Banana Meatloaf

Have you wanted to experiment with bananas, but perhaps felt a little too shy? Does the thought of putting a banana inside anything other than a cake make you blush?

Well stop right now, because it’s time to take control.

It’s time to Be Bold With Bananas!

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This adventurous little book was produced especially for (surprise!) Banana Importers Ltd., Wellington, and contains lots of recipes for things that shouldn’t have bananas in them, with bananas in them. Things like Banana and Fish Salad, Banana Mince Paella and one genuinely obscene “table ornament” which I will make once we’ve gotten know eachother a little better.

What drew me to the Banana Meatloaf in particular was the presentation:

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Where is the banana you ask? It’s mashed in with the mince. And yes, that is a hard-boiled egg inside the meatloaf and yes, that is a lemon and pimento-stuffed olive garnish. Looks pretty fancy, hey? Bet you don’t think I could make one that good?

Well check this out, motherf***ers

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BOOM!

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OK so the mince is a bit lumpy and I didn’t cut it quite right, but it’s pretty close to the original eh? eh?

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Spot the difference

I was so chuffed with my handiwork that I didn’t want to eat it straight away. First I instagrammed it with the “1977” filter, then texted the picture to everybody on my contacts list, then just sort of sat back and reflected on what a great housewife I could have been if only I hadn’t been born in this godforsaken era of flat-leafed parsley and equality.

And then I tried it, and I can honestly tell you it tasted…. Fine. Like sweetish meatloaf that had been in the same lunchbox as a banana, but wrapped so tightly that you might have just been imagining the flavour infiltration.

Not convinced? Well just look at these pictures of Finn eating it. He is loving it:

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Thanks to my pal Jerry  – yes, of Jerry’s Celebrity Treasure Island fame – for sharing this beautiful book with me. Without it I might still be timidly putting my bananas into cakes, on top of cereal, or even just eating them raw. In other words, without it I might never have been BOLD!

4 thoughts on “Banana Meatloaf

    • Optical illusion (she said smugly). It actually took me a ages to work out if the olives were inside the meatloaf or just a garnish – either way we can all agree they look great.

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