Cooking in a caravan: Toad in the hole by Monica Rivron
This month we begin another tasty Monica Rivron Cookery series, in association with Bailey of Bristol.
All cookery done in the brilliant Bailey Unicorn Barcelona IV
Our favourite caravanning chef (she's Leith's-trained you know!) has conjured up six tastebud-tingling comfort foods in the Bailey Unicorn Barcelona's luxury kitchen.
Every recipe is warm, delicious and filling… so, perfect to come back to on a chilly day. This month we're starting with Monica's take on Toad in the Hole.
Watch Monica's cooking video below!
Toad in the Hole
This is my son's absolute favourite, and it's a real winter warmer when you're touring out of season
- 100ml plain flour
- 1 egg
- 300ml full-fat milk
- 1 teaspoon mustard powder
- 4 sausages
- 1 onion
- 100g spinach
- 1 teaspoon of honey
- Pinch of nutmeg
Preheat the oven 180/Gas Mk6
First make the batter by blending or hand whisking the egg and flour with the mustard powder, while slowly adding the milk.
Slice the onions and half the cherry tomatoes. Put the spinach in a colander, wash under the tap and leave to one side.
You need to brown the sausages to give them colour and texture, so do this in a frying pan, just until all the sides have a nice colour. Next, put them in an ovenproof dish, coating them in some honey. Now, pop them in the oven to keep hot.
Using the same pan, you don't need to wash it (but you might want to add a little more oil), fry the onion and after about five minutes add the cherry tomatoes and gently stir.
As the tomatoes start to soften, add the washed spinach and cook until it completely wilts. Add a pinch of nutmeg. I can't resist the combination of nutmeg and spinach!
Now take the sausages out of the oven and spoon over the tomato mix, making sure you don't bury the sausages, you what them to sit slightly on top of the vegetables. Finally, pour over the batter and put it straight in the oven for 45 minutes.
The Unicorn's Thetford Caprice MkIII cooker
This brilliant Bailey boasts a 'domestic-spec', three-in-one cooker with a four-burner hob, grill and good-sized oven.
Here, we're focusing on the 36-litre gas oven, which brings home-style cooking to the caravan… Sunday roasts? Tick. Warm croissants? Tick. Delicious Toad in the hole? Tick. This stylish cooker can do them all!
The Caprice is a doddle to control, and access to the oven is simple and safe in the Unicorn's wide 'aisle'.