Here is the recipe for the Mock Meat Loaf.

Classic Mock Meat Loaf
Serves 6

  • 9 slices (8 ounces) whole wheat bread
  • 2 cups walnuts
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 medium onions, diced
  • 1 small green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 small celery rib, minched
  • 1 small bunch parsley, chopped
  • 2/3 cup canned crushed tomatoes or 16 ounce can diced tomatoes WELL-DRAINED
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • pepper

1    Toast the bread slices either in the toaster or on a baking sheet placed under the broiler. Let cool.
2    Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Generously butter a 9X5-inch loaf pan, then line the bottom with wax paper and butter the paper.
3    Tear up the toasted bread slices and make crumbs out of them in a food processor. Place in a large bowl.
4    Process the walnuts until finely ground and mix into the bread crumbs. Combine the eggs and onions in the processor and process until fine but not liquefied. Stir into the bread crumbs. Place the green pepper, celery, prsley, tomatoes, and oil in the processor and grind until fine but still with some texture. Stir into the loaf mixture along with the poultry seasoning, salt and pepper. Mix this all very well until evenly moistened. (The mixture may be prepared to this point and refrigerated up to 8 hours in advance.) Scrape it into the prepared loaf pan and smooth over the top. Cover the loaf with foil.
5    Bake 1 hour and 20 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center of the loaf comes out dry. Let sit 5 minutes, then run a knife all along the sides of the loaf to help loosen it. Unmold the loaf onto a platter and remove the wax paper. Let the loaf cool 20 minutes or so before slicing it. It’s best to serve the loaf warm and the gravy hot. Serve with Mushroom Gravy. (below)

Mushroom Gravy

  • 4 Tbs butter
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) thinly sliced mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 1/2 cups vegetable stock or boullion
  • 1/4 cup dry red wine
  • 2 Tbs soy sauce
  • pepper to taste

Saute mushrooms in butter, stir in flour and cook, stir in liquid and heat until thick.


I also spent about half an hour posting about wedding anniversaries (Charlie and I both forgot ours this year), but I clucked when I should have clicked and totally lost it. No draft, no nothing. Oh, well. Such is life.


writing prompt: One of your characters misses an important anniversary/birthday/occasion. What are the consequences? If there are none, what’s the upshot of THAT?