Before I commence I would like to bitch and moan. I have been blogging for something like 3 1/2 years. WordPress is easy and straightforward. You write some blurb. Then you open the file of photos you have to hand and just drag them into the media loader.
When I got a Mac last year it got even easier. It let you drag a photo straight into the text. Couldn’t be easier. Then last month Apple buggered about with the photo app and now I can’t drag anything into anything. I feel like throwing the whole lot in the bin. But I am sucked in. I’m paying WordPress $99 a year for some reason. I’m paying Apple £3 a month for iCloud and I don’t even know what the hell for. I just paid Microsoft £108 to use Word on a Mac which I don’t need but feel compelled to have ‘just in case’.
So I can’t really throw anything in the bin. And if anyone can throw me a bone here, so to speak, explain how to make everything work nice and easy like it used to (in the good old days) then please do let me know…
Anywhoooooo. Meatloaf. Never made one but they look so damned tasty I had to give it a go…
Eagle-eyed readers might at this point be wondering why I am complaining about not being able to insert pictures into a post when I obviously just did. Well its a ‘work-around’. I do it all the time at work. It’s a bodge. A make-do.
For this particular meatloaf we’ll be serving with a homemade BBQ sauce. And some extremely unhealthy carrots. And a bit of mash.
- 1lb beef mince
- 1lb pork mince
- 16 or so rashers of bacon (good and streaky, none of that back stuff)
- bunch thyme
- bunch flat leaf parsley
- slice soda bread
- 2 eggs
- 2 onions
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 tsp mustard powder
- salt and pepper
- 2 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
- 1/4 cup milk
Firstly whizz the bread in a food processor. Add the milk to the crumb and let it soak in.
Now combine the bread with all the other ingredients…
Now the fun bit. Purloin a 2 pint loaf tin and line it with bacon. Just reading that makes my mouth water…
Press the meaty contents into the tin…
Finally wrap the ends of the bacon over the meatiness to seal it in nicely…
It looks good enough to eat and it isn’t even cooked! Wrap with foil and bake in the oven for about 1 1/2 hours at 160 centigrade.
Meanwhile you can get the carrots ready. Peel some large carrots but leave them whole. Get a large pan and bring some water to the boil. Add a massive amount of butter, a tbsp of salt and a tbsp of sugar and a couple of star anise to the pan and reduce to a simmer. Add the carrots and cook slowly for about 40 mins…
Mmm. Carrots. Now remove the meatloaf from the oven.
(I think I stuck under the grill for a couple of mins to brown it up a bit). Looks promising anyway. I made a homemade BBQ sauce which was okay but looked a bit too much like a lumpy tomato sauce but tasted good.
Unsurprisingly this didn’t last long. The addition of potatoes and carrots might seem counter-intuitive to a good old-fashioned meatfeast but it kind of created an all-around comfort food winner…
So if the ‘interweb’, ‘social media’, ‘connectivity’ and myriad other ‘modern’ irritations get too much, well just make this ‘old-fashioned’, ‘traditional’, ‘faire’. It’s much tastier than Facebook, and less pointless than Twitter….