Collier’s to drive away the January blues on National Welsh Rarebit Day
COLLIER’S Powerful Welsh Cheddar has labelled Monday January 21st 2013 – widely accepted to be the most depressing day of the year – as “National Welsh Rarebit Day” and is urging everyone to lift their spirits by tucking into one of the fastest and most satisfying comfort foods there is – a Welsh Rarebit. The third Monday in January is thought to be the most depressing day of the year due to a combination of bad weather, unpaid Christmas bills, short daylight hours and broken resolutions. To lift the gloom and celebrate Welsh Rarebit Day, Collier’s has challenged the appropriately named Welsh Rarebit Mini Club from North Wales to take on the “The Collier’s Job” – a North to South Wales dash to deliver a consignment of Collier’s from its home at Llandrynog Creamery in Denbighshire to Cardiff in time for The Welsh Rarebit lunch being held at the Wales Millennium Centre. Can a fleet of classic Minis, in the Collier’s colours of black and red, complete the mission to safely deliver the consignment of Collier’s in time for The Welsh Rarebit lunch cooked by the Centre’s head chef Kurt Fleming? “January can be a depressing month for many but feel good food offers welcome consolation,” says Kurt. “There is nothing better than Welsh Rarebit – the ultimate comfort food that satisfies the senses. “It only takes a few minutes to make and it really is the perfect snack food – quick, tasty and nutritious. I make mine with Collier’s Powerful Welsh Cheddar, the freshest crusty bread, some Tomos Watkin ale, Double Dragon Welsh Mustard and Worcestershire sauce. I guarantee it will make you feel better after the first bite. “We are now serving it in the Wales Millennium Centre’s ffresh restaurant and think it will be a popular lunchtime choice with our customers.” “Blue Monday” has evolved from an idea originally conceived by psychologist Cliff Arnall, formerly of Cardiff University, who created a mathematical formula to identify a number of the elements contributing to a general feeling of mid winter blues. National Welsh Rarebit Day is a lighthearted attempt to brighten a drab day and have a bit of fun, while having something delicious to eat. Follow The Collier’s Job’s progress on National Welsh Rarebit Day at www.collierscheese.com Here is Kurt’s recipe for Classic Collier’s Welsh Rarebit: 50g plain flour 50g Collier’s Welsh Valleys butter 250g Collier’s Powerful Welsh Cheddar 250ml of Welsh ale, such as Tomos Watkin or Brains 2 tsp Double Dragon Welsh mustard 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce 4 slices of thickly cut fresh white bread freshly ground black pepper Method In a small saucepan melt the butter and add the flour to make a roux, stirring all the while. Cook for a couple of minutes, then add the warmed beer by degrees, until you have a smooth but thick sauce. Add the grated Collier’s and stir until melted. You should now have a thick paste. Add the mustard, Worcestershire sauce and season with black pepper. Lightly toast then butter the bread, then pile up the cheesy mixture on each slice. Cook under a hot grill until brown and bubbling.