Toad in the Hole

You will need the permission and assistance from an adult
before you begin. Stoves are hot and kitchens can be dangerous


2 medium or large free range eggs

125g plain flour

150ml milk

150ml water

4 tablespoons sunflower oil

6 good sausages (vegetarian sausages work well)

Pre heat the oven to 175C - gas mark 6

Begin by pouring the oil into an oven dish measuring about 30 x 20cm. Place the sausages in the oil and get an adult to put the oven dish into the oven. Cook for 20 minutes, or until the sausages are cooked through and nicely browned.

While the sausages are cooking make the batter.  Place the eggs, milk and water in a jug, give it a bit of a mix.  Place 125g plain flour in a bowl and add a little of the milk mixture, just a dollop, stir well until there are no lumps, slowly add the rest of the liquid then set aside while the sausages are cooking.


An adult should remove the now VERY HOT oven dish from the oven. The adult should carefully pour the batter around  the now cooked sausages. Children should stay well back while this happens as everything is very hot and the batter may sizzle and spit hot fat. Turn the oven temperature up to 200C, gas mark 7. Return the oven dish to the oven, taking care not to spill. Bake for 25 minutes or until the batter is well risen and browned. 

2 tablespoons oil
1 large onion, thinly sliced
1 rounded teaspoon plain flour
2 tablespoons oil
250ml stock made with a stock cube 
(or see How to Make Stock)
Half a teaspoon soy sauce 

An adult needs to slice the onions very thinly. Children should be closely supervised in the kitchen. Add 2 tablespoons oil to the pan and place over a medium heat. Add the sliced onion and saute (fry) slowly until the onion slices look all see through-y and place. Remove from the heat and tip the cooked onion rings into a small bowl.   

Add another 2 tablespoons oil to the pan along with a rounded tablespoon of plain flour.  Use a wooden spoon (or a whisk) to stir the flour and oil as it bubbles away and cooks. Carefully add 250ml stock stirring constantly. Add 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce and stir as the mixture thickens. When it has cooked and looks like gravy use a spoon to taste.. remember it will be hot so take care! Taste the gravy and you may find you need to add a little more soy sauce.  

You could also add a small handful of fresh chopped parsley or half a tsp of mixed herbs. When you are happy with the flavour of your gravy remove from the heat.  By now your Toad in the Hole should be ready to come out of the oven, the batter should be puffy and golden brown and crisp on the outside. An adult should remove the oven dish from the heat, set aside for a few minutes then serve with plenty of fresh cooked vegetables and gravy.

Goblins Fingers

 Rustle up a plate of Goblins fingers for a halloween treat. They are crunchy and tasty cheese straws  

and pretty yucky to look at! In other words perfect halloween biscuits. You will need help and 
assistance from an adult.