Meatloaf is one of those meals that has been served on Australian dinner tables for decades. Probably because it is easy, fairly cheap to make and feeds the family. Kid friendly and served with a good mash is a hardy, filling dinner. Hiding grated carrot and zucchini in meatloaf is the simplest way that fussy kids won’t be able to taste that they are eating them.
I was first introduced to this dish when my husband and I went on a trip to Japan. Before this trip my husband wasn’t much of a Japanese food eater this was 9 years ago, now we enjoy almost every week. We were also interested in the historic culture Japan so proudly exuded. The friendliness and politeness of the locals made our way around the predominantly non english speaking, ever so populated country much easier and enjoyable. Yet another reason we fell in love with Japan.
When I think of family classic dinners, roast chicken comes straight to mind. I love the fact that you can prepare a whole chook earlier with whatever spices or flavouring you like then leave it to marinade. Then before all the after school craziness or after work fatigue kicks in you have the chicken ready to cook, throw a few veggies in the oven and in 30-40mins you have a delicious family dinner on the table.