ROBBIE CHEADLE’S MOTHERS DAY STORY

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Hi there,

It is my pleasure to share with you this Mothers Day offering from Robbie Cheadle who blogs at http://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com.

Mother-daughter relationships can be complex and multifaceted, evolving as both parties grow and change. From infancy to adulthood, mothers and daughters share a bond characterized by love, support, and understanding.

Robbie and her mother share a mother-daughter relationship that is incredibly rewarding and fulfilling. They have a unique bond and provide a source of love, support, and understanding to each other throughout life’s ups and downs.

Give the one you love wings to fly, roots to come back, and a reason to stay.

Dalia Lama

My Mom and this recipe

When I was a little girl, my mom often used to make ‘bangers and mash’ for dinner. It was a favorite meal of mine. The bangers were pork sausages and the mash was made from real potatoes and not the mash that you can buy in a packet. We had this meal with salad.

My mother preferred to make ‘bangers and mash’ than the equally well-known and popular English dish, ‘toad in the hole’. Mom’s experiences with Yorkshire pudding during her younger years were of a lumpy and overcooked mass of stodge that her mother often made to fill the tummies of her eight children. Mom said that her mother’s ‘toad in the hole’ was one of her most disliked childhood dinners. 

I thought the name, ‘Toad in the Hole, was fascinating and I knew how it was made, but my mother never made it. My parents moved into a cottage on my husband’s and my property in 2005 and mom did all the cooking until the end of 2021 when her health forced her to hand some of it over to me.

During the Covid lockdowns in 2020, my mother decided to spread her wings with cooking. She looked up a few recipes for Yorkshire pudding and ‘toad in the hole’ and cooked it. It came out well. Her batter was light and perfectly cooked, and she wrapped the skinned sausages in bacon which made them very delicious.

My father loved her effort, and so did my boys so it has become a bit of a family recipe now which I make now and then when we need a comfort food meal.

Toad in the Hole

Ingredients

16 pork sausages

500 grams bacon of your choice

3 cups all-purpose/cake flour

1 teaspoon salt

Pepper to taste

6 large eggs, lightly beaten

3 cups milk (I used low fat)

60 ml butter, melted

Olive oil for greasing

Method

Heat the oven to 220 degrees Celsius or 425 degrees Fahrenheit. 

In a large mixing bowl, sift the flour and add the salt and pepper. Make a well in the flour. Beat the eggs, add the milk and melted butter and whisk. Pour into the well in the flour and combine until the mixture is smooth. Set aside for 30 minutes.

Remove the skin from the pork sausages and wrap each sausage in bacon. In a large frying pan, heat a little olive oil and brown the bacon wrapped pork sausages. Do not cook fully.

Oil a large metal baking pan with high sides (bottom and sides) and heat in the oven for 10 minutes. Remove the baking pan from the oven and lay the partially cooked sausages in the pan. Pour over the batter and return to the oven. Cook for 45 minutes until golden brown on top.

About Toad in the hole

Batter dishes became popular in the 18th century and a recipe for Toad in the hole appeared as early as 1762. It was originally a way of making meat stretch further in poor households and was made with a small piece of cheap beef cooked in a large batter pudding.

The curious name is not believed to have emanated from the use of toads in the dish, ever. It is said to be due to the appearance of the sausages peeking through the batter which is reminiscent of a toad in its burrow with its head poking up as it waits for a meal to fly or wander nearby.

Thank you so much for sharing this lovely story and recipe with such an amusing background.

53 responses to “ROBBIE CHEADLE’S MOTHERS DAY STORY”

  1. Annette Rochelle Aben – Westland, MI – My life is ALL ABOUT being a COMMUNICATOR, so I write/publish books, (find my on Amazon) articles, essays, poetry, heck I love writing LETTERS. I am also a host/producer of internet radio shows; (find me on Blog Talk Radio) my own shows as well as shows that other people host. Since I was a little girl I have been a singer and fronted bands for years. People everywhere are wearing my jewelry and eating the food I create and sell. In my spare time I am a mentor/guide for others along their personal and professional paths. Thank you for joining me here and be sure to let me know what I can help YOU with!
    Annette Rochelle Aben says:

    Aw, this brings back such memories of life with my mother when I was a child, as her father was British. We grew up eating pasties, bangers and mash, and Yorkshire pudding. Some of his other favorites we were not so keen on, but we still make pasties frequently!

