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Toad-in-the-hole

We love food, and we love to travel. Whenever we travel, we always explore the culture of a country through its food. What better way? It is perfect for us as we fill our belly with tasty ethnic treats.

I will often research and find out what the national dish of a country is or what are typical meals served and then try to eat those while in the country. I later try to replicate them at home. When I searched for ‘United Kingdom’s national dish’ it came back with chicken tikka masala. While in England we did eat Indian food and enjoyed it, however, I was looking for popular English dishes. So I searched for ‘what is the most popular food in the UK’. Topping the list was toad-in-the-hole.

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Ok, I had made this before, and it had been a hit. We were not able to find it on the menu (we were only there for three days) but decided this dish was going to represent the UK as a country we had visited. When I made this the other day, Dwayne and I had it for dinner, and it is seriously moreish. A few years back, we had many people staying with us, and I made this as a breakfast dish. I was well-received; everyone loved it.

Ingredients

1-2 Tablespoons of olive oil
8 pork sausages
8 slices of bacon
2 cups plain flour
2 eggs lightly beaten
400ml water
2 Tablespoons fresh rosemary, finely chopped
12-15 cherry tomatoes
*Caramelised onion jam to serve

food recipe sausage tomato

Method

Preheat the oven to 220c. Add oil to a baking dish and heat in the oven while you prepare the ingredients.

Wrap a slice of bacon around each sausage. Add sausages to a cold non-stick frypan and heat on med-high. Cook sausages for approximately 10 mins, turning until they are brown all over.

Sift the flour into a bowl and gradually whisk in the beaten eggs and the water. Add a couple of pinches of rosemary and whisk until smooth.

Arrange the sausages in the preheated baking dish and pour the batter around them. Scatter with the remaining rosemary and pop the tomatoes around the sausages.

Bake for 25 – 30mins until it has risen a little and browning.

Heat the onion jam and drizzle over the toad-in-the-hole or serve the marmalade as a side dish. It is the perfect compliment. Get my recipe for caramelised onion jam here.

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Mussels with Garlic, White Wine, Tomato & Basil

This recipe comes from a time in Langkawi, Malaysia, when we visited a nearby island to smoke some fish. Deciding that a big bowl of mussels and some crusty bread would be the perfect thing to accompany our crisp white wine, we sailed to Pulau Singar Besar. There, there is a small shelter with a table and a fireplace. We lit a fire to cook on, and as our fish smoked away, I cooked up the yummy mussels.

We love these days, cooking on the fire, the beach to ourselves, wine and entertaining ourselves with a game of cards. Yes, some days, you do feel you are in paradise.

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Ingredients

2 Tbs olive oil
6 Large cloves of garlic, finely chopped
2-3 large chillies, sliced
1 1/2 cups of white wine
2 cups of fish stock
1 cup of small grape tomatoes, halved
salt and pepper to taste
1kg of New Zealand green-lip mussels
6-8 spring onion, finely sliced
1/2 cup basil leaves, finely shredded

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Method

Wash the mussels, scrub the shell and remove the bearding if still present. Set aside in the fridge until ready to use.

Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan and add the garlic and chilli, cook for a couple of minutes. Add the wine and simmer to reduce a little. Then add the fish stock. At this stage, I add a few of the tomatoes to allow that to help flavour the broth and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for five minutes.

Add the mussels cover and cook for about three minutes.

Add the spring onions and tomatoes, toss well to incorporate, cover and cook for a couple of minutes.

Then add the basil, toss well, cover and cook for another minute or two.

Divide mussel and tomatoes between two large bowls, pour over the broth and serve with crusty bread. Yummo!

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Stuffed Squid in a Rich Tomato Sauce

As we sailed amongst the islands off the west coast of Borneo, we were able to purchase fish and squid from the fisherman that visit us, when we drop anchor for the night. The squid, used for this recipe, we bought off a fisherman at Pulau Bawal and the fish I use to stuff the squid was a mackerel we traded a mobile phone and a pair of sunnies for, when anchored off Pulau Genting.

Stuffed Squid in a Rich Tomato Sauce
Stuffed Squid in Rich Tomato Sauce

It had been two weeks since we had been able to get fresh fruit and veg and  I used my last fresh tomato for this recipe. At the time we had been eating rice with almost every meal. Every time I cook rice I will cook a cup of rice and I then use the left over to make rice cakes or I heat it up with curry sauce etc. This time I used it to stuff my squid.

