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Food Terminology

Welsh Rabbit for Breakfast (sung to the tune of "Cold Pizza for Breakfast" by Christine Lavin). When I made Irish Car Bomb cupcakes for my mom's birthday party I had left over Guinness Stout. So I had to make a loaf of home made bread and a pot of Welsh Rabbit to use it up.

It was called "Welsh Rabbit" because the Welsh were too poor to have actual rabbit. All they had was beer and cheese. Like "City Chicken" is pork because chicken was too expensive for the poor people who lived in the city.

In his 1926 edition of the Dictionary of Modern English Usage, the grammarian H. W. Fowler states a forthright view: "Welsh Rabbit is amusing and right. Welsh Rarebit is stupid and wrong."

Devil's Dictionary: "RAREBIT n. A Welsh rabbit, in the speech of the humorless, who point out that it is not a rabbit. To whom it may be solemnly explained that the comestible known as toad in the hole is really not a toad, and that ris de veau à la financière is not the smile of a calf prepared after the recipe of a she-banker."

I also have strong opinions about how to pronounce Gyro (the sandwich). I pronounce it the same as Gyroscope (\ˈjī-rə) because they both come from the Greek word for turn. Gyro sandwiches are made by slicing meat off a turning spit.

Comments

I've never had Welsh rabbit, but I should someday.

Have you ever posted the recipe for Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes? That recipe I need to read. :-)

I tend to pronounce "gyro" somewhat like "jhiro" or "yhiro" because that's the closest I can come to pronouncing it like the Greek servers do.
Here is the recipe I used Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes They were a smash hit at the party. Some people didn't believe me when I told them what they were called. But people were really wowed by the results.

It has become fashionable to try to pronounce Gyro in the greek manner. My argument is that we don't pronounce Gyroscope "yhiroscopee" or Gyrate "yhiratee" and they both come from the same greek root. And we already have a sandwich called a hero. Why increase confusion. Just pronounce it the way it is spelled in English.

Welsh Rabbit

The recipe I used was:
1 cup beer (Guinness Stout in this case)
1 lb cheddar cheese shredded
1 tbsp butter
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. prepared mustard
2 eggs
8 slices of toasted artisan bread

Heat the beer in a heavy sauce pan over low heat.
Add the shredded cheese and butter and stir until the cheese melts.
Add the spices.
Beat the eggs in a bowl. Add some of the cheese mixture to the eggs to temper them. Then mix them into the cheese mixture. Allow to heat through while stirring. The eggs should thicken the mixture like a custard. But if the eggs curdle it still ok. It's just eggs in cheese sauce.

Serve over toasted artisan bread. This recipe should serve four people.

Some people add a pinch of cayenne pepper or a dash of Tabasco.
You can also add sauteed onions and diced tomatoes to it. (With tomatoes it is called Blushing Bunny)
Or you can serve it with sliced fresh tomatoes and Branston pickle.
Or over sliced turkey and bacon (Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwich)
Or add diced ham.

Re: Welsh Rabbit

Sounds delicious!