Friday, 16 October 2009

A whole load of toad...

My sister says you should never look around a place without looking up. So when she comes to visit me in the village she walks with her head up in the air looking at the tops of the houses and shops. And it's like being in a whole other world.

Today I drove into town to meet the other half for some lunch. I tried to park at work but the car park was brimming with cars. So I drove down to the side of the river and parked there. I scuttled into town as I was running late.

But on the way back I had all the time in the world and I looked up....and down...and stopped to look around me. Truro is an amazing city. So much more than a quick visit to the cathedral and a luke warm pasty. I strolled around the shops, wandered through the alleys and generally just enjoyed the autumn sunshine.....

Everything looks pretty...even the road signs..

These mushrooms look like they should be in some kind of fairytale.

But they didn't smell so good....the flies seemed to like them. The autumn sunshine gave me a craving for something hearty and substantial. When I got home the fridge was looking sparse. The leftovers of the last veg box were patiently waiting in a glass bowl....dusty carrots and two corn on the cobs the colour of buttermilk. So I decided to make a roasted carrot toad in the hole....

Toad in the hole....(serves 2: one boy and one girl!)
5 sausages (big, chunky butchers ones)
4 carrots
2oz self raising flour
1 egg
1 extra egg yolk
1/2 pint milk
salt and pepper
Preheat the oven to 200'c. Peel and slice the carrots into batons. Put the carrots and the sausages in a roasting tray and pop in the oven for 20 minutes.
In a bowl put the flour, egg, yolk, milk and seasoning. Mix heartily! Pour into the roasting tin with the sausages and carrots. Roast in the oven for 20 mins of until it gets light and puffy! Serve with buttered sweetcorn.


  1. Another lovely post! Thankyou! I love your mix of story and landscape and recipe!

  2. I love toad in the hole! That one looks amazing. I've never heard of putting carrots in it but roasted carrots are yummy so I might just have to give it a try.
    And what amazing mushrooms you have down your way!