If you don't know what Welsh Rarebit is....well the Colonel pities you. It holds a very high elevation at his table and he needs little encouragement to make the dish. If you want him to join you at your table, just drop those few words - Welsh Rarebit to be served, and you will most likely hear very little argument from him.
I first heard of Welsh Rarebit at an old haunt of mine, which sadly is no longer in existence, the Bliss Cafe. It was a small town coffee shop that had a few sandwiches on the menu, as well as various coffee and tea speciality drinks. I would frequent there often to meat up with friends or work on the latest puzzle they had set up and in their busy days they would have various music groups in to play some weekends and my friends and I could frequently be found in the audiences. At some point, I am not sure why, but they stopped having regular hours and you never knew when they would be open, and eventually they closed. I miss that little coffee shop, but my guess is the owner just moved on to other things. But back to Welsh Rarebit, it was on one of those weekend evenings when they had an entertainment group in and the place was packed. However it wasn't a music group this time, it was a reader's theater. Truthfully, I don't even remember what story they were telling, but in congruence with whatever story it was, they had a special on the menu -- Welsh Rarebit. It was referenced in the reader's theater and they decided to serve it, with toast cut on points.
So what is Welsh Rarebit you ask, well simply put it is melted cheese on toast. Almost like a cheese fondue, but you add cayenne, mustard, Worcestershire sauce to it. We came across the recipe in a mustard cookbook I gave to the Colonel for his birthday one year and the gift soon became contingent on the fact that he make us this dish or at least let us have the recipe. And that was the end of that, soon the Colonel was hooked.
|Grating the cheddar.|
|Preparing the seasonings.|
|Adding the cheese to the pan.|
|Stirring it to melt.|
|Enjoying our treat.|
|mmm...good old Welsh Rarebit.|
Tinbugs for the Coronel, who must have gone to bed early.....