Welsh Rarebit

Foundue for “Continental Europeans” is Rarebit for Britions. The former made with Swiss cheese, the latter with cheddar (mostly mild).

The origins of the food’s name is uncertain, but it is a popular version for the etimology that poor Welsh peasants could not afford meat (rabbit) so they had cheese on their bread.

Welsh rarebit (called Caws Pobi in Welsh) is available at many pubs, not only because beer is used in the making. To have the best tasting cheese sauce you’ll need Cheddar or Cheshire, quality ale (or even stout like Guinness for a stronger taste), Worchester sauce and mustard.

Welshholidaycottages.com offers the following recipe:

  • 8oz (= 235gr, nearly 2 cups) grated, strong cheese such as Cheddar or Cheshire
  • 1 tablespoon (Welsh) butter
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 level teaspoon dry mustard
  • 2 teaspoons flour
  • 4 tablespoons (Welsh) ale (/ stout; milk is an other option)
  • shake of pepper
  • 4 slices bread toasted on 1 side only

1 Put the cheese, butter, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, flour and pepper into a saucepan.
2 Mix well and then add the beer, Guiness or milk to moisten. Do not make it too wet!
3 Stir over a gentle heat until all is melted, and when it is a thickish paste, stop stirring, and swivel it around the saucepan, which it will do quite easily.
4 Leave to cool a little, and meanwhile toast the bread on one side only.
5 Spread the rarebit over the untoasted side and brown under a hot grill.

This mixture can be made and kept in the refrigerator for several days if required. Sweet white wine can be used instead of beer and gives a good flavour.


Another version:

Yorkshire pudding – the original?

How it began? Well, according to urban legend, women in the north of England realised there is a way to use the fat dripping from the roasted meat: to bake a batter-pudding.
The first “official” recipe for this dish (called “dripping pudding”) was published in “The Whole Duty of a Woman”, a book for wives to del with cooking, household chores, religion and even nadling their husbands coming home drunk.
This original recipe included fat. Despite the fact that oil is preferably used nowadays, duck or goose fat gives Yorkshire pudding the original taste and crispyness.

It was never proved why the name changed from “dripping” to “Yorkshire”, but it is a logical explanation that the food was mostly eaten by Yorkshire miners.

Several “best Yorkshire pudding” recipes have occurred but each contain the following ingredients for the batter: eggs, milk and flour. It is often advised to have the same volume of ingredients – as shown in the video below:

40 most popular British food

According to a survey of 2,000 British people asked about their favourite food traditional Fish ‘n chips made the top.

Here’s the list of the 40 most popular food in Britain:

1. Fish ‘n’ chips
2. Roast dinner with Yorkshire pudding
3. Full English breakfast
4. Bacon butties
5. Apple crumble
6. Strawberries and cream
7. Bangers and mash
8. Cream tea
9. Shepherd’s Pie
10. Crumpets
11. Ham, egg and chips
12. Sausage rolls
13. Cornish ice cream
14. Baked beans
15. Victoria Sponge
16. Toad in the hole
17. Sticky Toffee Pudding and custard
18. Cornish Pasty
19. Steak and kidney pie
20. Pork pie
21. Bakewell Tart
22. Ploughman’s lunch
23. Chips and gravy
24. Rhubarb and custard
25. Scampi
26. Prawn cocktail
27. Mushy peas
28. Marmite
29. Cheese and pickle on crackers
30. Scotch eggs
31. Cornish fudge
32. Spotted Dick
33. Irish stew and dumplings
34. Chelsea buns
35. Eccles cakes
36. Pea and ham soup
37. Cucumber sandwiches
38. Haggis and tatties
39. Cockles and mussels
40. Jellied eels

Food in Britain

Watch the video below and answer the questions.

1 At 0:08 in the film, what can you see in the fridge?

a jar of mar_ _ _ _ _ _; a carton of fr _ _ _  ju _ _ _; a b _ _ _ _ _ of champagne;
a jug of m_ _ _; some e_ _ _ _ and some fr _ _ _

2 Who comes early in the morning and why?

3 What’s in Mr Robinson’s full English breakfast?

4 What do the others eat?

5 How much is a portion of fish and chips? (At 4:08 in the video)