Ever since purchasing Pippa Middleton's book, Celebrate, I've been anxious to make Toad-in-the-Hole with Onion Gravy, and it finally happened for last night's high tea/supper meal.
Due to a snow storm in our area, I didn't venture out to the meat market or grocery store. Instead I made do with what I had on hand, using parts of Pippa's recipe, and parts of Jane Garmey's recipe in Great British Cooking.
The only sausage I had in the freezer was Johnsonville's Italian Sausage from my hubby's leftover football tailgate stash. It worked okay, but next time I'll use the called for pork breakfast sausages instead. Even though I've visited England twice, I've never eaten Toad-in-the-Hole or seen it prepared, so fixing this dish was a bit like shooting in the dark. To all of my readers across the pond, humble apologies if this is a poor resemblance of Toad-in-the Hole. It was a fun, simple dish, the kind that "downstairs" residents at Downton Abbey probably would have eaten! ;-) I think it could easily be adapted to individual savories at an informal afternoon tea if made in individual ramekins. I just might try it that way next time!
It seemed like the perfect time to initiate my newly acquired Johnson Brothers Old Britain Castles dishes. We loved the Yorkshire Pudding and Onion Gravy, and I will definitely make this dish again using the proper sausage. A cup of hearty English Breakfast tea was the perfect accompaniment!
When my children were home, suppertime was usually when we'd talk about their activities. They're grown and gone now, but I've decided to share some of our February family activities with you, over this high tea/suppertime post.
Brooke is my ten year old granddaughter. She attends Washington Elementary School, where she's in the fifth grade. Every year they have a school-wide art contest in honor of George Washington's birthday. This year Brooke's art work took first place. She was recognized at a school assembly, and given a $50 gift certificate.
Below is her art project of George Washington. She definitely doesn't get her artistic abilities from her Nana!
Around the same time Brooke was busy with her art project, our other granddaughter, Isabella, who is seven years old and in the 2nd grade, was busy preparing an animal project that she and her classmates presented to their parents. Izzy's animal was the Zebra, and below is her project.
Izzy sharing Zebra information with another classmate.
And, of course, baby sister, Ellie, came to see Izzy's presentation wearing her cute Zebra outfit to show support! ;-)
Lastly, our youngest son, Jeremy [Izzy's and Ellie's daddy], participated in "Polar Plunge 2013" on Feb. 23rd at U of M's stadium in Ann Arbor. He, along with 300 others, took a plunge into an outdoor pool of icy water, on a 32-degree day, to raise money for Special Olympics Michigan. Brr! Jeremy is a high school Athletic Director and Assistant Principal.
While Jeremy was taking the plunge, I was comfy and warm at a matinee showing of Safe Haven with my daughter and two older granddaughters. It's a "must see" suspenseful, romance film based on Nicholas Sparks' novel of the same name. I needed a cup of tea afterwards to calm my nerves! ;-)
[Internet Photo of Safe Haven's leading characters.]
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