My Nan’s Bread & Butter Pudding – Recipe

Talk about a comfort food!  This is a perfect pudding to make and enjoy, whilst waiting for Spring to turn up.  I know, I know – it’s officially Spring already, but it’s still chilly out there!

This recipe takes about 15 minutes to make, and then a further 45 minutes to “bake”.  I asked for the help of Gning with this one…

Ingredients

100g sugar

3-4 tsp sweet mixed spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.)

4 eggs

1l milk (whole / full fat works best)

A few handfuls of sultanas

8 rounds of bread (approximately…  You may need more, depending on the size of the ovenproof dish you use)

Butter – to grease the ovenproof dish

Method

  • Preheat your oven to 190ºC (170ºC for fan assisted ovens).
  • Grease your ovenproof dish with butter.
  • Measure out your sugar, and combine the sweet mixed spice, stirring thoroughly.  I assigned this task to Gning.
  • Measure out your milk, and crack the eggs straight in to it.  Use a whisk to combine it…  This was another task assigned to Gning.

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  • (Optional) cut all the crusts off the bread.
  • Butter one side of each round of bread, and slice in half – side or diagonally, your choice.  Fill the bottom of the ovenproof dish with the sliced bread (butter “up”).
  • I asked Gning to sprinkle some of the sugar mix over the bread, followed by a handful of sultanas.  Repeat this step until the ovenproof dish is full.
  • Pour the egg-milk mixture over the top of the layered bread, and allow to “soak” for 10-15 minutes.  Don’t worry if it looks like you have too much milk…  You don’t.  It will all set wonderfully.

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  • Place in the middle of the oven, and bake for 45 minutes.
  • Your pudding should be ready when it is a lovely golden colour.
  • Serve immediately – with or without cream; or you can leave the pudding to “set”, and serve it cold.  Yummy!

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Homemade Toad in the Hole

Ooo, you’re in for a treat today, stalkers.  Today I’m making a ‘Toad in the Hole’ from scratch…  No cheating here!  I have even made the batter from scratch today 🙂

If you’re curious as to what a “Toad in the Hole” is, simply keep scrolling…  Or, you can always Google for pictures.  No, it’s not an actual frog in a hole…  It’s pork sausages baked inside a Yorkshire pudding.  And it’s so easy and cheap to make…  It’s also a family favourite.

Ingredients

8 pork link sausages

Oil (vegetable, olive, sunflower…  The choice is yours)

100g plain flour

1 egg

150ml water

150ml milk (full fat / whole milk is best)

Method

  • Preheat your oven to 220C (200C for fan assisted).
  • If required, separate your sausages, and line in the base of an oven proof dish, ensuring enough of a gap in between each sausage.
  • Drizzle about a tablespoon of oil over the sausages.

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  • Place in to the oven for about 20 minutes or so, until the sausages have started to brown.
  • Now it’s time to make the batter!  Sieve the flour in to a mixing bowl, and make a ‘well’ in the middle.
  • Crack the egg in to the well, and mix lightly.
  • Add the milk and water slowly to the flour mixture, stirring constantly.  I put the water and milk in to a jug, and poured in to the flour mix whilst using an electric whisk.  The mixture should be of a creamy texture when it’s all combined.

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  • When the sausages are cooked, quickly pour the flour mixture over the top of the sausages, and return to the oven for a further 30-40 minutes.

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  • The batter mix should be a lovely golden brown colour when done.

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  • Serve one its’ own or with a yummy gravy.  Enjoy x

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Being British

I’ve been watching a new programme on TV called “Very British Problems”, and it gave me an idea for a blog post.

What is ‘British’?  What does it mean to be British?

Well.  Here’s my take.

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Sitting on a bench, eating fish and chips straight from the paper.

Donkey rides on the beach.

Queuing.

Chivalry.

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Being too polite (even when people don’t deserve it).

Overusing the word “sorry”.

Sarcasm (British sarcasm is very different to the rest of the world).

Scones stuffed with jam and freshly whipped cream.

Pots of tea with china cups.

Gordon Ramsay.  By the way…  He rocks!

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Bangers and mash.

We also have a fancy name for cheese on toast…  “Welsh Rarebit”.

David Beckham.

The Spice Girls.

The Beatles.

Genesis.

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Phil Collins.

Take That (bleurgh).

Black Sabbath.

Queen.

Doctor Who.

All-doctors

James Bond.

Mini Cooper.

Aston Martin.

Jaguar.

Rolls Royce.

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Stephen Hawking.

Stephen Fry.

Bill Bailey.

Billy Connolly.

Russell Brand.

Robert Carlyle.

Queen Elizabeth II

Prince William.

Prince Harry.

Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

Cockney rhyming slang.

We’re pretty good at tongue twisters too.

William Wordsworth.

William Shakespeare.

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The Bronte sisters.

Jane Austen.

Robert Burns.

Robert the Bruce.

William Wallace (aka Braveheart – yes.  He was a real man).

