I feel so full.
We have just had toad in the hole for tea with mini roasties, mash, carrots, broccoli and gravy. It was gorgeous and the kids both cleared their plates (which doesn’t happen often believe me). In our pre-frugal days we would have just ordered a take away on a Saturday night and I can honestly say that we all enjoyed our tea tonight more than any take away.
To make the mini roasties, I chop up some potatoes into small chucks and par boil them for about five minutes. Then I drain them and put them back in the empty pan, I season them and then drizzle them with a healthy amount of olive oil before putting them over the heat again and shaking the pan to bash the potatoes about a bit. I saw this on a TV show (maybe with Jamie or Gordon) and apparently it makes the outside of the potato rough which is the secret to crispy roasties. Then I put them into a baking tray and cook in a hot oven until they look done.
For the toad in the home, I chopped some sausages into thirds (I managed to get some good quality ones reduced to 50p at Tescos) and put them into my Yorkshire pudding tin. I cooked them on a high temperature for about 5 minutes and then poured my Yorkshire pudding batter over them. I use the recipe from here. I put the puddings back in the oven until they have risen and look golden brown. Sorry for the vague recipe but it really is easy and I am sure most of you have made these before.
Mine went from this….
Yorkshire puddings are so cheap and filling that we eat them at least once a week. I have started buying big bags of frozen veggies as well so I can do a ‘proper’ family dinner at short notice. I do prefer fresh veg but frozen veg keeps longer, is cheaper and is easier to prepare. I am sure it has the same nutritional value although please feel free to correct me if I am wrong.