♥ firstly, spicy pan-fried chickpeas with tuscan kale, along with roasted homegrown carrots (oh my goodness, they have such an amazing flavour!) and steamed broccoli. easy and delicious. i have come across this method of cooking tinned chickpeas on a few blogs, and so i improvised with the spices a little - smoked paprika, cumin and coriander, with onion and garlic softened in the pan in advance.
♥ fish stew a la jamie oliver - his aegean kakavia is so beautiful with any cheap white fish, and using sweet potato instead of regular! very tasty, fresh and yet gorgeous on a cold, wet, windy day.
♥ mostly eating's butternut squash and red lentil dahl is a beautiful thing to make loads of, and eat throughout the week as hot lunch, served with quick barley chapattis and some fresh cucumber tomato salad.
♥ buckwheat toad in the hole was a little experiment, created after a few weeks pondering on the possibility. needless to say it needs a little work, but the taste was really good! i'm thinking a little baking powder might give it the lift it needs, otherwise, there's a coconut popover recipe i might try out... the red cabbage and carrot swede mash were lovely with it though :)
toad in the hole is a peculiar English meal, but one that tastes phenomenal and is a great favorite in our house. i love to add wholegrain mustard into the batter to give it a bit of an extra kick! if you want a standard recipe, check out this classic one on the River Cottage community pages.
have you ever made toad-in-the-hole? what's your favorite traditional recipe?