Friday, February 12, 2010
I dont always cook maldivian dishes. This is one of my favourite dishes to make, AFter seeing some on Dishesdone and Erica's meatloaf recipes, both totally different I wanted to make a meat loaf for dinner. So this is last night's dinner. I made the meat loaf from my tried and tested recipe from a book called Around the world in 350 recipes, a great book for some one who has limited experiance with food. Its a great book for someone who is hungry to learn other cuisines, cos its got recipes from, asia, europe , middle east and even american .
So hope you all enjoy it, goes well with great mash potaotes and gravy.
Ingrediants for Meat loaf,( some of the ingrediants I have changed according to my mood and what I have)
500g minced beef
2 slices white sandwich bread made into breadcrumbs ( it makes bout 3/4 cups so use any kind of bread that you have)
1 tsp fresh thyme, chopped ( or use dried mixed herbs)
1 tsp cumin ground
a good pinch of ground black pepper
1 tsp light soy sauce
a table spoon or 2 of ketchup
1/2 tsp mustard ( optional)
1 large egg
1 onion chopped
1. Saute the onion in a frying pan with a little butter or oil, till translucent and just starting to brown.
2. Place everything else in a large mixing bowl, add the sauteed onions, and mix well to combine and it all comes together into a nice big ball. Note : according to the recipe you are not to over mix )
3. you can bake this in a greased loaf tin or just shape it into a oval loaf and place in a oiled baking tray and bake in a preheated oven 200 degree celsius for about 45 minutes till nice and brown on top .
Gravy, I have this really easy gravy recipe from a book based on sausages. Its a really easy one , but its got a secret ingrediant, Marmite. I made it a bit more peppery by adding freshly ground black pepper.
Melt 1 tbsp butter, mix in 1 tbsp flour, and once its mixed stir in a solution made of 1/2 tsp marmite and 250ml water. Stir to cook and thicken the sauce and finally taste add salt and a generous helping of pepper.
Enjoy. Oh and also to those who are celebrating Lunar new year , Gong Xi Fa Cai! Ps why do they give mandarins ?just curious to know , so somebody help me out here:)