Friday, March 03, 2006


Last night, at Nick's suggestion, I made Toad in the Hole for tea.

It was delicious. The Yorkshire pudding was crispy, golden and soft inside, and the sausages were lovely and brown. It seems as though, in the current phase of cosmopolitan cooking, old fashioned English dishes are being side-lined, and I think this is a shame.

I am drawn into it as much as the next person. Our stock meals (the meals you don't have to think about) include fajitas, pasta and pesto, chicken tajines, stir fries, spag bog, chilli con carne, curries etc etc. There's hardly a traditional British dish amongst the lot!

So, in case you too feel a bought of nostalgia coming on, here's the recipe:

In a small roasting tin put a good slosh of vegetable oil and spread out your sausages. Use 6.

Put the tin in the oven for 10 mins at 220 degrees to brown the sausages and heat the oil.

Meanwhile, sift 125g plain flour and a pinch salt into a bowl

Make a well in the centre and break in an egg. Pour in 1/4 pint of milk. Beat together, slowly incorporating the flour into the central well. I use an electric whisk.

Add another 1/4 pint of milk and beat til smooth.

Take out the tin of oil and sausages and pour in the batter.

Put back and cook for 40/45 mins until the Yorkshire pudding has risen nicely and is golden brown.

Very simple and perfect comfort food for chilly nights.


Blogger Tim said...

whoah.... freaky. I had Toad in the hole last nite, too. Only mine came from a packet...

8:36 PM  
Blogger Christian Briddon said...

Traditional English food is fantastic, especially on a winter evening.

Toad in the Hole is a personal favourite.

We have a similar list of stock meals but Victoria is often inserting a meal reletive to the weather, such as Stew and Dumplings on a cold winter night. :-)

Makes me feel warm just thinking about it.

12:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dumplings? bleugh.

12:27 PM  

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