Hurrah! It’s National Welsh Rarebit Day
I always thought that Welsh Rarebit was toasted cheese with something like Worcester sauce poured over it. You probably know that I was always wrong but, for those that don’t, I can tell you it’s a bit more complicated than that.
My sources tell me that rarebit is a Welsh word for rabbit, although no bunnies are harmed in the making of this snack.
Welsh Rarebit has been known for many years as a yummy supper, often accompanied in the 1800s by a good ale in the inns of the day. Nowadays, we think of it more as a snack. Ale is optional.
It isn’t just a slice of cheese dropped onto a bit of bread and stuck under the grill, though, as I thought, but instead it is a cheese sauce, made with butter and tasty cheddar cheese poured over crusty, white toast. The addition of cayenne pepper, mustard, Worcestershire or paprika is optional.
Upgrade to something called a Golden Buck by topping it all off with a poached egg. Adding bacon is another option.
Mouth watering yet? Well, let me tell you that although you may freely enjoy this cholesterol-soaked treat any time you fancy, it does have its own day, The National Welsh Rarebit day is in fact 3 September.
So bon appetit, cheese-lovers, and if you have your own special recipe, please do let us know.