Tuesday 28 February 2012

St David's Day - Welsh Rarebit and Banana bread

(Goblin is 28 Months)
This morning as I was getting ready for work I moaned to Hublet that I had nothing to post today for my St David's day activity week. Being a super awesome husband, halfway through the day Hublet sent me a proposed post. I loved it so much I am posting it completely unedited. Enjoy!

Greetings interwebbers, Hublet here (should that be upper or lower case, is it my name?).
Monko has been trying to do Welsh blogging for St David's day and as the one with an actual Welsh background I thought I ought to contribute.

I considered something dragon based but watching "How to Train your Dragon" didn't sound too productive and playing "Dungeons and Dragons" was a bit advanced for now.

I tried getting Goblin to draw dragons but he just shouted for diggers.

So we did our normal thing and went to the kitchen.

Today's cooking was going to be banana cake and Welsh rarebit.  Neither is particularly Welsh but they taste good and one has Welsh in the name....

Unfortunately Goblin was not feeling cooperative.  I didn't manage to get any pictures of cake production as all Goblin would do is eat the bananas while watching me weigh and mix.
He got through 3 and his only contribution was to dump a tonne of flour into the bowl forcing me to bulk out the recipe.  
Here he is playing with a jigsaw while I bake.  I used the same "recipe" from the other post.

The end result was good though and he liked eating it.

At the same time, we started on the Welsh rarebit.

Here are the ingredients: 

Butter (50g ish)
Plain Flour (50g ish)
Beer - non alcoholic in this case (200ml ish)
Cheese - (a lump)
Bread - sliced
Worcester sauce - pronounced "wuh-stuh" with glottal stops, not "Wore-sester-shayer"

Try to convince Goblin to grate cheese.  Wait while he munches on the lump of cheese, despair as he starts working on eating the whole block.  Grate cheese yourself.
Try to convince Goblin to weigh flour or butter.  Goblin ignores you and continues eating an inhuman quantity of cheese.

Bring out steps so Goblin can watch while the sauce is made.  Attempt to lure Goblin up steps with more cheese.

Give up on involving toddler as he is only interested in cheese.

Set up Goblin in the garden with his sand pit:
Melt butter in saucepan.

Slowly add in flour until a thick roux is made.

Add in beer slowly, while mixing

Add in grated cheese and Worcester sauce and mix while it melts.
Pour onto bread

Grill (I know different countries use this word differently, I mean put it underneath a heat source, not over a bed of white hot charcoal)

Feed to Goblin

That wasn't so Welsh in the end, but Goblin got to eat a load of Welsh cheese I suppose.

Is there supposed to be a moral, or lesson to these things?  My lesson is to accept that toddlers will disregard all your plans, and always buy extra ingredients in case yours get eaten during production.  

Also stay in school and don’t do drugs.  Nor should you do drugs outside school either.
There are two lessons.  One:  Don’t do drugs.  Two:  Stay in school.  They aren’t reliant on each other.

Unless you are homeschooled.
Or an adult
Or maybe have a medical condition which requires treatment.
Or the school is on fire.

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  1. Thank you for a true to life cooking experience with a toddler :D - my 2 and a half year old cooking goes something along those lines most of the time unless it involves mixing - which he will just do and do and do and do......

    Welsh Rabbit is very Welsh - it was created as a poor mans version of rabbit eatten by the English from the fields - but Rabbits aren't as easy to get hold of in Wales but there is plenty of cheese and it was cheap so the Welsh came up with the Welsh Rabbit as it was very cheap and easy to make.

    Happy St David's Day for Tomorrow and Thank you for linking up to Tuesday Tots this week

    1. Hublet tells me (and he could just be mocking me - I can never tell), that the cheese being a replacement for rabbit thing is an urban legend popularised by Mrs Beeton (in her book Mrs Beeton's book of Household Management). And apparently there also used to be an English rarebit.
      I'm learning lots of new things doing this St David's day activity week!

  2. So, being an American with no Welsh history at all, I didn't know a lot about all this. But I have a good friend and cooking buddy who is Welsh and she wanted to have a St. David's Day dinner. So this is all fascinating. All the recipes I've found need to be converted, but I'm somewhat intelligent, and I think I can do it. Here are my questions: What kind of cheese do you use to make your cheese toast? What do dragons have to do with St. David's? Why do folks pin leaks to themselves and can I skip that part? That is all.

    1. Kristin, thanks for leaving a comment.1. Any cheese will do, we used Welsh cheddar - strong flavours are good. 2. The dragon appears on the Welsh flag and is senonimous with all things welsh. 3. see my original St David's day post for explaination of leak http://tamingthegoblin.blogspot.com/2012/02/st-davids-day.html
      Have fun - tonight I will be posting a welsh song/poem that you could learn to impress your friend.

  3. Great post Hublet! And thank you for the correct pronunciation of Worcester :-) Often when Master D and I are baking he will bite chunks of butter to eat, thinks it is tasty!

  4. Well done Hublet!
    Love this post :)

  5. I like your Hublet. As a genuine welsh person I also like welsh rarebit. What does he mean it's not Welsh? Isn't it? What about Welsh cakes? I'm in Australia, I should make this for the kids!


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