The next WRC2 rally is one of the oldest and it’s based in Wales, Great Britain. Wales is famous for its unpredictable weather, and also for confusing recipe names. Let’s take a closer look at a few typically Welsh meals so you know what to order when you’re visiting, whether as a driver or spectator.
Almost all of the traditional Welsh recipes were made by hardworking, stoic people who lived off the land. They used quality ingredients to make simple dishes that would fuel their demanding lifestyle. Many of the meals are very nutritious and worth trying if you want to stay in shape and maintain race weight.
If you’re looking to try some rabbit meat then Welsh Rabbit, surprisingly, is not the right meal for you. There’s no rabbit in it! Welsh Rabbit, also called Welsh Rarebit, is actually baked cheese on toast. Don’t be fooled by its simple looks, though, it’s a real delicacy, made with quality welsh Cheddar, eggs, local beer, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, and Cayenne pepper. It’s full of protein and healthy fats so don’t hesitate to give it a try as a nice warm dinner.
Careful what you’re ordering, because there’s no bread in Laverbread! Laverbread, bara lawr in Welsh, is a puree made from an edible seaweed called Laver. It’s really nutritious, rich in protein and full of minerals such as iodine and iron. The high iodine content gives Laver a distinctive flavour, similar to olives and oysters. It’s a popular part of the Welsh miner’s breakfast, along with bacon and eggs, so if you want to start your day strong, give it a try!
If you’re expecting another twist you won’t be disappointed – because there’s no meat in these sausages! Glamorgan sausages are vegetarian, made from cheese, leeks, and breadcrumbs, all fried until golden. These sausages, known in Welsh as Selsig Morgannwg, were especially popular in the post-war years when meat was scarce, but although they’re tasty they don’t have much to offer in terms of nutrition. If you’re after meat, you should try the Welsh Cawl instead.
Cawl is a traditional Welsh soup, so there’s no misleading name this time. It’s a stew whose main ingredients are lamb and leeks. It’s usually very rich, full of potatoes, carrots, and other seasonal veggies. The recipe varies from region to region, but it’s usually served with bread and local cheese. If you want some good protein, lots of veggies, and a lot of energy in one healthy meal, you can’t go wrong with Welsh Cawl.
If you want to try something sweet, then traditional Welshcakes are definitely the thing for you. They are made from flour, butter, currants, eggs and milk, and they are delicious! They come in many flavours and can be served hot or cold – but remember, if you’re trying to eat properly and maintain a healthy weight, this is not the food for you.
Bara brith means speckled bread in Welsh and, for once, that’s exactly what it is. It’s a bread made from self-rising flour, flavoured with traditional brewer’s tea, raisins, dried currants, and a mix of cloves, nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon. It’s served at tea timewith butter spread on top. It’s a tasty treat to go with a cup of tea but don’t mistake it for a healthy breakfast!