I'm a great fan of traditional British food. It's good stuff, usually pretty economical. The ingredients are easily available. It carries me back to childhood. And so many dishes have such wonderful names!
Bubble and squeak. Spotted dick. Star gazey pie. Roly poly pudd'n. And toad in the hole.
As a name Toad in the Hole does not sound very appetising. Who would want to eat a warty amphibian? All true Brits know that it is a delicious combination of sausages and batter!
Until very recently I hadn't cooked it for many years but it's had a renaissance here at Frugal Follies. I've given it a bit of a twist in that I've started to put vegetables in as well as sausages. Hence it is now toad and tadpoles.
This recipe serves one very greedy person.
40g plain flour
Beat these three together to create a batter then leave it in the fridge for an hour.
Heat the oven to 190C, Gas mark 5. Put a glug of oil in a small ovenproof dish and heat in the oven.
Put two cooked sausages and a selection of vegetables into the hot oil. So far I have tried onions, broccoli, carrots, green beans, peppers, and all have been good. Pour the batter over and return dish to oven. Cook for about twenty minutes and don't open the oven door for at least fifteen minutes.
Serve with gravy