A British Favourite!

After a pretty miserable day yesterday, I make no apologies for the classic Toad in the Hole.

There is something very underrated about British (particularly English) food but done well can be as good as any other country’s. Still on a health kick, I used low fat sausages. I know, wierdo. But with onion gravy, it’s still pretty good. In fact, everything is good with onion gravy.

Thankyou Delia for the mixture, but I tweaked it a bit to suit.

  • 85g flour
  • 60ml whole milk
  • 1 egg
  • 50ml water
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Tbsp chopped rosemary

Cook the sausages (2 or 3 each). Heat the oven to 230°C (Gas 9). When at temperature place a smallish roasting tin in there with a Tbsp or two of oil so it gets very hot. You could cook the sausages in the roasting pan of course, instead of adding oil, but as mentioned above these were pretty fat free….sigh.

Whilst heating, mix the batter as per the ingredients above.

When hot and nearly smoking, carefully put the sausages in followed by the batter immediately after. Leave in the oven for 30 mins or until risen in the middle and well coloured.

Cover with onion gravy, add your veg of choice and tuck in. With mustard.

Thai Style Salad with Salmon

I love Thai food. Though not totally authentic, nor exact, the results were pretty good. And healthy.

Serves 2 with plenty left for lunch tomorrow!

For the salmon

  • 2 salmon fillets
  • 1 Tbsp oil for frying
  • Salt and pepper

For the salad:

  • 300g cooked and cooled rice noodles
  • Half a courgette, halved again and sliced thinly
  • Two handfuls of bean sprouts
  • Half a green pepper thinly sliced
  • Small carrot, grated
  • 1 large red chilli, thinly sliced (sweet and not too hot)
  • 1-2 Tbsp chopped coriander
  • 1-2 Tbsp chopped basil leaves

For the dressing (but tweak to taste):

  • Tbsp Vegetable oil (or similar)
  • Juice of one lime
  • Tbsp brown sugar (or palm sugar if you can get it)
  • Thumb sized piece of ginger finely sliced or grated
  • Two garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp fish sauce (be brave)
  • Half a medium red onion, very thinly sliced.
  • 1/2 tsp of sesame oil if you have it.

Preheat the oven to 190°C (Gas 5). Season with salt and pepper then fry the salmon for a few minutes, skin side down in a very hot oven proof frying pan. Turn to colour all sides and put in the oven, skin side down for about 10-15 mins (use a probe if you have one – 60°c is about right to just cook through).

Then, put all the dressing ingredients into a bowl or shaker bottle and stir/shake to dissolve the sugar. Leave to rest. Taste it and adjust as you see fit, it should be a nice ‘balance’.

Prepare, wash and shake dry the salad ingredients using a colander and put in a large bowl. Combine with your hands or salad tongs.

Remove the salmon from the oven, remove the skin, flake onto plate and leave to cool down but still warm. (Perfect time to start cleaning up!)

Add the salmon to the salad, pour over the dressing and combine again.

Serve in bowls with a handful of crushed peanuts or cashews.

 

 

Finally…..

Rather than just talk about it, I’ve setup a food blog.

This is a blog about food, not me. Not just photo after photo of uninspiring mid-week dinners taken on my phone camera. Although admittedly, there will be moments….EDIT: OK quite a few, this is quite addictive….

I’ll be picking through articles that interest and posting dishes that I have made or enjoyed.

Please visit often and lets get this thing started!