Talking with Jann

Jann Arden gives us the inside scoop on music, food and life's top priorities

LF: What do you do to unwind and relax?

JA: Go to the movies, or my friends and I do dinner parties. I love being outside, going for walks and love to go jogging—I don’t go that fast, but I really like it. Biking, rollerblading. I’m a really shitty tennis player but I really like it. Love going with my mom anywhere; she’s always a riot.

LF: What’s your most prized possession?

JA: A pocketknife, sterling silver, that Leonard Cohen gave me from Tiffany’s.

LF: Favourite travel destination?

JA: My house. ‘Cause I travel so much, I love to go home.

LF: What’s your favourite Arden Diner comfort food recipe?

JA: Meatloaf and the garlic mashed potatoes. It’s good, killer.

LF: Your interests are fairly diverse, from speaking engagements to tours to commercials. What is top priority for you?

JA: Honestly, my career isn’t really a priority. I know that sounds horrible but I really have a pretty great, normal life with my friendships. Meeting up with my band is like going to a high school reunion. Whenever we work we just have so much fun and I try not to take it too seriously. The nature of what we do is to just entertain people. I’ve always said I don’t want to change the world, I just want to entertain it.

On the other hand, I really enjoy the speaking engagements because you engage people and you encourage them to be adventurous in their own lives. And they can look at somebody like me and go, “Oh God, if she can do that…” If fame is good for anything, it’s to lift others and give them a little glimmer of hope.

The Arden’s meatloaf recipe

Don’t live in Calgary? That doesn’t mean you can’t try Jann Arden’s favourite meatloaf. This recipe comes from her comfort food diner, The Arden. Enjoy!

This recipe is for three meatloaves. You can divide it by three to make one loaf or whip up the entire batch and freeze two loaves for later.

9 eggs (whipped with whisk)
5 kg lean ground beef
1 cup HP sauce
1/4 cup Montreal steak spice
1 cup oatmeal
1/4 cup minced garlic
2 whole minced yellow onions
2 cups minced red peppers

Mix all ingredients together and pack tightly into baking pans with parchment paper on the bottom and foil on the top and bake at 350 degrees F for 2 hours. Remove foil and cook at 425 degrees for another 20-25 minutes.