Have I mentioned that when Archie was in high school he clocked up a number of detentions?
Archie was a drama student and acting was his most favourite subject, if not the only subject he enjoyed.
In Year 12 Archie and his mate, Webb, had roles in a David Williamson play, The Removalists. For their roles they were taught stage fighting, a subject they both loved and became very good at. I’m not sure what role Webb was playing but Archie was playing the role of the boofhead, Ross.
Besides being in the same drama class, Archie and Webb were also in the same rugby team. Prior to the rugby season Archie had been a rower by early morning and The Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance by night. Spent and exhausted he didn’t want to be in a serious rugby team so put himself in the Social Sevenths. As did Webb. This meant that rugby was not to be taken too seriously and was more a fun way to spend a Saturday.
Halfway through the season Archie and Webb were in the middle of a game that others were taking seriously. The opposition scored a try. At that moment, Archie and Webb decided they would put on a display of their newly acquired skills as stage fighters. Fortunately, I wasn’t there, but from what I’ve been told, Archie and Webb began by angrily swearing at each other. Webb then pretended to punch Archie in the head. Archie came back at him, swearing, then punched Webb in the face. Webb bent over and put his hands over his face like he’d been terribly hurt then Archie did a turn and fly-kicked him in the face. Webb threw himself backwards and land on his back on the grass where he lay there like he was either unconscious or dead.
Their act was all done in front of a large audience of mostly parents who were lost for words and standing there in complete shock. One horrified parent rushed onto the field of play and yelled at Archie, ‘What the f… was that?’ He went to grab Archie but the unconscious Webb, thinking perhaps their charade had been a little too life-like, jumped up and said, ‘I’m fine, we’re fine, it was all just a joke’.
Not all spectators have a sense of humour though. Archie and Webb were given detentions and advised to keep their acting skills within the confines of the drama theatre.
Both boys were boarders and meatloaf was a common boarding school dish. Archie didn’t like the meatloaf he was served at school but he didn’t mind this with its tangy tomato sauce. This is very basic fare but wonderful fare for families or those wanting something comforting on a cold night in.
Meatloaf with Tangy Tomato Sauce
Degree of Difficulty: 2/5
Cost: This will feed a family of six for less than $20.00.
- 750gms premium mince
- 1 brown onion, finely diced
- 1 carrot, grated
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1 cup cooked rice or 1 cup dried breadcrumbs
- 1/3 cup tomato sauce
- small handful chopped parsley
- 1/4 cup HP sauce
Tangy Tomato Sauce:
- 2 tbspns olive oil
- 1 brown onion, finely diced
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
- 400gm tinned tomatoes
- 1 tbspn tomato paste
- 1/4 cup malt vinegar
- 1 tbspn brown sugar
Preheat oven to 200C or 180C fan-forced.
Lightly grease a loaf tin with olive oil.
In a medium-sized bowl combine mince, onion, carrot, egg, rice, sauce, parsley and seasoning. Mix with hands until well combined. Place in loaf tin and press down to flatten. Pour HP Sauce over the meatloaf then place in the oven for 40 minutes.
Meanwhile, make the Spicy Tomato Sauce.
In a medium sized saucepan over medium heat, heat olive oil. Add onion and cook until softened. Add garlic and stir, being careful not to burn. Pour in tinned tomatoes, tomato paste, vinegar and sugar.
Simmer for 5 minutes. Taste for seasoning.
Slice meatloaf and spoon tomato sauce over. Serve with steamed baby potatoes and green vegetables.
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