St David’s Day Leek and Potato Soup Recipe

Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus, pawb! Today is St David’s Day here in Wales, which celebrates the Welsh patron, St David and is the national day of Wales.  There’s lots of ways the country celebrates this special day – from attending services with traditional dances and songs, holding Eisteddfod festival events and children usually dressing in traditional costumes of Welsh Ladies, waistcoats for boys or wearing the Welsh rugby shirt. To celebrate, I’ll be sharing with you my leek and potato soup recipe which is a pretty simple dish to serve on this patriotic day. It’s quick and easy, making it the perfect starter to a three course meal or just to have as a lone dish.


  • 2ibs of potato
  • 2 large leeks
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 onion
  • 1 veggie stock cube
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  • Chop and wash your vegetables and add to saucepan.
  • Cover vegetables with water
  • Add your veggie stock cube
  • Add a pinch of salt and pepper
  • Bring your soup to boil
  • Simmer until vegetables are soft (aprox. 20 minutes)
  • Hand blend the soup down, leaving some chunks
  • Taste and adjust seasoning
  • Enjoy your leek and potato soup

I hope you enjoy this delicious dish. Have you ever tried leek and potato soup before? What’s your favourite soup?


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Women's March Against Trump

Cardiff Women March in Solidarity Against Trump’s Presidency

Saturday 21st January saw the world unite as they protested Donald Trump’s inauguration. The UK, along with the rest of the world, saw thousands of people across the country getting involved to express their rights and show support to America’s Anti-Trump campaign. Cardiff, the capital of Wales, were no different. Within 24 hours of Trump being sworn into Presidency, Cardiff was one of the many countries to march through their city centre in protest. The march was hosted by Welsh organisers Cardiff Sisters of Solidarity’s Gwenno Dafydd and Claudia Boes.

Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the event due to illness, but some amazing members of the Cardiff Feminist Network were more than willing to share their experience of the powerful event. Feminist, Sam, shared with me the experience from a participant’s point of view. 



I marched against Trump because his rhetoric makes me feel unsafe. It’s not just his misogyny.  He has admitted sexual assault  people still voted for him.  He has encouraged hatred of muslims and people of colour, my partner is muslim and a p.o.c.  He has said that vaccines cause autism – as if autism is something to be feared.  My child is autistic and it’s frustrating to hear these old myths resurface after being disproven many times.  I also marched in solidarity with anyone else who has now been made more vulnerable.

I had taken a break from activism because I had really felt that there was no point.  I have seen my country turn from a place that I felt it was OK to be different  – to a place that’s increasingly racist, insular ignorant and nasty, with no sign of things improving.  With Trump in the Whitehouse and the influence that the US has over the rest of the world I didn’t see it getting better any soon, I wondered what the point was in fighting.
I arrived at the Nye Bevan statue at 1 pm and I was amazed at the number of people who gathered there. I have been to many protests in Cardiff and I have never seen such a huge turn out.

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Jazz is a Disney, tea and pop culture enthusiast with a passion for blogging. Also a proud introvert.

I spent a week with a mermaid!

Hello there!

So, as I excitedly explained on my social media sites a numerous amount of times, just over a week ago, my dear friend Courtney AKA A Mermaid’s Blog  (formerly known as Find The Lost Girl) travelled from Stevenage, Hertfordshire to visit me for about a week here in Wales. We have been online friends for almost three years now having digitally met via a Facebook fan page for our favourite singer, Olly Murs. After Skyping, Facetiming and just talking probably more than we talk to our friends who live near us, we eventually arranged to meet up. My parents were happy to let Courtney stay with us for a couple of days and after months of excitement, the day finally arrived.

I stood at Cardiff Central bus station with slight anxiety and adrenaline. As the London bus pulled in, I rapidly began texting “Is this your bus?” but no reply. As soon as it pulled in, I had a call.

“Where the hell are you?!”

“I’m literally right by the National Express office you can’t miss me.”

“I can’t- OH MY GOD I SEE YOU”


Call Disconnected

I look up to see a very familiar face running across the crossing with a suitcase lugging behind her. My face lit up as I ran towards her and she mimicked my actions. We ran to each other, screamed and hugged before bursting out into tears. At last, we had finally met.

Courtney and Jazz first selfie
Our first selfie! Still red eyed from crying…

We only had 5 days together as CJ (her nickname, so you know) had to get back in time for a concert, but we made every moment memorable. From blogging to spending quality time watching films, from shopping to a make over. We did so much in such little time.

