Official Downton Abbey Cookbook provides good reading and recipes

I recently stopped by my local library to look for a new book-on-tape to borrow. We’ve had a couple of doctor appointments that re- quire a trip to the city (Dallas is two hours away and Houston is five hours) — since both journeys are mostly through rural areas, we prefer to listen to a CD rather than search for local radio stations as we cruise along. It came as a surprise to discover that during the Covid shutdown last year, the li- brarians finally had time to crank out several grant applications for updating the facility (without the distraction of patrons needing assistance) …d uring the last few months the funds have arrived and our library is now sporting fresh paint, new flooring, modern shelving and comfortable furniture. While the actual building, completed in the early 1950s, hasn’t changed much on the outside, the inside looks appealing and part of the 21st


After selecting a few tapes to listen to, I took a look at the newest book purchases prominently displayed near the check-out desk. There I selected The Official Downton Abbey Cookbook.

The book was published in conjunction with the producer of the BBC television series and features beautiful color photos of the series’ characters and setting. It’s no surprise that the book has menu items for the wealthy titled Abbey residents and another section for those that worked “below stairs.” It makes for fun reading!

I noticed the following recipe because of its unusual name, Toad-in-the-Hole. In the United Kingdom this dish is made with either ground beef or pork sausage, but I tried substi- tuting ground goat meat and found it worked quite well. The author recommends serving it with brown or onion gravy (I liked the onion gravy best), and I added a tossed salad and crescent rolls to complete the meal. This is a “comfort meal” just right for cool fall weather!

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November 2021 | Goat Rancher 15 Toad-in-the-Hole By Annie Gray / The Official Downton Abbey Cookbook, ISBN: 978-1-68188-369-4

1 c. milk 1 c. flour ¼ tsp. salt 3 eggs

1 lb. ground goat meat Butter for preparing pie pan Brown or onion gravy for serving

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and butter a pie pan. In a mixing bowl, whisk together milk, flour, salt, and eggs. Set aside for 10-15 minutes.

Put ground goat meat, crumbled, into the prepared pie pan and place in the oven for 10 minutes to begin cooking the meat. Remove from the oven and pour the batter over the meat, then return the pan to the oven. Bake until the meat is cooked and the batter has puffed up and browned, about 30-40 minutes.

Serve hot with gravy.


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