As I prepared the recipe, I played our recently purchased Susan Boyle
Boyle, of course, is unique because of her story. She came onstage at Britain's Got Talent in all her bizarre frumpiness and promptly "rocked this joint" (her words, I believe). She does have a great voice, but we all fell in love with her story because that's the way it works. It fits with what Cuppa has been telling me about her latest read,
A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future by Daniel H Pink who believes that having a story and telling it will be key to success. Well, Susan Boyle is a story, and she is being quite successful these days. She made it onto Queen Oprah's show for goodness sakes.
After getting the tourtiere in the oven (are you following my thought shifts alright?), I prepared my own meat loaf. It's the only recipe that I can only lay claim to creating rather than simply following, and even then I only tweaked an old recipe from the Red Roses cookbook. My mother had this book and gave Cuppa and updated version when we wed, and I think Cuppa passed an even more updated version onto the kids, but I may be mistaken, and since she's out at the hair salon becoming even more stunningly beautiful, I can hardly confirm it.
Shifting back to the CD .... although it's not my usual thing, I enjoyed Susan's fine voice and gentle delivery. It's a good, relaxing background mix in my opinion, but the songs are older classics, so if you're into contemporary top 40, it ain't for you. Oddly, there are two religious songs in there, which I don't mind but some might, as well as (and I find this really odd, but again, I don't mind) Silent Night. While I probably wouldn't play the album a lot (which is not an indictment as such because I don't play any album a lot), I will probably put at least two songs in some playlist or other: her BGT original, I Dreamed A Dream and Up To The Mountain and perhaps even a few others. Other thoughts: although I wouldn't recognize perfect pitch even if it was thrown by Sandy Koufax, Cuppa says that Boyle has it, and we both think that, at least in spots, she sounds Barbara Streisand-ish, which can't be all bad. Or can it?
Another shift ... my meat loaf is really is quite good (considering that it's meat loaf, if you take my meaning), so just in case ...
For the Mix
- 1 egg beaten
- 1 medium onion chopped
- about a half packet of onion soup mix
- about 2 tbsp of relish (be generous)
- several tbsp of plum sauce (or more)
- a little salt and pepper
- some beef seasoning
- 2 lbs ground beef
- 1/2 cup or slightly more of oats
- 1/4 cup or more of plum sauce
- 1 or 2 tbsp of brown sugar
- 1/4 to 1/2 tsp of dry mustard
- Preheat oven to 350F (180C)
- Combine mix ingredients in a bowl
- Mix beef and oats together
- Combine the two mixes
- Pack into loaf pan (about 9" x 15" or 13cm x 23cm)
- Spread the topping
- Bake 1 1/2 hours or until meat is cooked