At Christmas we see Christians thronging meat shops with money saved through the year for their annual Christmas feast. I once witnessed a family buying such a variety of meat at one go that I kept speaking about it for days, much to the amused exasperation of my family! Sausages are particularly popular during this season. They are usually only fried, but I wanted to try something different that people can serve when they celebrate with guests or family.
Toad in the Hole is famous as the English pub food. I’ve been a member of the British Council Library in Chennai for more than 45 years and have come across this dish many times both in the recipe books as well as novels. After going through several recipes I learnt that the Yorkshire Pudding Batter is used in the preparation of this dish. I found that Nigella Lawson’s recipe to be much more practical than others but I had to add pepper and the dried herbs to add a dash of flavour to suit the Indian palate while taking care to avoid an Indian flavour which would change the character of the dish. I have also changed the amount of flour used to suit the Indian kitchen where cup measures are more likely to be available than kitchen scales.