My penpal and fellow film star recipes fan, Greg of Recipes4Rebels, sent me a meat loaf recipe recently that had raisins in it.  I was a bit alarmed.  Still, as I have discussed here at length previously, we Brits don’t know anything about meat loaf, apart from what we have learned from Joan Crawford and more recently. Jayne Mansfield.


By co-incidence, shortly after Greg’s email arrived, Theodore Bikel floated to the top of my “recipes to test list” and his Glorified Meat Loaf recipe has raisins in it too.  So maybe it’s a “thing”.  This meatloaf was DELICIOUS – as they all seem to be.  Can’t decide which I preferred – Jayne’s or Joan’s or Theodore’s, but there is a massive slab of each in my freezer so maybe I’ll serve a slice of each up to Mr R sometime soon and he can do a taste test.

rsz_img_2183_2Mmmmmmmmmeatloaf!  Can you see the raisins?!

I couldn’t get dehydrated onions so I used these:


which worked well…  I’ve still got loads of them left and in a sort of “freaky eaters” style, I’ve been sprinkling them on top of my peanut butter on toast.  Is that weird?

Theodore Bikel’s Glorified Meat Loaf

2 lbs chopped meat

1 green pepper, cut into small pieces

dehydrated onions, amounting to one or two onions, depending upon one’s taste

1 cup red table wine

1 cup raisins

1 cup seasoned breadcrumbs

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon garlic salt

1 teaspoon seasoning salt

1 egg

Form into loaf, then bake in moderate 325 degrees oven [160 degrees C, gas mark 3] for 45 minutes to one hour.

Thanks Theodore.  I know you best for Columbo, but now perhaps I’ll listen to one of your albums!

Elektra Records album sleeves



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