Did you ever wonder why cheese on toast was called Welsh rarebit?


In the 18th century, rumour has it, that the English believed the Welsh liked cheese so much that during a difficult birth they would make some cheese on toast and put it between the mother’s legs. Then the baby would smell the cheese and come straight out for a nibble.

It was also known as Welsh rabbit. Rabbit was slang for baby and midwives were sometimes referred to as rabbit-catchers.

Quite why they thought the Welsh in particular liked cheese so much I have no idea. I kind of like the idea that someone just made it up in the pub one day and everyone nodded drunkenly and went ‘Yeah, that’s reasonable’.

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