OK so this is what I did…

I made a stuffing for the squid with:

  • about 1/2 cup of left over cooked rice
  • a small fillet of mackerel (finely chopped) about 100g
  • 1 large red chilli, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tomato, chopped,
  • 5 small asian shallots, finely chopped
  • about 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Mix it altogether and stuff it into the squid tubes. Close each tube with a toothpick. Cook the squid tubes for 5 mins to brown them slightly and then removed them from the pan

Stuffed Squid in a Rich Tomato Sauce
The prepared stuffed squid tubes

For the sauce…

I heated oil in the fry pan and fried:

  • 1/2 head of garlic (about 6 cloves), chopped
  • 3 small hot chillies, finely chopped
  • 1 large red chilli, chopped
  • 8 small asian shallots, chopped
  • about 80g anchovy fillets
  • 2 Tablespoons capers, chopped
Shallots, garlic, chilli and lots of anchovy!
Shallots, garlic, chilli and lots of anchovy!

I fried this until it was cooked and the garlic and shallots had softened. I then added:

  • 1 can of tomatoes, diced
  • 3 Tbs tomato paste
  • dried italian herbs and black pepper to taste.

I brought it to the boil and then simmered the sauce for about 15 minutes, after which I added the stuffed squid tubes. I then simmered it until the flavours had developed into a rich, spicy, flavoursome sauce and the squid were cooked through (adding water as necessary). I served the squid with rice.

Stuffed Squid in a Rich Tomato Sauce
Stuffed Squid in a Rich Tomato Sauce

The left overs

I used the left over sauce the next day with some mackerel fillets. I cooked the mackerel then added the sauce to the pan with the fish and simmered until heated through. I served it with pasta. Yum!

Marlin fettuccine with Cherry Tomatoes and Capers

This pasta meal was another simple way we enjoyed the marlin we had ample supply of.

While the fettuccini was cooking, I simply sautéed baby capers, finely diced capsicum and garlic in olive oil. After a few minutes I added halved cherry tomatoes and the diced marlin and cooked for a further few minutes until the fish was cooked through but not over done.

Getting ingredients ready for the pasta

To serve I topped the fettuccine with the marlin and tomato, garnished with sliced spring onions and drizzled with a little olive oil. Simple and delicious.

Delicious pasta with marlin, tomato and capers

BBQ Marlin Fillets with Grapefruit, Fennel, Lime and Dill Salad.

Dwayne barbecued the marlin fillets, while I threw together a salad of mixed lettuce leaves, ruby grapefruit, thinly sliced fennel, red onion, cucumber, tomato and spring onions.

For the dressing I used  dill, lime and a little olive oil. Simple, yet really enjoyable.

Fresh fruity salad with BBQ marlin fillet

Mackerel Cutlets with Tomato, Olive and Caper Salsa

Mackerel Cutlets with Tomato, Olive and Caper Salsa

This meal was made with a fresh catch while we were anchored at Hope Island, on the Great Barrier Reef. It was  a few days out of Cairns  and we still had some fresh vegetables from our shopping trip that we needed to use. The green beans were on their last days so, as it often happens on a boat, what we decided to cook for dinner was determined by the veg we had and what needed to be eaten first.

Dwayne caught, cleaned and cut the spanish mackerel into cutlets. He then  barbequed the cutlets while I made a salsa.

Mackerel Cutlets with Tomato, Olive and Caper Salsa made with this fish caught in QLD

For the salsa I diced tomato, kalamata olives, red onion, anchovy, chilli, capers and added a little olive oil.

Mackerel Cutlets with Tomato, Olive and Caper Salsa

The beans, which were begging to be cooked, were blanched in boiling water for a minute or two and set aside. I sautéed a little garlic in butter and tossed the beans and some chopped pistachio nuts through it.

Mackerel Cutlets with Tomato, Olive and Caper Salsa

We enjoyed a delicious meal of BBQ mackerel topped with the salsa and served with the beans on the side. We love mackerel… don’t think we’ll ever get sick of it!

 

Cajun Mackerel with Pineapple, Tomato and Corn Salad

We caught a couple of mackerel just out from Undine Cay. The first, which I used for this recipe, was a spotted mackerel which Dwayne filleted. We arrived at Hope Island in time for lunch so I cooked up a couple of fillets and served the with a salsa style salad. This was simple and very delicious.

We made Cajun Mackerel with Pineapple, Tomato and Corn Salad with the spotted mackerel

To make the salad I mixed diced pineapple, tomato, red onion, red chilli with corn kernels and the juice of one lime.

The makings for a corn salsa

Cajun Mackerel with Pineapple, Tomato and Corn Salad

I coated the mackerel fillets with Cajun spices and fried them in canola oil.

Frying up the Cajun Mackerel

 The Cajun spice and the fruity flavour of the salad were amazing together. Yummo!

Cajun Mackerel with Pineapple, Tomato and Corn Salad

Cajun Mackerel with Pineapple, Tomato and Corn Salad