Like anyone else, I’m kinda given to cooking ruts. My inclination is to slap steaks, chops, pasta, and variations of green beans and tomato salad in front of peeps, and nobody complains, so I rarely deviate. But it makes for FN boring cooking (and FN boring reading about cooking, natch).
So when I blew up my router vacuuming (don’t ask), and a trusted friend of mine popped in remotely and fixed it lickety-split, I figured I owed the man some eats, and told him to name his dish.
We were chatting online, so I couldn’t see him, but I could practically hear the smile spread across his face. “Toad in the Hole,” he said. “Con Curry.”
A little background on this guy--Japanese-style curry is his lube/eats-cornerstone of choice. For Curry Fiend, there is no food that can’t be improved with a cloak of spicy brown, and there is no meal he’d prefer over a steaming plate of katsu curry.
His request was not as strangely fusion-disastrous as it sounds...Toad in the Hole is browned sausages enveloped in Yorkshire pudding, generally served with squishy peas, mashed potatoes and onion gravy. Topping it with curry and pairing it with rice seemed a bare half-step from its Brit comfort food origins, and given the rapidly apparent fall chill, it felt totally seasonally appropo.