Authored by Vince Russell on 14 July 2005 at 06:24PM
Current rating: 3 out of 5 stars!
Filed under: Toad in the Hole

Delia Smith

Delia Smith, she's Norwich City crazy!

Dear Delia Smith,

I must start by saying that I very much enjoyed your rallying cry to the Norwich City fans last season, it did make me smile. Also, I must pay tribute to the Norwich City fans. On the final day of last season, me and my Southampton-supporting friend were in Putney, hoping to see the Saints survive relegation. At the same time, your fans were also in Putney at the Fulham game, hoping to see Norwich City survive. We both know that all of us were left disappointed at the end of the day (my team were relegated a few weeks before, so I had a relatively easy ride of it). Myself and Jon joined the Norwich fans down by the river and did anything but commiserate as we greeted each jogger as if they'd just finished running the marathon...twice!

Anyhow, to the matter in hand! I'm writing to you in the hope that you may be able to help me, I've been trying to find out for a number of years now why or how "toad-in-the-hole" got it's name. I've searched the Internet, I've sent emails to various organisations, and consulted the odd book, but nothing! The nearest I got was it's first recorded usage seems to be around the 17th century and I also understand that in days gone by, both the master of the house and their servants would eat toad-in-the-hole, the only difference being the quality of the sausages used in the dish.

So I'm wondering if you may know the answer, I hear you're a big fan of the dish, or at least perhaps you can give me a bit of a clue as to where this holy grail of cuisine may be found!

Hope you can help! If not, no worries and good luck next season!!

Brilliant!!

Vince.

Authored by Vince Russell on 14 July 2005 at 06:24PM
Current rating: 3 out of 5 stars!
Filed under: Toad in the Hole


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