I watch a lot of TV. And I really do mean a lot. Not so much when I was growing up as my folks were firm about us kids not watching much TV. I think we were allowed one programme a day on weekdays and not much more on weekends. It was only during school holidays that we had the chance to binge on TV.
Now, I watch TV all the time and thankfully, it’s a part of my job. Now, I have to watch TV. The good, the bad … I have to know whats out there.
OK. What’s this got to do with food?
Well, apart from the plot and storylines, the witty dialogue and clever repartee, i am also attracted to the food on TV. And I am not talking bout the programmes on the Asian Food Channel.
An example, I love Friends and still laugh out loud everytime Astro repeats a repeat of a repeat of an episode. Love the characters, love the humour. But I also love the food. I often imagine having Monica’s job.
Since I watch a lot of American TV, I have always been fascinated by American staples: Roast, Mac ‘n Cheese, Apple Pie and even Chinese Take Away! (Would you believe that when I was in NYC early this year I bought myself several of the cardboard take away cartons — like the ones you see on TV — from a Chinese food shop!!).
The one dish I have been dying to try is Meatloaf. The idea of meat in the form of a loaf: cool, right?
I decided to try it early this year. I found a recipe from Martha Stewart (all hail the grand dame) and made a beef meat loaf (the real meat, not the mock stuff, for my strictly non vegetarian partner) and a chicken meat loaf.
And now I want to try a vegetarian meat loaf.
I regret to say my first attempt was not quite successful. The taste was good but the texture too soft. I used tofu as the main ingredient and added some mushroom, peas, potatoes, breadcrumbs, cheese and seasoning.
My mission this week or so is to make the perfect vegetarian meatloaf and, pray indulge, I will record my progress.
Here’s wishing me luck.