When I was little my mum worked in a hospital and cooked lots and lots of English Style food for us at home. If you have been following my blog you will know that my background is Greek. I didn’t grow up just eating Greek food. We ate lots of Brit style food too…Irish Stew, Bubble and Squeak and Yorkshire Pudding to go with our Roast Beef as well as Trifles and I do remember a Queen of Puddings once too.
I used to be married to a Brit and these food experiences expanded. As well as very traditional English food, we ate lots of curries, which I absolutely perfected over the years. However, my favourite was having Yorkshire Pudding with Roast Beef and gravy. My ex mother in law and my ex husband both made the most perfect ‘yorkies’ and I was never trusted to make them myself.
I watched though, and I learned and I was able to surprise everyone (and myself) with great ‘yorkies’.
You might have noticed that I used the word ‘ex’…no longer married to a Brit so no longer made Yorkshire Pudding. The title of this post is not about my ex but my lost love affair with the ‘yorkie.’ I saw them in the freezer section of the supermarket about a month ago (I didn’t even know you could buy them frozen) and all these wonderful food memories came flooding back…the yorkie and I together in front of a roaring fire…the yorkie and I at my long dining table, a red wine between us…Oh! Such sweet memories.
I started making them again. In fact I started making a lot of these old favourites again much to the joy of my partner who had never had a yorkie and in fact had never heard of them. Nigella Lawson made one as an actual pudding/dessert…a huge one in a baking dish and spooned it out into bowls and topped it with vanilla ice cream and golden syrup. I made that too and my partner is eternally grateful.
I don’t restrict myself to making them with a roast. I make them with steaks and beef ribs and beef casseroles…no one here to tell me otherwise!!!
I made a comment to fellow blogger thingsmybellylikes (great blog by the way…you should check it out) that you leave bad husbands behind…not food! Anyway, she thought my motto was brilliant and is planning on stealing the idea, devising a wonderful marketing plan, printing T.Shirts, making millions and retiring to Maui…I swear she did…I have her devious plan in writing!
If you see someone walking around with that T.Shirt on you will know it’s her. If you want to know the type of person who would do such a thing…check out her blog…devising devious plans are not the only thing she is good at…she’s quite a good cook too!
Yorkshire Puddings are best made while your beef is resting so you can turn the oven up really high and spoon in some of the fat from the roast and add your canola oil and place in the oven to smoking temperature and then add the batter and place back in the oven.
- 125ml (1/2 cup) canola oil
- 115g (3/4 cup) plain flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 eggs, lightly whisked
- 300ml milk
Preheat oven to 200°C. Pour 1 tbs of oil into six 80ml (1/3 cup) capacity muffin pans. Place in preheated oven for 5 minutes or until oil is hot.
Combine the flour and salt in a bowl. Add the egg and use a balloon whisk to whisk until combined. Gradually add the milk in a thin steady stream and whisk until smooth. Pour batter among the hot muffin pans. Bake in oven for 20 minutes or until puffed and golden brown.