In praise of the Rare Welsh

Hot cheese with beer added? The Joy of Cooking, p.242, has the recipe for this most traditional of dishes …


rarebit or rabbit? who would know      
the way to spell or to pronounce
what comes from no grand chateau
and always lacks a rabbit’s meat

a dish that’s made with ale or beer
but must contain aged yellow cheese
the first will give a sense of cheer
the second adds that tangy taste

some cooks prefer to use rich cream
with mustard and a touch cayenne
which version may appear supreme
but surely adds avoirdupois

beer or cream make a fat tit-bit
that could become a Welsh rabbit


9781771333054_FCA Bedroom of Searchlights’: poetry. This collection draws a picture of the poet’s divorced mother, an artist with two children, who struggled with poverty, war, and the realities of daily life, yet still found beauty and comfort in her garden, and her art. From Inanna Publications, 2016.

About Joanna M. Weston

Born in England, she lives in British Columbia. She is married with three sons, Joanna has an MA from the University of British Columbia. She has published in numerous anthologies and in magazines in Canada, the US, UK, and New Zealand, such as Canadian Women's Studies, Convolvus, Endless Mountains Review, Grain, Green's Magazine, Prairie Fire, Spin, Wascana Review, CBC Gallery, and many more...
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