    • Hi Annette, I didn’t know your grandfather was British. What fun. We made traditional English beef and mushroom pie today.

  2. 100 Country Trek – Hello. Nice to meet you. My journey to cover as much of the world as possible began in Costa Rica in 2003. This is a story in itself, but for now I'll tell the short version . On a hike around Manuel Antonio I started chatting with a fellow hiker from Belgium. He told me he had a trip planned to visit Borneo within a few weeks of his return home. He then went on to say he had been to at least fifty different countries. That was when the travel bug bit me. I haven't stopped going since and the journey has been so incredible . It is here that I will share some of the incredible travel experiences .
    100 Country Trek says:

    Happy Mothers Day! This is such sausage recipe. 😋 Anita

  3. Darlene – British Columbia, Canada – Writer of children's stories, short stories and travel articles. https://twitter.com/#!/supermegawoman http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=201634059868404&id=631897250&ref=notif&notif_t=like#!/pages/Darlene-Foster-Writer/362236842733
    Darlene says:

    I used to make this for my British husband as it was part of his childhood. (I don’t anymore as we don’t eat sausages) A good recipe to share. Happy Mother’s Day, Bernadette and Robbie.

  4. johnrieber – I love great food, interesting books, fascinating travel, outrageous movies, and bacon, especially when it sits on top of a great cheeseburger! I work in entertainment – and I have been lucky enough to interview some really talented Artists – that guides my posts: interesting and provocative movies, music, social media and of course, food, since I believe strongly in the maxim, "everyone eats!"
    johnrieber says:

    A terrific look at the food of our youth – and traditional classics that taste as good now!

      • johnrieber – I love great food, interesting books, fascinating travel, outrageous movies, and bacon, especially when it sits on top of a great cheeseburger! I work in entertainment – and I have been lucky enough to interview some really talented Artists – that guides my posts: interesting and provocative movies, music, social media and of course, food, since I believe strongly in the maxim, "everyone eats!"
        johnrieber says:

        A great point…and sometimes those classics are under-appreciated…well, here in the US meatloaf and macaroni and cheese have staged a BIG comeback! Happy weekend to you!

    • Hi John, I thought this recipe would interest you. It is real comfort food.

  5. Hi Bernadette, thank you for the lovely introduction to this post and for hosting this great series about mothers.

  6. Wow Robbie’s mother hasn’t lost her cooking touch and how nice that Robbie’s parents live in the cottage on their property!

  7. derrickjknight – UK – I am an octogenarian enjoying rambling physically and photographing what I see, and rambling in my head as memories are triggered. I also ramble through a lifetime's photographs. In these later years much rambling is done in a car.
    derrickjknight says:

    A lovely memory. I remember my own mother’s well

  8. Love hearing of the special bond between Moms and their children, there are so many different ways in which we remember Mom, but food seems to be the overwhelming theme of fond memories.

  9. John W. Howell – South Texas Gulf Coast – I have been working in business for over forty years and now have the time to work in special areas of interest. My passion has always been to create compelling stories of fiction. I have authored six novels and am working on my Seventh. The first novel is still in manuscript form and being utilized as a door stop in the laundry room. The second is a contemporary fiction novel of 89,000 words and is complete and I am currently seeking a publisher. I also write poetry but have not had the guts to share any with anyone. The one time I read a piece to a person their only comment was, “it doesn’t rhyme.” I will continue to write and hopefully my blog, Fiction Favorites at www.johnwhowell.com will provide some entertainment and an interesting thought or two. I live in the Austin area with my wife Molly and an assortment of loving pets.
    John W. Howell says:

    A lovely story and recipe Robbie. Thanks for hosting, Bernadette.

