Sunday, May 30, 2010

Ham Loaf!

So, as promised, ham loaf! This came about because my stepmother sent me enough black forest ham to feed a small army.

2 pounds ground ham
1.5 pounds hamburger
1 can evaporated milk
2 eggs
1 cup bread crumbs
salt, pepper, garlic, etc to taste.

Mix like a meatloaf, and bake for 90 minutes at 350.

The ham loaf is ground ham and hamburger. The original recipe called for ground pork, but I had none, so hamburger it was.
Approximate 2 pounds ground ham. I tossed mine in the Ninja Prep & ground away.
1 pound-ish ground beef. I buy tubes o beef and slice them into equidistant rounds, about 1 to 1.5 pounds a piece.

The sauce was 1 can of cranberry sauce from the back of the pantry, dijon mustard, brown sugar, and vinegar. I put it in a sauce pan and heated it up. It was a sort of "to taste" mixture, maybe a cup of brown sugar and enough vinegar & mustard to make it a nice acid balance. Then I blopped it on the ham loaf and let it bake for about the last 30 minutes or so, and served the loaf with the rest of the sauce. I also tossed in some marischino cherry juice I had in the fridge, and I think this would work with canned pineapple as well, if I ran it though the handy Ninja Prep & swabbed it on the loaf.

You end up with a giant pink loaf of hammy goodness, I wish I'd taken a picture, it was a 4 pound pink monstrosity, but it tasted really good, and my husband ate it, and that's what matters.

Updating my life, or how the heck did I get here from there?

As a former SAHM with to many children and pets, I acquired a job and let my ebay store flounder, sadly, but a steady job is a good thing. However, we recently (like Thursday) discovered that the son will not be having his summer visitation with his mother and so summer day care had to be found in one day. Having secured safe and happy summer care for the child, now we have to figure out how to pay for this. We are currently not running the air except for a few hours in the evening, and I think we are going to have to invest in a fan or two in the interest of not running the a/c at all. The ferrets do not think much of this idea and keep laying on the tile floor looking depressed.
Other items subject to budget cuts include food, no more going out to eat (not that we did that much anyhow) , andy and all descritionary spending, and changing insurance carriers to get a better rate on the car insurance. We have decided to cut back on the grocery shopping and are now trying to get creative with the items in the back of the pantry. You know what I mean, the things you bought god knows when and now have to find a use for rather than buy soemthing new.
So last week I made ham loaf with cranberry mustard. It was remarkably good, especially since my husband hates ham. Hates. Despises. Avoids at all costs. I'll post the receipe later, but it was really really oddly good.