Thursday, September 20, 2007

No more boring meatloaf!

After 4 weeks of reading on a really dry area of my research, that draft appears to be completed. I say "appears" because I have a sneaking suspicion that there will many other add ons or editing done before the final version is completed. Even so, I'm beginning to feel the mental tiredness that one gets staring at the screen and trying to make coherent sense of the message I'm trying to get across.

Hence the reason for my multiple postings lately. Ask any postgraduate student and they will probably say that writing up can be quite isolating. So Facebook, emails and blogging are my other sources of social contact to the outside world! LOL Ok, I'm exaggerating a little.

I have always say that cooking and baking relaxes me. It's great stuff. Very therapeutic. Hence blogging about food works in a similar way too. It creates another obsession outside of the work I'm doing. Something to take my mind off. In fact, I always find myself writing better after a good baking session.

OoPS. I digressed!

One can get alot of inspiration from other bloggers. It's a whole new cooking playground out here. SO MUCH fun, so much discussion..and generous food bloggers are more than willing to share recipes and tips. I adapted this meatloaf recipe from Food pornographer. It's really clear so have a look if you would like to make it too!!! Honestly, it's good stuff. Everyone should have a good meatloaf recipe.

I didn't have turkey mince so I used 600grams of pork mince instead. I used packaged spicy breadcrumbs and was really generous with celery pieces. Also, I added wholegrain mustard as I did not have dry mustard powder on hand. I also turned the heat up to about 200C and baked for 35 mins instead of 1 hr.

I served this with steamed vegetables. The dressing I used contained sesame seeds (i love sesame seeds..haha), mirin and plum sauce.

No more boring meatloaf! Bring in the fun bits- I call this the surprise meatloaf with the egg as the surprise. Definitely a good addition. Who would have thought a humble egg could add such a dimension to meatloaf?


AR said...

The eggs in the middle certainly makes it interesting when eating... Biting into the egg does gives the meatloaf a whole new different dimension! You can't deny that it looks really good too! :)

Kelly Mahoney said...

I would have never thought to have a whole egg in meatloaf.

And I agree with you, postgrad work must be lonely. As a grad student, it's hard to meet people, even within my own program. I even lived in grad housing and didn't really meet anyone in the building. Good luck!

Oh for the love of food! said...

Hi Daphne, I always think if you have eggs in the fridge, you have a meal! It's one of the most used ingredients in my cooking and so i always stock up to make sure I never run out.

WokandSpoon said...

Hello there! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm enjoying yours! I love the egg surprise in the middle of the meatloaf!

daphne said...

ar- yes!! it's different from "normal" meatloaf isnt it?

Kelly- one needs to have somesort of obession to do postgrad I think.. To get the job done! LOL.

Carol-I'm so with you on that one! hehe..

wok and spoon- your blog is fab. Thanks for coming by toO!! =)

East Meets West Kitchen said...

What a fun meatloaf!

daphne said...

East meets West Kitchen- OH YEAH! hehee.. try it. It's really cool.

tfp said...

Excellent, I'm so pleased you gave it a go and it worked out so well! Your steamed vegies look good too.

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