Into Each Life a Little Meatloaf Must Fall – Bob Savage
No matter how you scrub him up, dress him nice … Marvin Lee Aday remains entrenched in people’s minds as Meat Loaf, whose inexplicable popularity has led to his legendary status. It’s said he doesn’t eat meatloaf and was a vegetarian for fifteen years, before reverting to an omnivore diet and now rates pork chops as his favourite food.
I don’t care much for the man, his songs or his culinary namesake. For me there is no poetry in meatloaf and I don’t care much for cooking without poetry. Still, having said that, I am committed to a project in which I am formulating weekday dinners for families and must come to terms with the fact that many people are not fortunate to have the time to indulge in poetry on a daily basis.
Hence my presented task; to make an easy meatloaf recipe to serve a family of four.
1 packet lean beef mince
1 tablespoon sambal oelek (less if you have a spice-sensitive palate)
1 teaspoon each garlic and ginger
2 tablespoons chopped chives
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
¾ cup of dried breadcrumbs
Salt and pepper to taste.
Combine all ingredients, place in a greased, medium-sized bread pan and bake at 180C for 45-55 minutes, until browned and set.
Serve with mashed potatoes and a creamy green peppercorn sauce, or a tomato-based sauce, or brown onion gravy.
It’s not musical, but it serves its purpose.
As Mister Aday would probably say, it is what it is.