Today was a typical Saturday at home. Woke up around 10, stayed in PJs until 1. Did some laundry, did some homework checking (still a teacher, even on weekends) and did some major relaxing.
Listening to my brother playing the piano and guitar is always a treat and instantly makes me feel at home. Last year he was travelling through Australia and I immensely missed his music.
(don't mind his foul language at the end of the second video, lol)
I went into town with my mom, which is always a treat. Again and again, she tries to give me all sorts of stuff. Clothes, kitchenware, magazines... Today's score was a grey scarf from HEMA, a fake bouquet of roses and some toiletries. She also gave me lots of her old clothes that she doesn't wear any more, such as knitted cardigans which serve perfectly as work-outfits.
We also love to go to the grocery store together. Today being Saturday, I told her I had to cook something American.
So I took the American cookbook my mom owns (which is an amazing cookbook!) and browsed through it.
My mom suggested meat loaf. Fine by me. I cooked it a few weeks ago with peas in it and mashed potatoes on the side, but decided to make a simpler version for today. Regular meat loaf with baked potatoes with sour cream, chives and bacon bits, and a salad with homemade croutons. As I couldn't really find a recipe in the cookbook, I decided to make up my own version. And it worked perfectly. It was delicious!
Here's the recipe for 8 people (2 meatloafs)...yes told you we are a big family:
1500 gr. ground beef
100 gr. breadcrumbs
salt, pepper, garlic powder
(and I think the baked potatoes and salad are pretty much self-explanatory)
Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees (Celcius). Chop the onion and sautee until goldenbrown. Mix the ground beef, eggs, onion, salt, pepper and garlic powder in a big bowl and knead with your hands (watch out: the beef is cold, whilst the onion can be quite hot = interesting effect).
Add the breadcrumbs and knead until you have a solid mixture. Place the meat mixture into two greased cake tins and add some breadcrumbs on the top. Bake in the oven for about 1 hour.
My family loved it :-)
(although they do think that this blog is the ultimate cheesefest..which I have to admit is true)