â€œHeâ€™ll be late,â€ said the girl to her friend as they teetered down the Bowery in front of us on Saturday night. â€œHe always is.Â I mean, seriously, how many $1000 dollar watches has this guy lost?â€
Well it made us wonder. Youâ€™d think losing just the one $1000 watch would be one too many.
â€œIf heâ€™d only lost one,â€ said Jon with razor sharp logic, â€œshe would have said something like â€œhe lost a $1000 watch, you know,â€ not â€œhow many $1000 watches has that guy lost?â€
I agreed; “that certainly implies more than one. Actually, I think it implies more than two, or sheâ€™d say he lost two! Count em, TWO $1000 watches.”
“Exactly”, said Jon. “It might imply THREE plus at least! I think you have to lose more than three to get the reputation of being That Guy Who Loses $1000 Watches Unspecified Number.â€
It was a good point, well made.
But no amount of $1000 watches will get you up on time in the morning if you forget that the clocks changed, as I have on more than one occasion, suspended between British time change conventions, backed up by my British date planner, but expected to be at my American job on time a week earlier.
Thank you, Spring Forward.
Welsh Rarebit is basically a fancy cheese on toast, a very British version of the French classic, Croque Monsieur. Itâ€™s exactly the kind of easy to make comforting food that I crave we are plunged back into darkness in the evenings.
If youâ€™re gearing up for St Patrickâ€™s you can make this with Guinness. Iâ€™m not sure how culturally appropriate that is, but it certainly tastes good2 slices of bread A cup and a half of grated cheddar (something sharp) 1.2 stick (about 60g) butter 2 tbsp flour Â½ cup dark ale Worcestershire sauce Â
- Put the butter and flour in a small pan and heat for a few minutes until the butter has melted and the flour has had a chance to cook out.
- Add the ale and cheese and cook over a low heat until the cheese melts into a lumpy sauce
- Toast the bread and preheat the grill (broiler)
- Pour the cheese sauce mixture over the toast and grill / broil to brown the top
- Sprinkle with a few drops of Worcestershire sauce
If You Can Make That You Can Make This
- Add a tsp of mustard to the mixture for a kick
- Or a tsp of cayenne pepper
- Or try making Croque Monsieur