Robert Roy Macgregor (Rob Roy – yes.  He was real too).

Highland bagpipes.

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Haggis, neeps and tatties.

The Loch Ness Monster (Nessie.  And of course, his sister – Morag).

Peter Pan (J. M. Barrie was Scottish).

St George.

George and the Dragon.

The Union Jack.

Britannia.

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The BBC Proms.

Last Night of the Proms.

The BBC.

The Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo (best in the world).

Castles.

Forests.

Robin Hood.

Marks and Spencer.

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Asda.

Sainsbury’s.

Mark Sheppard.

Alan Rickman.

Colin Firth.

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Judi Dench.

Zoe Wannamaker.

Harry Potter!

Orlando Bloom.

Joseph Morgan.

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Stonehenge.

Callenish Stone Circle.

Tower Bridge.

The Tower of London.

Buckingham Palace.

Big Ben (is actually the name of the bell; not the clock tower).

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I think this list is sufficient enough at the moment…  I could probably go on forever; and I am sure that you could too.

So what do you think?  When you think of all things British, what comes to your mind?

Day 15 – My 100th Post

Well ladies and gentlemen, I have done it.  This is my 100th post.

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I should really write about something really interesting, or something that would make people laugh or go “ooooo”, but…  I am actually struggling in what to write.

I know…  I’ll do a list.

Here’s some *myths* thought of the English (and some truths too…) with some pictures to help!

  • We are very polite (obviously never met me)
  • We like to queue (ok, a little bit of truth in that one)
  • We say “pip pip” and “tally ho old chap” (only in a joke…  Unless you’re posh)
  • We eat crumpets all the time (hardly – they’re too expensive)

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  • We eat ‘English Muffins’ all the time (nope – actually, that’s more of an American thing)

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  • We all love scones (as long as they come plastered with jam and clotted cream)

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  • We have bad teeth (we have ‘real’ teeth – we don’t get our teeth capped at the first opportunity)
  • We all eat fish & chips (quite true!)
  • We don’t complain (ha!  Actually, we complain all the time – “waiter!  This meal isn’t fit enough for the rats in your kitchen!”
  • We all come from London (wrong!)
  • You can drive to Paris for a day trip (yeah, because it’d only take you 8hr 19 to get there from where I live (thank you Google directions 😀  ha ha))
  • We are all British (I’m English.  I am not Scottish, not Welsh, not Irish…  I am not British.  I am English)
  • We’re all upper-class (nope – I’m good old ‘working class’ and proud)
  • Tea-drinkers (ok, this one is true too)
  • We all drink from china teacups, and we have to have a saucer (tea does taste better from a china cup, but give me a builders mug any day)
  • We all know the Queen (of course, dear, she comes round for tea and crumpets, daily; lol)

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  • Warm beer (nope.  Lager is served from the fridge – Beer (i.e. bitter, real ale, stout) is served at room temperature)
  • Football hooligans (mmm…  So, so.  Yes, the majority of the hooligans come from England, but not every football fan is a hooligan – Oh!  By the way…  That’s ‘soccer’ to you Americans 😛  ha ha x)
  • It always rains in England (almost completely true!)
  • We swear too much (yep)
  • We all live in castles (of course!  I’ll just let my hair down from the tower…)
  • We give our foods unusual names, such as toad in the hole, Welsh rarebit and bangers & mash (true!)
  • Everyone owns a dog, and looks after it better than themselves or their children (nope)
  • We’re all cricket fans (actually, a minority like cricket)
  • We all have a stiff-upper lip (hmmm…)
  • We’re all Morris Dancers (again, nope – I can’t stand it)

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  • We eat jellied eels…  (Eww! *bluergh*)

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  • Everyone is a chef (not true, although the worlds’ most famous chefs are English)
  • We’re all for ‘Queen and Country’ (maybe 50 years ago…)
  • We all smoke (not true)
  • We’re all prudes (actually, we’re not quite up to scratch with Germany, but we’re definitely not prudish)
  • We have mastered sarcasm (absolute truth)
  • We have all had a nanny or an au pair as a child (thanks Supernanny and Mary Poppins, but not everyone can afford you)
  • Everyone in England is pale skinned (if you a true Brit, you should be pale skinned and fair haired, aka an ‘English Rose’)
  • London is constantly covered in smog (sometimes, yes)
  • We’re all witches (nope)
  • We complain when it rains; we complain when it’s sunny; we complain when it snows; we complain when it’s windy (ALL TRUE)
  • We’re punctual (I’m late for everything, so wrong..!)
  • We all wear socks with sandals (noooooo!!)
  • We all look like Mr. Bean or Austin Powers (lol)

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  • We all talk like Austin Powers (nooo!  Well, maybe in London 😉  lmao)
  • We all love gardening (if you saw my gardens, you’d very much disagree)
  • We are all in to antiques (I like old stuff, but I don’t go hunting for it)

Sorry for my post not being that impressive today, although I thought some of the above was worth a giggle.  See you all tomorrow ❤