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Toad in the Hole
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An old favourite, still brilliant today

toad in the hole

Plain Flour75g
Eggs (Medium)2
Cooking oil

An old favourite (certainly from my childhood) and a real comfort food. Served with mash and beans, itís hard to beat. So easy to do and with the two egg batter mix, the "hole" part of the dish should rise spectacularly.
. . . Although no weighing scales are needed for this recipe, the weights and measures are given for your convenience.

This recipe should serve one adult and three hungry kids with a large portion of batter and three sausages each.

How to make it

Make sure all your toads are separated! Lay out on a nonstick, oven proof baking tray with a lip or roasting tin. Drizzle with a tiny bit of oil and put in a hot oven (Mk 7, 425F, 220C).
. . . Fill a standard sized mug about half full with plain flour. Put the flour, two eggs and a pinch of salt in a mixing bowl and mix till you have a gloopy paste. Fill about one third of a standard sized mug with milk and then top up with water so the mug half full. Add the water-milk to the bowl, a bit at a time while mixing, making sure the mix stays smooth. Cover the bowl with cling film or a plate and put it in the fridge while the sausages are half cooking.
. . . After the sausages have been cooking for about 10-15 minutes take them out of the oven and pour the hole mix (batter) over them evenly so that the whole base of the tray is covered. Put the tray of sausages and hole mix back in the oven and cook for a further 20-25 minutes or until the batter is golden coloured. Keep an eye on the batter, it should rise nicely and be golden brown, but not burnt.
. . . After the toad has been cooking in the hole for 15 minutes, put some baked beans on the stove and take the potatoes off the boil, drain and mash them with some butter and a splash of milk. Serve when the toad in the hole batter has risen and is golden.

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Cooking for guests
As a man, thereís something nice about cooking for appreciative guests. Perhaps itís because it gives you an excuse to show off; or maybe itís the chance of acting out a little theatre in the kitchen, or conceivably itís the fulfilling of that primordial hunter gather drive to provide sustenance.

Seared Ahi Tuna

Whatever it is, cooking someone a meal can be such a great pleasure for both you and the person you are cooking it for. Even better if you are able to cook while your guest or guests are actually with you so that you can get them involved in the food preparation, it certainly breaks the ice and is a good way to get the conversation going. Thereís also something about moving into a new place and cooking your first few proper meals, it really does make a place feel more like home.

Poached Salmon

Even if youíve never cooked before, you'll quickly discover that there really is nothing to it. The recipe instructions are simply written and illustrated to provide guidance at a glance when youíre in the thick of it. I have carefully chosen a few easy to master recipes that are big on results, you know, the sort of food you might expect to get in an expensive restaurant or hotel, but youíre going to be able to make it in a few minutes.

Eggs Benedict

Try Eggs Benedict one night when itís late and your guest fancies a snack, or perhaps for one of those late morning posh breakfasts with coffee and juice. Itís a very simple meal to make, but so rich and glorious, it will always cause a stir and stick in the memory for a long while. But then, why not try the Seared Tuna Ahi. Personally I never really liked fish, but then one day I tried seared Tuna Ahi steak and I was converted. Itís the most simple meal and to those watching you make it, appears as if you have conjured up a little slice of culinary heaven from thin air in about 10 minutes (this is a great meal to whip up on the barbeque just as easily).

Eggs Benedict

And if you have a good recipe of your own, why not send it in to us so that you can share it with all those other dads wanting to cook for grown ups.
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