Whenever I ask mon mari if there is anything he would like for dinner in the near future his answer is always the same:
Meat Loaf if it’s winter; Barbecued Chicken if it’s summer
Really…. I have no idea why I ask him. Maybe I keep hoping for a surprise.
As it’s winter I made meat loaf.
As we are only two there is always too much.
I have learned that having leftovers is the point: Meat Loaf Sandwiches!
Making 4 small loaves is perfect: we each have one for dinner; he has one for a few days worth of sandwiches and the 4th goes into the freezer for more sandwiches in a week or two.
You can easily make one large loaf (bake for 60 minutes), or you could freeze 2 of them before baking. To bake from the freezer just unwrap and bake for 45 – 55 minutes.
Mini Meat Loaves
Total time: 45 minutes
- 16oz (480gr) ground beef (mince)
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup bread crumbs
- 3 tbs ketchup
- 2 tbs Dijon-style mustard
- 3 tbs red wine
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 1/2 tsp celery salt
- 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 2; save 2.
My site hosting contract is up for renewal.
I realized I have been writing this blog for 12 years. I started on Feb. 2, 2006.
That’s a lot of posts (over 2300), a lot of recipes, and a long time.
Blogging is a lot more work than it was back then, in the olden days.
I started thinking about it all…..
Dangerous territory, I know.
I signed into Old Reader, which took the place of… whatever reader I used before – Google reader I think, but it has been awhile.
Anyway, I had a look at all the blogs I used to read on a regular basis – back when I used to read a lot of blogs on a regular basis.
Half of them no longer posted.
A few stopped in 2011, a few more in 2012, then they started dropping off faster.
Some still existed, with posts and recipes still accessible; others were simply ‘not found’.
Some had final ‘So long and thanks for all the fish‘ posts, stating their reasons for stopping; many did not.
Some had tapered off from daily to weekly to monthly to nothing.
Almost all of them posted like I do: a recipe, a photo or 2 of the food, and a bit of life.
I’m not interested in posting a recipe with a dozen photos showing how to cut an onion, stir a pot, what a raw carrot looks like, and so on, but a just a recipe with a single photo is just not up to Google Search standards / requirements.
But, at the moment, my life is gray and boring – or is that just the weather?
But, at the moment, I have a lot of new recipes to post.
So I compromised with me: I’ll post the recipes – with interesting life bits when they happen and re-post food tips / history / knowledge stuff when they don’t.
In a few weeks the weather warms up, the sun comes out, the days are longer and life starts to get interesting again.
I renewed my site hosting contract for another year.