When I was a little girl I had no dogs or cats because my parents where not into the idea, but I did have a different kind of pet..........
Toads, I had tons of them....Thadeous, Thomas, Mr. Toad, and many more. I spent a lot of my free time as a kid making terrariums for my little pets.
I have no desire to have an amphibeous pet these days, but I do have fond memories of my former friends. In their honor I am sharing the recipe for one of my favorite British dishes (don't worry it doesn't have an actual toad in it).
Toad in the Hole from Tea and Sympathy
8 pork or turkey sausages (pork is traditional, turkey is quasi-healthy)
3 to 4 tbsp vegetable oil
2 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups milk
a few rosemary leaves, optional
Preheat the oven to 375. In a blender prepare the batter (it's the same batter as you would use to make Yorkshire Pudding). Measure out the flour and salt and add the eggs and milk. Mix everything up very well in the blender and fold in the rosemary leaves if you are using them. Set the batter in the blender aside in the fridge (you want to chill it for about an hour)
15 minutes before the batter is done chilling pour the vegetable oil into the baking dish, making sure to coat the dish well. Add the sausages and turn them to coat in the oil. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes. Take the pan out of the oven and pour in the batter (using the blender makes this step easy as you can just pour it in using the blenders spout.) Put the pan bake in the oven and cook 30 to 40 minutes until puffed and crispy.