A Brief History of Welsh Rarebit

Welsh rarebit is a simple but very popular dish of toasted bread covered in a cheese sauce or melted cheese, mixed with mustard, spices or ale, and has been popular since the 1500s under the name of ‘caws pobi’, which is Welsh for toasted cheese. I love rarebit! Be sure to check out my easy Welsh Rarebit recipe too:

Cardiff Summer Menu 2019 Rarebit
Welsh rarebit on homemade bread and served with a rhubarb compote. Photograph was taken for Thomas Restaurant at Future Inn Cardiff’s summer 2019 Taste of Wales Menu

Beaches 30 minutes from Cardiff

There are so many beaches only 30 minutes from Cardiff. I have taken some artistic licence, your travel time will depend on which side of the city you are travelling from, and of course the time of day you are driving. It may also take longer on public transport. If you are coming from North Cardiff it will be quicker to go west to areas such as Bridgend and Porthcawl. And from East of the city, it will be quicker to get to Penarth, Barry and Llantwit Major.

From the sandy beach at Rest Bay in Porthcawl, you can walk or cycle along the Coastal Path

National Trust: Tredegar House

Last Sunday, to get some fresh air, and a change of scenery – trying to blow away all thoughts of the Coronavirus, even if just for an hour or two – I headed to the 17th Century mansion, Tredegar House in Newport. It is a short drive from Cardiff and is a Grade I listed building is managed by the National Trust.

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Weird and Wonderful Welsh Christmas Traditions

I love listening to how everyone celebrates Christmas, and am always interested in how different their traditions are. We all do Christmas in our own way, from spending with family and friends to taking a tropical holiday, cooking and baking and gift exchanges. I also love how ancient Christmas traditions, some that date back centuries, are still entwined in our modern celebrations. In the spirit of the season, here are some of the weird and wonderful ways the people of Wales have enjoyed spending their Christmases over the years.

Christmas Tree Cardiff Castle
The Christmas tree and lights at Cardiff Castle