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Toad in the Hole

So it’s finally a little cooler outside.  The dogs strained at their leashes, “Mom, we want to walk more, ” for the first time since May.  That means I can use the oven, and not worry about heating up the entire house.  That means it’s time to bake, something, or maybe several somethings.

This is a pretty standard Scottish recipe;  it’s a good example of using what you have on hand.  The recipe asked for a deep baking dish; I have an oven-safe cast iron pan, and it’s one less dish to wash.  The recipe also asked for pork links;  I had the flat kind.  And, they asked for fresh parsley.  Nope, didn’t have that either;  dry parsley flakes are fine.

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And then there are days you just don’t want to cook:  you wake up too early, and there are too many early morning phone calls, some of them even from people not related to you. That’s when it’s time for some comfort food.  (So, of course, it involves bacon.)

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Fish and Chips

So, if you’re looking to make someone from the U.K. drool, this is the recipe.  (No, I wouldn’t be looking to do that, not me.) 

Anyway, I know I said this was cheap:  one of the ingredients in this, is distinctly not cheap.  It makes all the difference in how well the entire recipe works, though.  That ingredient, is Bard’s Ale.  It’s beer.  Dark gluten-free beer.  Gluten-free beer that is really good.

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Lots of things in life that should work, don’t–like that guy who just stopped calling after a month and half, and disappeared like some WWII British spy.  This, on the other hand, shouldn’t work, but it does.

Ingredients:

2 cups brown rice baking mix (I used Fearn’s.  Mixes are often cheaper.)

1 cup water

tomato sauce, either from a jar or a can

pizza toppings like parmesan cheese, mushrooms and olives

Books on WWII codebreaking, for style.

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