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This week is sides…

I realised yesterday that apart from the fact that I haven’t been shopping this week, I also have a freezer full of food that should probably be eaten before we head of to Peru. I examined the goods, and none of it fits into the recipes I have left to cook. So not to be defeated, I realised I could work my way through the vegetables and salad recipes – genius!


Now apart from my challenge, my other new cooking passion is home made sausages (see video page for the first attempt!) So the perfect winter warmer for our first frosty morning in Oz was Toad-in-the-Hole, made with home made duck and pistachio sausages (the best yet!!!).  For my Australian readers, toad-in-the-hole does not involve bread and egg, as someone once suggested, but sausages cooked in a Yorkshire Pudding. Now I know I probably have to explain that to, but why bother when wikipedia does it for you! So if you don’t know what it is click here for the definition of Yorkshire Pudding and here for a link to Toad-in-the-Hole. If you check the link to the Toad-in-the-Hole you will notice that it is traditionally cooked in one large tray, but my family are Yorkshire Pudding addicts so I have perfected my recipe so that the ratio of crispy Yorkshire Pudding to sausage is perfect (the crispy bit is the best bit!).

Dinner is served...

So if you come to dinner at mine you get individual Yorkshire Puddings with half a sausage in the middle of each, with a sprig of rosemary (suggested by Jamie in Happy Days).

To get back to the point of this blog, the side tonight was parmesan and truffle oil mash, which doesn’t really need a recipe but it’s something else to tick off the list, and something I wouldn’t normally do. I think other options for the rest of the week will be a salad and an asparagus dish, with fish on Friday as seems to be the new tradition!

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