After a night of temperature down to -10° C a skin of thin ice covered the lake next to land this morning.
Now the snow is whirling, wet and sharp against the face and a stiff northerly wind is whipping up whitecaps on the graphite grey lake.
We’re back in Paradise for a few days to enjoy the last days of vibrant autumn colors. Too late though, and even if today’s snow is just a teaser and might be gone by tomorrow we know winter is lurking around the corner. For Devoted Husband the weather is never a problem – we have a saying in Sweden that translated goes “there’s no bad weather, just bad clothes” – so he just wandered off with his camera to get some nice white winter shots. I, though, prefer to stay indoors and curl up on the couch by the fire enjoying a nice mug of hot cocoa and start thinking about dinner.
This is one of those days that makes you yearn for a hearty, warming stew. Unfortunately I don’t have the ingredients needed for something like a boeuf bourguignon or a coq au vin. All I can come up with right now is a juicy meatloaf wrapped in bacon, but I know he’ll love that just as much when he gets back.
Juicy meatloaf wrapped in bacon
- 800 – 1000 grams ground meat
- 1 pkg bacon (140 grams)
- 1 egg
- 100 ml milk
- 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 2 tsp salt
- 3 pinches of black pepper
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 large yellow onion, coarsely grated
- 1-2 carrots (130 grams), coarsely grated
- 1-2 potatoes (130 grams), coarsely grated
- 1-2 apples (150 grams), coarsely grated
- 1 tbsp Chinese soy sauce for brushing
- 2 tbsp finely chopped parsley for garnish (optional)
- 100 ml beef stock (water + stock cube)
Preheat oven to 200° C.
- Peel and grate onions, carrots, potatoes and apples coarsely.
- In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except bacon, beef stock and soy sauce.
- Form into a loaf and brush with soy sauce.
- Put into an ovenproof dish, cover the loaf crosswise with slices of bacon and carefully fold them underneath the edges.
- Bake the meatloaf in the oven for 20 minutes, then add beef stock to the dish and scoop some of it over the meatloaf.
- Continue to bake for another 40 minutes or until inner temperature reaches 75° C.
Garnish with chopped parsley and serve with a broccoli and bean sallad, pickled cucumber, lingon berry or cranberry jam and your favorite gravy, with or without cream.