“Meatloaf” from “Tom Kerridge’s Best Ever Dishes”

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMaureen: I thought this would please everyone. Meatloaf!

Tim: I thought there was supposed to be onion rings with this recipe.

Maureen: Technically, yes. But when I saw in the ingredient list that I needed my own pickle liquor, I opted out.

Tim: That’s too bad.

Maureen: So says you, who wouldn’t have to make the pickle liquor. I think what this cookbook wants to do is elevate the every day dishes, but that’s just never going to happen if I need to make pickle liquor first. What do you think of this?

Tim: It’s very spicy.

Maureen: That would be all the tabasco. It really gives it a kick.

Nicholas (11): I don’t like it. It’s too spicy for me.

Andrew (15): It’s good, but I like our regular meatloaf more.

Maureen: I like that it’s different, and I also like the spiciness, but I’m not sure it’s a lot better than our usual meatloaf.

Tim: Was it difficult to make?

Maureen: Well, no, but that’s also because I didn’t exactly follow the recipe. I had already committed to making it when I started reading the directions, so I saw that I had to mix the meat together the night before and have it sit for a day. I didn’t do that. I also didn’t allow the meatloaf to rest in the refrigerator for an hour before cooking it, like the recipe said, because I also discovered that direction too late.

Tim: I think the ingredients needed more time to coalesce.

Maureen: You have got to be kidding me.

Tim: I am.

Maureen: It might have made it better, but it wouldn’t have made it 1000 times better. Should I make this again?

Nicholas: I think you should make our usual meatloaf the next time.

Andrew: I agree.




“Meatloaf” from “Tom Kerridge’s Best Ever Dishes”

“Meatzza” from “Nigellissima”

Want to try the Meatzza yourself? The recipe can be found on the Nigella Lawson website by clicking through on this link.

Maureen: So I think this is like a meatloaf, but in the shape of a pizza. What do you think?

Nicholas (9): Is this from the new cookbook?

Maureen: Yes. Nigella’s latest tome, which is all Italian cooking. I think we will enjoy this month.

Andrew (Now 13! Happy Birthday!): It’s OK. These are two things that don’t need to go together. They work fine together, but I don’t see the point. Either have pizza or have meatloaf. Why make it one thing?

Nicholas: I think it’s AMAZING. It’s like a meatloaf, but with the added tomato sauce and cheese on top. Delicious.

Maureen: I’m with Nicholas on this one. I think it’s good, and I suspect that I will make it again.

Andrew: Don’t get me wrong. It’s good, but it’s not my favourite.

Maureen: I don’t know, with time it might become your favourite.

Andrew: Nah.

Tim: I’m with Andrew on this one. I don’t see the point of this.

Maureen: What do you mean? It’s not meatloaf, it’s not pizza: It’s meatzza!

Tim: Nope. Not buying it.

Maureen: A house divided on the Meatzza. Controversial.

“Meatzza” from “Nigellissima”

“Meatloaf” and “Heavenly Potatoes” from “Feast”

Maureen (looking at Andrew’s plate): You must have liked the meatloaf!

Andrew (12): Yes, it was nice. Please can I have some more?

Nicholas (8): Me too, please. Have you ever made this before?

Maureen: No.

Tim: I think it’s much nicer than the meatloaf that you usually make.

Maureen: The one I usually make is much more plain, with the only exotic thing about it the mixture of beef and pork mince. In this version, I like the egg in the middle, and I wasn’t sure about that initially. Also, in this version, you get pork by whizzing up streaky bacon, which is very clever.

Maureen: What do you think of the potatoes (pictured above, right)?

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“Meatloaf” and “Heavenly Potatoes” from “Feast”