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.

Kitty Parsons

Kitty knows that she will always be an incomer, but this is to be her sixth summers. The wet and grey days of winters have not diminished her love of Pembrokeshire, but she is always grateful for the golden light of spring and summer. Her love of the sea sustains her even through the darkest of days and she can often be found at high tide bobbing about in Fishguard harbour at high tide, often with seals in attendance. When not freezing in water she is usually at her computer. She says" has been an opportunity to celebrate this beautiful county and its people. Keep the stories coming. We love to hear from you."

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