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Friday, February 12, 2010

Meat loaf

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:)


  1. Recipe sounds nice,i dont eat beef but surely will try with chicken....looks nice and a very happy valentine and have a great weekend as well..take care

  2. Looks good! And gravy with Marmite? That's an interesting twist.

  3. Mmm...very creative using Marmite sauce!

  4. This looks excellent! I love meatloaf. It's such a comfort meal.

  5. That looks delicious! Thank you!

  6. Ummmm, I want to nibble at that crusty topping.

  7. scrumptious meat loaf...yummmm .Hope you had a beautiful V day

  8. Juicy meatloaf with the crisp topping tastes excellent.

  9. I love meatloaf and that looks so delicious!I'm going to make this soon!thanks.

  10. Your meatloaf looks delicious. Great comfort food.

  11. meat loaf...this looks cool. You had asked
    1. what are the best fishes for curries
    2. For my fish and mango recipe if I used ripe or sour mango.

    The first answer I will have to give you an update in detail later in a post. For the second question I used raw, sour mango.

  12. i love meat load this is really cool yaar

  13. This is one of those things I would just wanna hide from when my mom made it as a kid... I still don't get much into it and I think my daughter is happy I don't make her eat it, lol ... but it does look like a good one :)

  14. Thanks :) We've been trying meatloaf a lot lately! Yours looks great. We love cumin and soy sauce, such great flavors in yours, have to try it! My DH loves meatloaf.


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