Recipes from the past.

Whilst I really enjoy cooking and trying out new recipes, sometimes it is nice to do an old favourite.

This is called ‘Hot meat loaf’ from a book called ‘The Pauper’s Cookbook’ which I first owned in the late 1970’s at university.  My copy was so well used that it fell apart and I managed to buy a replacement copy from the marvellous Barter Books in Alnwick. 


I always play around with the recipe depending on what I have to hand.

 So here I have chopped onion, peppers carrot and mushrooms with the bread soaked with red wine and red wine vinegar.
Then the minced beef is added with seasoning and an egg to bind it all together.  And the sauce is made from tomato ketchup, wine vinegar, Worcester sauce and chilli sauce.

And here are before baking and after baking shots.  (Please excuse th state of the casserole dish, it also dates from the 1970’s!). As you can see it bakes to a nice crust. Or you can cover with a lid and get a runnier sauce.  


Here served with cauliflower cheese, but equally nice with a simple jacket potato.  You could serve side vegetables but not really necessary as there are plenty of veggies in the loaf.

Plus plenty of leftovers.

Friday – baking

A strange start to the day as I woke up and R wasn’t there.  Not unusual in itself, but I called ‘hello’, which usually results in a cup of tea, but no response.  After 10 minutes I went downstairs and couldn’t find him!  Checked upstairs – no.  Looked outside to see that his car was missing and only then did I remember that he was going to Walsall campus to take the Happy Cubes back!

After breakfast I decided to do some baking, so picked a chocolate shortbread recipe for the GBBO book.  Using the mixer I followed the recipe but instead of a dough I got chocolate coloured breadcrumbs.  No idea why.  So I added an egg and put the mixture in a baking tin, and the result was fine.  Also prepared flapjacks mixture but couldn’t cook it until the shortbread was cool enough to turn out.


Chocolate shortbread on the left, and a few of the flapjacks on the right.

Lunch was focaccia and soup which was lovely.  Then baked then flapjacks and went upstairs to crochet.  I finished the dragon egg bag which is very pretty and then found a flowery bag to start, which is quite complex but again pretty.

It is now 7pm and R has gone to choir practice and I will be cooking pizza for dinner shortly.