  10. D.L. Finn, Author – Nevada City, CA – D.L. Finn is an independent California local, who encourages everyone to embrace their inner child. She was born and raised in the foggy Bay Area, but in 1990 relocated with her husband, kids, dogs and cats to the Sierra foothills in Nevada City, CA. She immersed herself in reading all types of books, but especially loved romance, horror and fantasy. She always treasured creating her own reality on paper. Finally, being surrounded by towering pines, oaks and cedars, her creativity was cradled until it bloomed. Her creations vary from children’s books, young adult fantasy, adult paranormal romance to an autobiography with poetry. She continues on her adventure with an open invitation to her readers to join her.
    D.L. Finn, Author says:

    What a great post and memories shared. We have some similar that I enjoyed growing up.

  11. Angie@Angie's Recipes – Angie's Recipes is an interactive blog dedicated to sharing yummy & creative recipes, helpful cooking hints and tips. Enjoy your visit and spread the word!
    Angie@Angie’s Recipes says:

    Such a lovely and sweet family story! Thanks for sharing it with us.

  12. Author Jan Sikes – Texas – I am an award-winning author. I love creative writing and I love music. I've published four books that are true stories written in fiction format. They are entertaining like fiction, but everything did actually happen. I've also published a book of poetry and art, nine fiction short stories, and a paranormal romance series (The White Rune Series). I enjoy promoting other authors and Texas music artists!
    Jan Sikes says:

    What a lovely Mother’s Day story from Robbie. Thanks, Bernadette, for sharing!

  13. We were introduced to ‘bangers and mash’ on our trip to Scotland. The recipes here look wonderful. My mother and I celebrated many recipes. Thanks for hosting, Bernadette. And hanks for sharing the memories, Robbie!

  14. Awakening Wonders – Everyday life is filled with wondrous things and embraceable moments, but only if we allow ourselves to be fully awakened. I invite you to join me as I share passionate life adventures and ramblings that awaken my spirit. I look forward to awakening your senses to the simple, joyous wonders that are all around us. I feel that we are destined to become soulful adventurers!
    Awakening Wonders says:

    Love the heartfelt story and recipe – always the best!

  15. Carla – Canada – I am a retired teacher/librarian. I love to read, especially to my grandchildren. I read most genres, but lately have gravitated to cozy mysteries, romance (not erotic) and Christian Fiction. I do enjoy a good thriller every now and then, as well as some fantasy and the odd sci-fi. I have ventured into Blog tours, but I do not do well reading under pressure. I travel to Florida for 2 to 3 months in the winter (Canadian Snowbirder) but otherwise live in Windsor, Ontario Canada. Feel free to follow and comment on my blog. I try to respond to all comments.
    Carla says:

    Great story and recipe. Thanks for sharing this with us.

  16. Baydreamer – Lauren Scott – United States – Welcome to my corner of this wonderful community where I share my poetry, short stories, and occasional photos. My husband and I have been married for almost thirty-five years, and we have two adult children. Our furry family member is Copper, an 80-lb chocolate lab mix, and he just turned 13 years old. I have published two collections of poetry: New Day, New Dreams (2013) and Finding a Balance (2015). My memoir, More than Coffee, was published in 2021, and my recent publication is a poetry collection titled Ever So Gently released in July. I have finished my first children’s book and am working with my illustrator with plans to publish in 2024. When you visit, I hope you find something to take with you, but that you also find something enticing enough to keep bringing you back. I truly appreciate your visit. Cheers, Lauren ❤️
    Baydreamer – Lauren Scott says:

    I love this story and how the recipe came to be named. It looks delicious. Thanks for sharing Robbie and Bernadette. Happy Mother’s Day!

