Sarah Palin, Please Stop Talking. And Welsh Rarebit/Rabbit

Reindeer/Caribou

Wanna take one for the team?

Honestly, I’m not sure that this qualifies as food news, food politics, environmental news, all three, none of the above. If this were a comedy sketch it would be funny, but it isn’t so it’s not. In a speech to the Safari Club Sarah Palin was quoted as saying among other ridiculous things:

“We eat organic–we just have to shoot it first. And it comes wrapped in fur, not cellophane.”

Do I really need to comment? I just want to poke eyes out.

“If a caribou needs to be sacrificed for the sake of energy independence… I say, ‘Mr. Caribou, maybe you need to take one for the team.'”

And as Joanna Zelman said in her article about the speech on  Huffington Post:

It seems highly unlikely that the Refuge’s 42 fish species, 37 land mammals, eight marine mammals, and over 200 bird species would want to take one for the team. This also seems unlikely for the caribou Palin killed on her reality show, in an act that prompted screenwriter Aaron Sorkin to state, “I can’t make a distinction between what you get paid to do and what Michael Vick went to prison for doing.”

Palin + reality show= insuring that I will never, and I do mean never watch TLC. The link to the entire article is below.

I was going to braise some pork for a ramen soup recipe I have been working on and was going to share that because it is awesome but now I’m going to make Welsh Rarebit and drown my sorrows in vegetarianism, at least for tonight.

The great thing about this recipe is that it keeps forever. If you have leftovers refrigerate them and then cut off slices to broil as wanted. I warn you though, a good Welsh Rarebit means you may never look at a regular grilled cheese without sneering. More than one person has asked me why this dish is named thus. The information that I was able to dig up was scarce and a little sketchy but essentially was that it should be called Welsh Rabbit and not Rarebit because the Rabbit part makes it is a reference to the fact that it is a ‘poor’ dish. At the time, rabbits were a protein almost entirely consumed by those without means. Not much of an explanation I know, so as an apology I will share this tidbit that I came across which is; if you add a poached egg on top of your Welsh Rarebit/Rabbit the dish is then called a Golden Beak.  This recipe is also Boyfriend Bittman’s and as he stresses in his recipe intro do not skip on toasting the bread otherwise you will have a very soggy mess.

Welsh Rabbit

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon dry mustard (Coleman’s spicy if you have it)

1/2 teaspoon cayenne

3/4 cup strong dark beer (Guinness ideally, I even bought one in a bottle, crime of all crimes for this recipe, a porter will do though)

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1 pound sharp semihard cheddar grated (I use Dubliner, you can use Gruyère)

Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour and cook while stirring occasionally until golden brown, 3-5 minutes. Stir in the mustard and the cayenne, then whisk in the beer and Worcestershire sauce. When the ingredients are blended turn the heat down to low and stir in the cheese whisking until smooth. Remove from the heat and pour this into a bowl allowing the cheese to set. While the cheese is setting toast the bread. Once the cheese has firmed up spread the mixture over the toasted bread and broil until the cheese is bubbling and crispy on the top. Then try to wait long enough for the sandwich to cool down so you don’t burn the roof of your mouth. I have yet to accomplish that feat.

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4 Responses to “Sarah Palin, Please Stop Talking. And Welsh Rarebit/Rabbit”

  1. The recipe sounds fabulous. Sarah Palin and Any public speakage, not so much. Your story, however, was delicious. Enjoyed!

  2. What if everyone quit paying any attention to SP? Would she go away?

    I’m 90% vegetarian and have not yet made or tasted Welsh Rarebit or Rabbit. Hope it was yummy. I’m making the mistake of reading your blog at 5:30 pm. Oh Oh!

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