Mini Meat Loaves, The Weekly Menu Plan, and FOWP

Mini Meat Loaves

FOWP

Fear of White Paper

It's an artist term, referring to the moment when one is looking at a brand new, squeaky clean, canvas or vellum, crayon or brush in hand, terrified to make that first, irretrievable mark.

This morning I am suffering from FOWS: Fear of White Screen.

Usually, I sign in to my blog, and start typing. 

The words come, not always flowing… sometimes just leaking.

Not always good words, not always eloquent words, but words, nonetheless.

This morning the words are gone.

Well, not gone, exactly.

There are lots of words spinning and colliding in my mind.  They just don't want to follow the path through my fingers to the screen.

Words like: How is it possible that we could buy a house that doesn't have any water?

How could the people that should know, not know, that there is no 'mains' water?

How could the people that should know, not know, that the well is on the bit of property that wasn't for sale? 

And isn't for sale?  Or, maybe is for large sums of money….

We asked all the right questions.  We just didn't get the right answers.

The same thing happened when we bought the house we are selling.  That's why we're selling.

We were very careful this time, or so we thought.  We checked all the difficult, complicated stuff (we think).

We got tripped up by the easy stuff.

It's a casual question that gets asked: As one is walking up to the front door, with the estate agent, one says: 'Mains sewer and water?  One's agent says: ' Septic system, needs replacing; mains water.'

And that's that!

Simple.

Or should have been.

Mon mari was down yesterday, to clean the barn for our furniture to be moved in.  The neighbor stopped by and they got to chatting.  That's how he found out about the well.  And the lack of mains.

He raced off to see the estate agent.  Phone calls were made; the facts sorted.

Fortunately, the neighbor has mains water, which means that the pipe is there, we just need to run the bit out from our house and connect.

Simple.

But it would have been ever so much nicer if we'd known.

Still, at least we found out now, a whole two weeks before we move.

It's a bit worrying, though.  How does one find out about things that one doesn't know one doesn't know?

Guess my FOWS is cured….

My mind is still a muddle, though….   A worried muddle……

Maybe some comfort food is in order.

Mini Meat Loaf

Mini Meat Loaves
Great meat loaf taste in a small package. You can cut this recipe in half (except for the egg) or make it in one large loaf (bake for 60 minutes). You can also make them ahead and freeze. To bake from freezer, unwrap and bake for 45 – 55 minutes. You could use ground turkey or any combination of beef, pork, turkey or chicken.

1 lb (450 gr) ground beef (mince)  Mini Meat Loaf, Sliced
1 egg
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/3 cup milk
1/4 cup ketchup
1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
1 tbs Dijon-style mustard
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 tbs dried onion flakes
8oz (250ml) tomato sauce

In large bowl lightly beat egg. Add all of the rest of the ingredients except beef and tomato sauce and mix well. Add beef and mix well – best to use your hand, kneading it like bread dough. Shape into 4 loaves and put into a large 9 X 13 baking pan, spacing evenly. Bake at 400F (200C) for 20 minutes. Remove and pour tomato sauce evenly over all 4 loaves. Bake 15 minutes longer or until done. Remove. Slice and serve.

In addition to the above, for the week of September 19 we have Sole with Lemon, Tomato Pastries, Carrot and Basmati Gratin, Lamb Chops with Rosemary Butter, one more zucchini recipe…

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11 thoughts on “Mini Meat Loaves, The Weekly Menu Plan, and FOWP”

  1. There’s always wine, but one cannot clean with it….
    Amazing story – The realtors don’t have an info sheet with all this sort of info? One must seek it out like a detective?
    Looks like a website opportunity for someone (maybe you) – create a checklist for the aspiring French homebuyer.
    Glad you did not find it out on moving day.
    Nice meatloaf.

  2. Oh Katie, what a thing – I hope it won’t end up costing you all your decorating budget. And that you can get the pipe in before you move.
    Comfort food … meatloaf for Americans, shepherd’s pie perhaps for the English. Looks great
    Hugs
    Joanna

  3. These kind of things drive me crazy! I’m so sorry it happened to you! I would be NAACB (Nervous As Anyone Could Be).
    Moving from one house to another is so stresfull… you don’t need that plus!
    Let’s cook comfort food. Hand me a plate of your delicious meat loves?

  4. TBTAM, the whole realty thing is not quite as organised here… and, people can ‘forget’ the details… or interpret them differently. A bathroom, in one place we looked at was nothing more than a toilet in the bedroom.
    Joanna, fortunately we have planned on renting a cottage for a bit, as the bathroom and floors need to be done before we can move in.
    Nuria, it can be a bit stressful… or, maybe, a lot stressful!!
    Zoomie, I didn’t dare give you my actual ‘words’ hahaha

  5. You know you really stop me stone cold with that one. It matters not – buy, sell, build if it’s a house and you haven’t done it over a hundred times (and who has) it’s those innocent things that would never occur to a person to ask. I guess that’s the old assume issue ;0)
    The mini meat loaves are beautifully perfect.

  6. Oh dear…..It’s so easy to think you’ve asked the right question, and then discover that the answer was just a shade off. But there are always those kinds of things when buying a house. You could let it drive you crazy, or you could make mini meat loaves.
    I love the mini meat loaves – they’re adorable!!!

  7. Oh my. I don’t think I could be quite so philosophical about it as you are. Hope it will turn out okay in the end. Eat meat loaf, I know it will help!

  8. Tanna, we just have to accept that it’s a bit of a crap-shoot! And hope for the best.
    Toni, especially when we’re speaking different languages.
    Kaly, no choice but to be philosophical!

  9. OMG, that’s kind of fundamental, isn’t it?? Surely that’s misrepresentation?? Probably the French legal system does not know the concept…! Hope it all gets sorted out and you don’t spend your first days in the new house dehydrated and grubby…
    These look like my moms frikkadels!

  10. Jeanne, We’ve rented a holiday place for a few weeks, while we get the bathroom built and the floors done… Thankfully!!! One has to be very precise with the questions.

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