I’ll write an overview of each day as so much went on.

Day One:

Courtney and I met in Cardiff after she arrived from London which was a transfer from Stevenage. We got really emotional before catching a train back to my place. We had a night in to watch Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway and just chatted the night away before watching one of our favourite films, Peter Pan in Return to Neverland.

Night in with the TV. Perfect way to bond!
Night in with the TV. Perfect way to bond!


Day Two: 

After a very lazy morning together, my mother, our friend Denise and I took Courtney up a local Welsh mountain to walk Louis and Pepsi and for CJ to see the breathtaking views of the Welsh Valleys. It was also my stepdad’s birthday but he had to work. I managed to give him his present, which was this video from a member of the cast from Game of Thrones wishing him a happy birthday. Needless to say, he was really happy! Courtney and I then spent the evening watching The Fault in Our Stars.

Day Three:

My stepdad’s birthday was on the Sunday but he was working, so today we had a tea party with my stepbrother, my gran and some family friends visiting alongside CJ and I there with my stepdad and my mother. Denise made an amazing cake for his birthday in shape of a Welsh rugby ball. We later went to my local carvery for dinner before watching Love Rosie on DVD.

Bob cake
Jazz and courtney 1


Day Four: 

We had an early rise before going to my favourite little cafe, The Potting Shed. It’s the cutest little place for breakfast and I think Courtney enjoyed it! We then went to the Welsh history museum, St Fagans, where we looked around the old buildings from the past as well as making friends with a sheep! We called her Dolly. We headed home before taking Louis and Pepsi to the beach for a walk and headed to a little ice cream kiosk which ran out of ice cream and made the world’s worst tea. Never again! I also introduced Courtney to the film Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging. I was rather shocked she had never seen it considering the moment it released, thousands of teens and tweens headed out to the cinema to watch it.

potting shed
So much cuteness from The Potting Shed!
Courtney xxxx
Courtney and Polly!
Jazz and Polly
Polly and I chilling

Day Five:

This was the day we had been planning for a long time. We both love shopping, especially for make-up and beauty products, so I took CJ to Cardiff to go shopping. We went to a number of shops but the best ones being Superdrug Beauty Studio (the only one in the UK), LUSH, Blue Banana (which Courtney fell in love with), The Disney Store and The Body Shop where we booked in for a free makeover. Sadly, when we got home, we forgot to take close ups of our make as we were so tired after a long day. I also took Courtney for her first Nandos. Thankfully, they have Vegetarian options!

Jazz and courtney 8

Nandos do pretty great vegetarian options!


Jazz and Courtney 5
Chilling in Cardiff!

Day six:

The day of dread. The day Courtney heads back home. As she packed her bags, we headed to the train station with our heads hanging low with sorrow before boarding the train and headed back to Cardiff central. We spent two hours in a coffee shop for a final chat before the coach arrived. I was welling up. The past few days had been so much fun and now it was all coming to an end. It flew by so fast. As I hugged her before she boarded her coach, we said “see you soon” because we refuse to say goodbye. “Goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting” as Peter Pan once said. Cliche? Cheesy? Yes. But we’re fans, so we stuck by it.

My few days with Courtney was so much fun. We did so much and just had a great time in each other’s company. It wasn’t the last time I will see her, though. We’ve already started making plans for her return in the summer and our reunion in London some time this year for a party. So, it’s all good!

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Jazz is a Disney, tea and pop culture enthusiast with a passion for blogging. Also a proud introvert.

Saying Goodbye…

I had some really upsetting news today. A website I have been contributing to and writing for since 2010 is being shut down. That may not sound like much, considering it’s just a website, but CLIConline was more than that to me.

I first became involved with in December 2010 after it being recommended to me by a friend as I’ve always been a keen writer. CLIC is a website by young people for young people between the ages of 11-25 across Wales (United Kingdom). that covers wide range of subjects and issues, including where to get support in your local area. A free platform for young people to voice their opinion and absolutely anything that mattered to them. I’m part of the editorial team for my local site, WICID.TV, which is the website for my county. After just weeks of seeing my own writing posted onto an actual website that wasn’t a personal blog, I felt so happy. My thoughts and my writing was public for people, for my peers to read.

