Saturday, April 18, 2015

Of Perry the Platypus and Meatloaf

One of my guilty pleasures is watching Phineas and Ferb.

Its tongue in cheek humor is hilarious, the fantastical storylines engaging, and the characters are very likable not to mention cute. Perry the Platypus is my favorite. The invincible, oftentimes sarcastic, secret agent nemesis of the "evil" Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz, reminds me of the movie, Dogma which bore the tagline: "Even God has a sense of humor. Just look at the Platypus." Methinks the creators of this cartoon took this line to heart and quite simply ran with it.

Now for the meatloaf. One episode of Phineas and Ferb takes place in a meatloaf festival. In this episode, Jamie Oliver guest stars-- both his cartoon self and his voice-- as a judge in said festival. It's a riot. Go watch.

After watching this episode I felt a strong urge to make meatloaf. Never made meatloaf before but since I did have some leftover sourdough bread that is otherwise petrifying in the ref, I figured it was about time I tried my hand in making one. Good thing it was easy.



For meatloaf
1/2 kilo ground beef (round)
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 onion, chopped
1 small bell pepper, chopped
1/4 cup parsley, chopped
1 egg, lightly beaten
3 tbsps canned diced tomatoes, juice drained
1 cup cubed sourdough bread (about 2 slices)
1 cup milk

For topping
1/3 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon prepared mustard


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Combine all ingredients for topping and mix well. Set aside.

Combine all ingredients for meatloaf and place in a baking pan. Shape into a loaf. Spread topping evenly over meatloaf and place in preheated oven. Bake for 1 hour.

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