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I did make one menu change yesterday whose recipe wasn’t fed to me by an iPhone app. This one’s a cherished family heirloom handed down over the generations. It comes from my father’s side of the family.
In the mid 19th century Declan Murray was a poor peat gatherer in the rural north of Scotland, and his wife, Pietra, was a fashion model for Charles Frederick Worth in Paris, or at least she was, up until the loom fire of ‘57 more or less robbed her of a career. The pair met at a shepherding competition and immediately and quite thoroughly fell in love.
Declan was a large and very powerful man, a determined worker by nature and the owner of a ferocious appetite. To reward him for gathering double his peat quota nearly each and every day, the local distillery would quietly furnish him with a mixture of ground beef, sweet Italian sausage and chorizo. Pietra would then bake this into a loaf with a hard boiled egg at its center.
As the recipe passed from one generation to the next, it evolved slightly. When it arrived in South Carolina, my own parents added pimento cheese grits and a zippy little sauce of tomato, vinegar, dry mustard, brown sugar and bacon fat. For my part, I chose to garnish it with watercress. This meatloaf serves just one hungry customer.