's a no-holds-barred version
-and a more feminine version.
-Women can be difficult to please.
-We also like some romance.
-Women are complex creatures.
-I'm not saying anything!
-Being swept off our feet
-doesn't work anymore.
-Today, women are working girls.
-You have to work hard to be
-We don't have knights on white
-Many people will propose this day.
-there was a gap in the market.
-Gomer Press wanted to print a book
-of stories or poems...
-..about getting married.
-Llyfr Bach Priodas
-is a book that celebrates weddings.
-It's the perfect gift for couples
-who are about to get married...
-a wedding anniversary.
-There are some fantastic poems.
-There are poems for enjoyment and
-others to use at wedding ceremonies.
-The book also features photographs
-of weddings through the decades.
-The book features encounters
-of falling love and marrying.
-This is also a great gift.
-I buy poetry books
-for wedding gifts.
-Many people give cards on this day.
-Cusan is a Tudur Budur book.
-There is also a book about St
-There are some great books here.
-There's also a book about Dwynwen.
-If you want to hear more about it,
-I recommend this book.
-I've also got a special event
-A poetry evening called Torri Tir
-with Aneirin Karadog and myself.
-The free event is held tomorrow
-at The Warren, Carmarthen at 7.30pm.
-The evening's theme is Cwtsh and is
-quite apt for today's celebrations.
-The guest poets of the night is
-Tudur Dylan and Miriam Elin Jones.
-The free event is held tomorrow
-at The Warren, Carmarthen at 7.30pm.
-We also experience a bit of hygge.
-That's the word of the moment!
-Everyone is welcome.
-Come and have a cwtsh!
-After the break, Alison cooks up
-recipes from the book...
-..that we discussed earlier
-in the programme.
-And I'll be revealing the
-transformation of Mearl Jones.
-Earlier on, we chatted about a
-cookery book published 50 years ago.
-It was to coincide with the 1967
-Urdd Eisteddfod in Carmarthen.
-The book was called 'Plesio'r Gwr',
-or How to Please your Man.
-Alison, you've been trying out
-a few of the recipes.
-Daniel Jenkins Jones
-found the book at home.
-Your father was involved.
-It's a social document
-from the time.
-There are no pictures.
-It's a real shame.
-I hope I've done them justice.
-The first recipe from the book
-is Mrs Gwynfor Evans' Sweet Flan.
-It's a simple pudding using
-items found in the cupboard.
-It's a biscuit type base.
-It was very short.
-You placed the fruit on the base.
-Arrowroot was added to make
-a quick jelly from the juice.
-It's a thickening agent.
-It's like starch.
-She says to use red fruit.
-I used raspberry juice.
-It's a funny colour!
-You would serve it
-with tinned cream or milk.
-It looks odd!
-You could add a meringue on top.
-Curries were made back then.
-Only blended curry powder
-was available in those days.
-You couldn't get individual spices.
-I wasn't sure if it was a fruit
-salad or curry recipe!
-We would use a jar of curry sauce
-This is made from scratch.
-You would mix stock
-with curry powder.
-You serve them with bananas
-and mandarins from tins.
-That rings a bell for you, Daniel.
-It takes me back to my childhood
-on Boxing Day.
-We had coconut
-with the turkey curry.
-It's quite attractive.
-Sieved egg was added.
-You crumbled that over the curry.
-The bara brith looks nice.
-The next recipe
-is Mrs Owen Edwards' Bara Brith.
-Every family would have
-their own Bara Brith recipe.
-This is a very easy recipe
-You don't steep the fruit in tea.
-Sian is known as a harpist now.
-There are other similar recipes.
-You sliced it thin
-and added a lot of butter.
-Mrs T Raymond also has advice on how
-to improve on convenience foods.
-There weren't many foods of this
-kind to be found in those days.
-Some housewives felt it was
-dishonest to serve these foods.
-This was a way of adding a twist
-to a few recipes.
-Mayonnaise was made
-into salad cream.
-Are these dishes more calorific?
-They aren't that nutritious.
-Lard is used more these days.
-There was less ingredients.
-Peopled remembered rationing
-The books should be republished.
-Some 50 minutes ago, we chatted
-with Mearl Jones from Bancyfelin.
-She had a special birthday yesterday
-and is having a makeover today.
-Before we see the new Mearl...
-..Huw will remind us
-of how she looked earlier on.
-When Mearl came in today,
-she looked very smart...
-..but had chosen some
-practical, comfortable clothes.
-There was a scarf around the neck
-and some quiet colours.
-Today, we wanted to look at
-something a bit more stylish.
-This is the new Mearl Jones.
-What do you think, Mearl?
-Tell us about the clothes, Huw.
-I can't concentrate.
-Alison has Nestle cream
-and tinned fruit!
-This is a pink outfit.
-Mearl would never choose
-She looks younger than she is.
-Women tend to turn to darker colours
-as they get older.
-I have kept pastel colours.
-It is very comfortable.
-What about the hair, Ruth?
-I have added some layers.
-The hair is a bit shorter.
-I've used thickening lotion
-I will be able to recreate it, just!
-What make-up did you use, Patricia?
-I have kept the natural palette.
-No mascara to be seen.
-I have used eye shadow.
-It's a soft look.
-Pink mon the cheeks
-and bright lipstick.
-I couldn't do it this well.
-You will have to celebrate.
-It was your 21st birthday yesterday.
-The girls have returned.
-Here is a nice cake.
-What do you think, girls?
-It's very swish and high heels!
-It's very smart.
-Gwenno is speechless!
-Blow out the candles.
-Happy birthday to you.
-Have a great anniversary
-later this year.
-Where are you celebrating?
-We have a surprise now.
-We are going for afternoon tea.
-Enjoy your day.
-That's all from us today, but
-we'll have more fashion tomorrow.
-Statement sleeves tomorrow.
-Pryd o Ser follows the news
-and weather on S4C.
-Enjoy the rest of St Dwynwen's Day.