This week has been busy! Yesterday was a real doozy. Something that keeps me grounded is my cooking.
On Monday evening, my partner came over and we made a meatloaf with mushroom sauce, steamed veg and noodles. It was really good.
- 2x serves of mince (we used 1x roo mince and 1x Adani Kofte-flavoured mince) – about 200g?
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp of Vegemite (or equivalent malt/ yeast spread)
- 4-6 button mushrooms
- 1 tbsp flour
- 1/4x onion
- vegetable stock
- cooking oil
- extra veg, for steaming
- noodles or another carb, to serve
- 1x medium to large mixing bowl
- 2x kitchen spoon/ spatula/ stirrer
- 1x baking tray
- 1x steamer pot
- 1x saucepan
- Mix mince, breadcrumbs, egg and 1 tsp Vegemite in the bowl.
NB. You can add extra flavourings (e.g. mixed herbs, garlic) and/or extra veg (e.g. carrots/ celery/ zucchini, chopped finely), but I had no carrots in the house, and as we were using already-flavoured mince, extras weren’t really needed.
NB#2. The Vegemite tip came from my dad – it gives the meatloaf a really nice subtle “extra” flavour.
- Drizzle a baking tray with oil, or cover it with baking paper. Shape the mince mixture into a rough log/ loaf and place onto the tray, then into the oven it goes. We put it in for 35 minutes.
- Chop the veggies for steaming then place them in the steamer pot. They’ll take about 15 minutes to cook – remember to time it so that they’ll finish at the same time as the meatloaf.
- Prepare the noodles for cooking and time this to the finishing time of the others.
- The last task is to make the mushroom sauce/ gravy. You’ll want to chop up the mushrooms quite finely and dice the onion.
- Put these into a pan over medium heat and let simmer for a few minutes, stirring, until the mushrooms start turning golden. Add either a tsp of Vegemite or a dash of soy sauce in at this point.
- Keep stirring and add a bit of flour, then veggie stock, then flour, then stock. Do this until you’ve reached your desired consistency, depending on whether you’re making a sauce or a gravy.
- When everything is ready, serve it up and dig in!