So far I've turned out one terrific meatloaf in about 10 tries. This one tastes ok, maybe even good, but not memorable. I don't do scalloped potatoes well either. Anyway, it's simple enough. I caramelized a diced onion and a few cloves of garlic. When cool I added it to 700gm ground beef, 400gm ground pork, half a cup alpine bread crumbs, not enough salt and one or two teaspoons of celery seed. Fern likes celery so I try to get it on every plate. The seeds are for when I forget to buy fresh. They didn't impart the desired flavour in this dish.
I laid a bead of ketchup on the bottom of a bread pan and put the meat on it. More ketchup on top and I laid two strips of bacon across the top. They were unnecessary because I already had pork in it and I couldn't taste the bacon anyway.
The German Butter potatoes were boiled, buttered, salted and served. They were the highlight of the meal.
The broccoli was steamed, cooled and reheated in olive oil. I got them perfect this time and they still didn't taste great. Probably needed more salt.
The bright spot is that the leftover meat loaf is to feed the dog for the weekend, lucky dog.