Posted by: anglopole | September 27, 2008

On some exotic British dishes (sic!)

‘Waiter, Waiter! There’s a frog on my plate! Sorry Sir, it was toad in the hole you ordered, wasn’t it?’

Would you order this for your dinner? :-O

Nah, I thought as much! Me neither. However, as you know many things in life ARE NOT what they seem. It is true about the toad-in-the-hole too. 🙂 I am sure the French at least smile when hearing the name of this 100% British dish – after all they are the ones much of the world associates with eating frogs. I can also imagine the disappointment of a hungry Frenchman about to taste the frogless dish invented by the hated neighbours! The only place they’d have a frog after the experience would be their throat! 😉 Now, on a serious note, the toad-in-the-hole is actually a tasty dish when made well and with sausages of a different origin than British (sorry folks, the sausages here taste like paper! totally bland and, erm, yuck!).


It does look interesting, doesn’t it? If you are a great wild life lover and want more names referring to the animal world on your table at dinner time, you can wash your toad in the hole with a Woodpecker, for example. Yes, you read well!


I like cider, personally. I’m hardly a fan of beer but having a glass of cider from time to time is a pleasant experience for my palate and a good way to chill down a bit. The Woodpecker Cider  is just one of many brands of this alcoholic drink. If you are not keen on bitterness of beers then cider would appeal to you. You could count drinking cider as one of your 5-a-day too, as it is made of apples or pears! 😉

Now, if you are not on a diet and still could do with something extra after treating yourself with the fabulous toad, you could go for a spotted dog!

  Spotted it is, indeed, but I bet it’s yummy as well!

As Stefan Gates suggested in his book ‘Gastrounaut’, the British Food is looked down upon, not because the food is bad, but rather because of the rather unfortunate names.

Have a look at the following:

  • Beef Cecils
  • Black Pudding
  • Bubble and Squeak
  • Clapshot
  • Cullen Skink
  • Dean’s Cream
  • Fitless Cock
  • Flummery
  • Girdle Sponges
  • Hob Nobs
  • Huffkins
  • Hunter’s Buns
  • Love in Disguise
  • Inky Pinky
  • Knickerbocker Glory
  • Spotted Dick

Well, what can I say? Take your pick and enjoy the British cuisine when you happen to be here! 🙂


  1. How dare you denigrate the great British sausage! I would kill for a dozen Cumberland sausages involved in a toad-in-the-hole situation – followed by spotted dick or jam rolly polly drowned in custard of course (you forgot to mention custard).

    By the way, I’ve never seen cider in Poland or met anyone who’s heard of it. This is weird considering the number of apples/orchards there are here – any idea why it isn’t better known? Stay away from the Woodpecker and find a decent cider.


  2. Oh god. bubble and squeak…! I’m not going to sleep tonight now.


  3. ta, Island! yep, indeed, I’ve forgotten all about the ubiquitous obsession of the Brits, young and old, with custard! 😉 Yeah, my husband did tell me that Woodpecker is not exactly the best of ciders, but it does have a lovely name, you must agree, huh? 🙂 I asked myself the same question about cider and, even had a crazy idea once of opening a cider production somewhere in Poland… Poles can never complain about scarcity of apples, after all!
    As for English sausages, I’ve not yet met a Pole who’d find them tasty… But, hey, it can mean our taste buds have not developed enough to appreciate the peculiar taste of the sasusages 😉

    See, and I’m dying for a bowl of proper Polish bigos…


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