Give it a bloody pizzlin’ this Fathers Day

This meatloaf recipe is one of my regular requests when I go home. Usually Mum is the cook, but this is one recipe that Dad always makes. I guess it’s because this is his Mum’s recipe. There’s always disagreement about how it should be done; Dad and I like it with chunky bits of onion, whereas Mum prefers them cut finely. Majority rules, sorry Mum.

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One of the regular phrases you’ll hear in my parents kitchen is ‘give it a pizzlin’ coming from my Dad. This translates roughly to ‘turn up the heat/cook it until it’s black’. When my husband first met my family, he had to learn to speak my Dad’s dialect. He didn’t understand much at first but could now be considered fluent. If Dad told him to “Go do a recky in the uteractor”, he would know that this means to go check it out in the ute. Want some rice? That’s ‘rice-a-riso’. Why just say rice when you can make it longer and more interesting. Want to have a look at something? That’s ‘gis a geck’. If Dad can’t remember the name of something, he’ll just call it the whose-a-what’s-it-what’s-a-name and somehow Mum will know what he’s referring to while everyone else looks at each other in confusion.

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I’m pretty close with my parents, we talk on the odie-cologne (phone) every couple of days. If I’ve got a problem or I’m not sure what to do about something, there’s no need to worry because I’ll talk to Dad and we’ll ‘get a bloody plan’. A bloody plan fixes everything.

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Now that you know a bit of the language, all you need to do is try the meatloaf and you’re basically part of the family.

Happy Fathers Day!

Em xx

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Grandma’s Meatloaf

Recipe credit: Val Bentley (Grandma)



  • 500g beef mince
  • 500g sausage mince
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup water

Sauce (If you like it saucy, double the quantities below. We do!)

  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup tomato sauce/ketchup
  • 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp vinegar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp instant coffee
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice


Preheat oven to 180°C.

Combine beef mince, sausage mince, breadcrumbs, onion, curry powder, parsley and egg in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Mix well by hand. Add milk and water and mix again by hand until well combined. Shape into a loaf in a greased baking dish. Bake for 35 minutes.

To make the sauce, put all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Simmer for 5 minutes. Pour over the loaf after it has been baking for 35 minutes. Bake for an additional 35 minutes, basting with the sauce frequently.

Serve with mash and veg. Enjoy!

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One Comment Add yours

  1. Looks delicious and very hardy

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