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Pub Food: Welsh Rarebit

Tomorrow, Brad leaves for Middle Wallop, Stockbridge, Hampshire, UK. He will be there for five days to visit his company's plant, and meet with the HR exec. to revamp their pay structure. Never having visited England, the first thing we did is find it on a map.

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I know VERY little about English food, but I do remember as a child, my mom made a wonderful dish called Welsh Rarebit. I always thought it was called "Welsh Rabbit". It is a cheese sauce, usually containing some kind of beer, which is served over toasted bread. We used to have this occasionally on Friday nights when Catholics couldn't eat meat. This was a favorite. No fish sticks or tuna casseroles at our house. We had meatless pastas, crab cakes, grilled or baked fish or Welsh Rarebit!. After searching several recipes, I made up my own version, and we added bacon. Seems like something you could get at a pub in the UK.

1/4 c. butter
1/4 c. flour
1 tsp. salt
1 T dijon mustard
1 tsp. Worcestershire
3/4 c. milk
1 c. Porter Ale
1 lb. grated Cheddar cheese


I have a relaxing few days planned. I will be painting, having dinner with a friend, enjoying the spring weather, and doing a jigsaw puzzle of Varenna. Exciting, huh?

Comments (4)


Thats so funny, Palma -- I, too, used to think the dish was called Welsh Rabbit!

I hope Brad has a good trip and some time to enjoy himself. I love London and have visited Bath, but I haven't yet seen much of the English countryside. It should be an interesting trip!


I belong to that 'rabbit' group, too. Looks delicious, guess the bacon takes it out of the running for Fridays in Lent, LOL.

I also send Brad best wishes for his English business trip, should be fun for him, and I think you'll have a pleasant long weekend as well. At least only one of you is getting the jet lag.

Barb Cabot:

I'm another in the "rabbit" group. That made me laugh. Enjoy your days of quiet. Enough alone time to enjoy your own solitude and then Brad'll be back to entertain you with travel stories. I hope he has a great time. Mike leaves on Monday for the week as well. Too back we aren't neighbors, we could make some mischief together. Ciao Palmabella! Have a good week.

Happy travels, Brad.


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