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When I was a child, there were foods I wanted to try just because they had a freaky name. Growing up with an English father and Irish mother helped because the English love an eccentric name (Spotted Dick anyone? ). One of them was Toad In The Hole.
I loved the book The Wind in the Willows and I had always imagined that this dish was linked to Mr Toad from Toad Hall and that by eating it I’d be transported to Toad Hall to hang out with Mr Toad.
The Toads are sausages and they poke out from pastry which is like a giant Yorkshire Pudding, the Hole. Today it is still a favourite of mine and one I have passed on to my Greek niece only we gave it a bit of a Mediterranean feel by adding basil, Italian sausages and baby vine ripened tomatoes. Traditionally it’s made using pork sausages and rosemary.
My husband loves it and and devours it each and every time I produce it. The session ends with him patting his stomach after seconds and I’m reminded that I am in the presence of my own lovable rogue, my very own Mr Toad.


Posted by rachkap, 2nd April 2014


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  • that is great that you love your hubby and he loves his food!

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  • haha thanks for sharing your story. that sounds really nice. maybe post the recipe? give away your secret? lol

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  • top story

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  • Love the meditreanean feel you’ve added. Yum!

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  • Toad in the hole is delicious!

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  • I’ve never tried this dish, it sounds nice

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  • it has been years since anyone mentioned toad in the hole! ohhhh thats some memories there

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  • I’d love to get your recipe for “Toad in the Hole”, because no matter how many times I try, I still can’t get it right. My MIL used to be the World’s Best Toad-in-the-Hole cook, but not me. My efforts are so bad even the dog won’t eat them.

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  • That’s a lovely little story.

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  • So you did get to live out your childhood memories and hang out with Mr Toad after all :) I loved the cartoon series of the Wind in The Willows. I had the book and my son does too. The constant battles with the Weasels and the wise old Mr Badger was always entertaining. Very fond memories for me also.

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  • OOOh Toad in the Hole – oh how I miss that calorie laden treat (and England).

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  • Thanks for this, I really enjoyed reading it.

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  • I often associate comfort food to dishes I loved as a child! Bangers & mash been a favourite of mine!

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  • it’s always great when you can pass on a bit of your child hood and food is a great way

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  • Yum!! And Your Twist To It Sounds Good!! Enjoy Your Mister Toad

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