  17. Toni Pike – Canberra, Australia – Toni Pike is a multi-genre author who enjoys writing page-turning fiction for adults, hilarious books for children, and non-fiction. She also loves travelling and being with family and friends. She lives in Australia and firmly believes that coffee and long walks are an essential part of any day. Do you like books that you can’t stop reading? Pike is the author of LINDA’S MIDLIFE CRISIS, DESOLATION BLUFF, DEAD DRY HEART and The Jotham Fletcher Mystery Thriller Series: THE MAGUS COVENANT, THE ROCK OF MAGUS, THE MAGUS EPIPHANY and HOLY SPEAR OF MAGUS. The Brody Cody Series is for children aged 6-9: BRODY CODY AND THE STEPMOTHER FROM OUTER SPACE and BRODY CODY AND THE HAUNTED VACATION HOUSE. She’s also the author of two non-fiction books. THE ONE WAY DIET is a no-nonsense guide to losing weight. HAPPY TRAVELS 101 is a short book of travel tips with advice for anyone who wants to travel overseas. To find out more, her website is tonipike.com.
    Toni Pike says:

    This looks like true comfort food

  18. Retirement Reflections – Vancouver Island, BC – Prior to retirement, I lived and worked in Beijing China for fourteen years (Middle School Principal/Deputy Director at The Western Academy of Beijing). Leaving international life behind, my husband and I retired to Vancouver Island in June 2015. To document both this transition and our new adventures, ‘Retirement Reflections’ was born. I hope that you enjoy reading these reflections, and will be willing to share your own.
    Retirement Reflections says:

    What a beautiful recipe-story and a wonderful Mother’s Day tribute. Thank you Robbie and Bernadette!

  19. Every family has one of these recipes that is “nothing fancy to see,” but feels like a big hug! I can imagine how comforting it would be on a chilly, blustery night, and how great that Robbie is carrying forward this meal with so much meaning to her family! 💕

  20. acflory – Australia – I am the kind of person who always has to know why things are the way they are so my interests range from genetics and biology to politics and what makes people tick. For fun I play online mmorpgs, read, listen to a music, dance when I get the chance and landscape my rather large block. Work is writing. When a story I am working on is going well I'm on cloud nine. On bad days I go out and dig big holes…
    acflory says:

    I’ve never tried Toad in the Hole but I have tried Yorkshire pudding [in London] and…didn’t like it. I do like pork sausages though so I may give this one a try. 🙂
    My Mum taught me to cook too, and although I branched out from Hungarian recipes long ago, I still make her spinach sauce once every couple of weeks. I also bake her super simple, light-as-a-feather sponge cake for a quick pick me up. I wish I’d taken the time to learn her Beigli recipe. I’ve looked at heaps of recipes online but they just don’t seem to match what I remember.

    • Thanks for stopping by and reading Robbie’s story. It seems that you have a lot of stories and recipes from your Mum. Perhaps one day you might want to collaborate with me and post one.

  21. What a lovely story, Robbie! I thought it would be a different recipe from the title. In the US Toad in the Hole is also an egg cooked inside a slice of toast (a circle of bread is removed from the middle of the toast to cook the egg). But I’ve never tried either recipe.

  22. Tandy | Lavender and Lime – Gordons Bay – I am passionate about using regional, seasonable and sustainable produce when I cook. I live in the picturesque fishing village of Gordons Bay with my husband and dog. Dave and I visit new places on a regular basis to experience the food and culture of the area.
    Tandy | Lavender and Lime says:

    It’s so sad your mom’s health is failing. Big hugs to you 💕

  23. Cindy Georgakas – I’ve been in the field of health and wellness for thirty plus years. It is my passion and life work. I’m a Life Coach, certified through Dr. Cherie Carter Scott PHD (Mother of Life Coaching), a Certified California Massage Therapist, (CAMTC) specializing in Craniosacral Therapy, Thai, Deep Tissue, Sports. Pre postnatal etc. I am also a Reiki Master, a Certified Personal Trainer, and a Certified Yoga Teacher and writer. I love starting my day in meditation, yoga and Tai Chi and Qui gong, hiking with my husband, furry legged kids, and my kids (when I can grab them); and hanging with my cats.
    Cindy Georgakas says:

    I just love this post Bernadette!
    What a wonderful picture of Robbie and her mom so heartfelt with love baking inside and outside which we all so need,
    Great Job! ❣️

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