Mary Poppins is a magical English Nanny who happens to travel on the East Wind. She first appeared in print in 1934. Over the next 54 years Mary would appear in eight different books, beginning with the original Mary Poppins story and ending in 1988 with Mary Poppins and the House Next Door.
Her adventures include a 1975 publication, Mary Poppins in the Kitchen. Once again, Mary comes to the rescue of the Banks family when their cook goes on an unexpected leave. Mary teaches the young Banks children the basics of cooking and some of her recipes are woven into the pages of the book. Since today is National Welsh Rarebit Day, I thought sharing Mary’s recipe for Welsh Rarebit would be fun.
Mary Poppins Welsh Rarebit
1 teaspoon Butter
1/2 lb Cheddar Cheese, grated
1/4 teaspoon Kosher Salt
1/4 teaspoon Dry Mustard
1/2 cup Beer
1 Egg, lightly beaten
6 slices Toast
Chives, if desired
Melt the butter over gentle heat. Add the cheese and seasonings. Heat gently until cheese is melted. Stir in the beer and beaten egg. Heat thoroughly. Keep cheese warm.
Toast 6 slices of bread either in a toaster or under the broiler. Butter toast, place on individual plate. Spread cheese on hot buttery toast and serve immediately.
Note: The original recipe does not include Chives, yet this herb gives the toast an added splash of color. Simply snip chives and sprinkle over toast just before serving.