Buck Rarebit

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dorsetdave

Buck Rarebit

I am 70yrs old and have always known Buck Rarebit as Cheese on Toast with an egg on top. My local cafe serves Welsh Rarebit (i.e. no egg) but when I ask for a Buck Rarebit nearly all the staff dont know what I mean.They just say its Welsh Rarebit and I need to ask for an egg with it. I have been trying to 'educate' them but now the manager tells me the term Buck Rarebit isnt used anymore. I would be interested to hear what others have to say. I even see that Delia herself has a recipe for Welsh Rarebit with Egg and doesnt call it Buck Rarebit. I come from the West Country and my wife comes from Birmingham and we have both always known Buck Rarebit as Welsh Rarebit with an egg on top. Is there some new EU directive to stop us using this term !?!?!?

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buck rarebit

I don't think the name has been expunged for PC reasons, I think it is simply that the dish has fallen out of popularity and the name doesn't mean anything to most people.

No doubt a 'celebrity' chef will get hold of the idea and turn it into the next big thing some time in the future, but until then you'll just have to live with everyone's ignorance!

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Darkginger

Welsh Rarebit

I'd go so far as to say that Welsh Rarebit is not just cheese on toast - it's a mixture of melted cheese and ale, plus maybe some other ingredients, on toast. I recognise the term Buck Rarebit as the above plus a poached egg.

Try asking for Angels on Horseback, or Devils on Horseback - more apparently 'archaic' terms for supper/savoury dishes.

Perhaps these dishes are less fashionable now because we no longer have the Grand British Breakfast, the Proper High Tea, nor A Real Supper - we're down to breakfast, lunch and dinner, more's the pity!

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Expat Badger

buck rarebit

i had never heard of it before either - so your cafe staff are not alone!

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JaneMR

Buck Rarebit

I hadn't heard of it either, but Google it and there are 22,800 results!!

I shall add it to my "Light supper" repertoire.

Thank you Dorsetdave.

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Welshcookie

Buck rarebit

Now I haven't tried Googling Buck Rabbit, but do you suppose all those results are about a poached egg on top of a Welsh Rarebit?

 
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