Recipe for Disaster ...

Why’s his wife’s book club at a friend’s home tonight? Because they can sniff, swirl, squint, sip, swallow and chat ... Dad is Home Schooling in the kitchen tonight! And there’s three hungry, masked boys, napkins tucked into t-shirts, elbows on the table, in the hands-up-position, knives and forks pointing to the ceiling. (Where’s Ouma and her wooden ladle when you need her?) “We are hungry! What’s for dinner?” Unfettered he replies: “Toad in a Hole.” At the chorus of their “Whaaaaat’s that?” he dresses up and opens the cupboard for the first ingredient.

To make Toad in a Hole you’ll need:

2 tsp Chopped Rosemary or Thyme (your choice)

4 Spring Onions, finely chopped

½ Pint Milk

1 Large Egg

110g Plain Flour

8 Pork Sausages

4 tsp Vegetable Oil

4 tsp heaped with Bisto Gravy Powder

A Pinch Salt and freshly ground Black Pepper



  1. Preheat the oven to 220°C.
  2. A teaspoonful of vegetable oil and 2 sausages into each of 4 individual metal baking dishes. Bake for 6 - 7 minutes while making the batter.
  3. Combine the flour, egg and milk into a large mixing bowl, add a pinch of salt and beat with a whisk to make a smooth batter. Add the spring onions and Rosemary or Thyme.
  4. Ladle the batter into the piping-hot baking tins. For best results return them to the oven as quick as possible. Bake for 22-25 minutes, until the batter is puffed-up and golden brown.
  5. The gravy: sprinkle the Bisto Gravy Powder into a jug, add 280ml boiling water, stir until thick and smooth.
  6. Ta Da! Toad in a ... What’s happened to the boys?