Anglesy 2011
Anglesy 2011

In February 2011, I was offered the chance to go away with the national editorial group (all the smaller editorial groups from across Wales filtering into one big team to have a say on what goes on with CLIC, the national site) for a weekend in Anglesey. This was an immensely big step for me. I suffer with anxiety and cyclothymia and at the age of 15 I had never stayed anywhere without my parents before. Angelsey is located at the top of North Wales and I live in South Wales. It was a long way and something daring for me to do, considering my condition. That weekend was probably the most important weekend of my entire life. I got on the coach anxious and shy and returned home after making so many friends from across the country, a whole new bundle of confidence and a heck of a lot of new knowledge that school had never taught me.

Some of my best memories came from CLIC
Some of the amazing young people… and me!
Wonderful people I will never forget
CLIC Awards
CLIC Awards 2011
One of the many residentials!
Battle of the Bands 2011

2011 saw so many opportunities for me that I will never forget. From interviewing people to going on residential weekends and even participating in Youth related events. I did so much and grew massively as a person. I even realised that I wanted to become a journalist for a career.

The end of that year, at the first ever CLIC awards, I was crowned CLICer of the Year. Basically, the big award for everything they have done from the website. Things had changed massively for me from that weekend in February to the glitz and glam of the awards ceremony in November.

Even when I had a downfall with my anxiety and had to leave school earlier than planned, CLIC was always there for me. From advice to offering support and just being there for me to write to my heart’s content to distract me from my bad times, CLIC has always been a second family.

The winners of Battle of the Bands 2011, who became quite friendly with!
The winners of Battle of the Bands 2011, who became quite friendly with!
CLIC Awards 2012: Halloween Fancy Dress Edition
CLIC Awards 2012: Halloween Fancy Dress Edition
Minnie Mouse!
Minnie Mouse!
Bala 2012 Residential
Bala 2012 Residential

Over the entire time I have been part of the project, I have made some amazing friends with both the staff and other young people. Some you could say are friends for life. Different ages, different ethnicity,  different backgrounds, different abilities, it didn’t matter. Nothing like that was ever an issue. We were all one big happy family and loved and supported each other. Some websites are purely work based. You do your 9-5 in the office, you’ll have a bit of banter but that’s just work. This was never the case for CLIC. The free service was amazing because you could gain so much for your CV- qualifications, opportunities that you wouldn’t find elsewhere, portfolio work. Everything was so useful and so fun at the same time.

We learn a lot about young people's rights and so much more
We learn a lot about young people’s rights and so much more
Chilling at Merthyr Rocks Festival 2012
Chilling at Merthyr Rocks Festival 2012
Eisteddfod 2012!
Eisteddfod 2012!
Promoting the website :)
Promoting the website 🙂

I’d love to tell you about every memory I’ve had with CLIC, but there are just way too many to talk about. From the time we spent 10 hours on a bus travelling across the country to Battle of the Bands, the CLIC Awards, visits to the Eisteddfod, all nighters on the residentials, all of it was a hell of a lot of fun and made so many happy memories throughout my teenhood.

If you look at what I do now and what I have done, I highly doubt that any of it would have been possible without CLIC in my life. People I’ve met, things I’ve done… I genuinely have no idea what I’d be doing now without this amazing youth website and community. I don’t even know how I would have pulled through my worst times or even if I would have gained confidence from that vital weekend back in 2011.

CLIC is important to many young people. There’s not many services like it and it has done so much good for so many. Experience, gaining skills, growing confidence and most importantly, our voices can be heard through the platform. What will we do without CLIC? Where will we be? How can we voice our thoughts and opinions, now?

I know good things always come to an end and I understand that sometimes things have to happen and there’s nothing we could do about it. But if I could, believe me, I would. Hearing about the closure of CLIC made a lump in my throat, a sting in my eyes and felt like a part of me was being ripped out of my body. I wish I knew what I could do to stop this from happening and I wish I could make it all better. I know I’m not the only one upset or hurt or even angered by this.

To everyone at CLIC, thank you so much. Thank you for being there for me and helping me learn and grow as a person. Even to the people I’ve lost contact with. Thank you. I’ve had an amazing time and it genuinely pains me to say goodbye. But I can’t say goodbye because saying goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting… I’ll never forget any of you and I’m hoping and dreaming that we’ll be able to all meet again and go on one more residential or do something together. I love you all so much and from the bottom of my heart, I thank you for everything. I will never ever forget you- such a big and important part of my life.

Always remembered
Always remembered
Jazz is a Disney, tea and pop culture enthusiast with a passion for blogging. Also a proud introvert.