Tuesday, February 15, 2011


I feel like I am really failing at this blog right now. I had all these plans to get back on track and catch up on all the places and dishes that have been exciting me of late but my plans all ended up in the toilet.
Most of my last week was taken up with study when work sent me off on a short course, along with a heavier than usual overtime load. It's been 9 years since I was at Uni (man I feel old saying that) so I am really out of practice. I had forgotten just how much energy intensive classroom learning takes out of you, let alone coming home to study as well. By Friday I was a delirious, sleep deprived mess, though thankfully I passed the certification exam at the end of it all. Actually the exam was a breeze, I kind of felt cheated - all that effort at study for a god damn multiple choice exam!?!?

I spend the weekend in Healesville, so that was a right off too... And so again my blog has been neglected. Then again for the last week, so has cooking... I just simply have not had time for any food preparation that takes more than 5 minutes effort. I still got requests for specific meals, but those requests went pretty much ignored.

The request I half listened to turned out to be one of the best easy meals I have made for a long time. I was asked to make Sloppy Joes. A simple request that I could have acquiesced with a quick trip to the shops. Instead I turned out a dish made from ingredients I had on hand that could cope with under 5 minutes of prep time. The Sloppy Joes turned into what became known as Lazy Meesas

Lazy Meesas makes 4 wraps

  • 1 can refried beans (I used Amy's own black beans with chilli)
  • 1 can diced tomato
  • 200gram falafel, crumbled 
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 2 tspn olive oil
  • Braggs (to taste)
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 avocado
  • Hummus
  • 4 Bread wraps

  1. Oil a saucepan then combine the refried beans, canned tomatoes, felafel, garlic and braggs. Stir thoroughly and allow to heat.
  2. While the bean and falafel mix is heating, dice the 2 tomatoes and avocado. Combine.
  3. Take the bread wraps and spread some hummus down the the centre of each wrap.
  4. Spoon some bean mix over the hummus, and top with some diced tomato mix before rolling the wrap closed.

It's so basic, it hardly seemed worth a recipe, but it turned out really well, and has been requested twice again since!

A question to all you veg bloggers out there, how do you guys all stay so on top of your blogging so well? Do you write a post in one sitting, or over a few sessions? I think part of my issue is how long I spend writing a post. I'm constantly impressed by the quality of the blogs I read from Planet VegMel, and honestly feel that I'm not keeping mine up to scratch.


  1. I don't spend that much time actually preparing posts as you can probably tell from typos grammar etc. It also helps that Toby does most of the cooking. I think gets easier and more natural too as I often think about what I'm going to say when I'm eating. That being said I've lost my blogging mojo many times but it come back. When I did mojo I would write a few posts together because it was either. Sorry for the rambling.

  2. I'm a slow post writer too. Something I'm finding helpful at the moment is to write a few scratchy notes in a draft post while or straight after I've cooked (especially if I've altered the recipe a lot). I tend to sort my photos in a big batch roughly once a week and slot them into drafts. Then I write the text of only one or two posts at a time when I want to publish them.

    The reality for me, though, is that it takes a lot of time! And when I'm having a busy week, I either need posts lined up in advance or the blog just goes quiet. And there's nothing wrong with that.

    Don't be fussin' about some fictional VegMel standard. Just do what works for you. When you're ready to post it'll always appear up top on the Planet!

  3. Thanks for the advice guys :)

    I like the idea of getting a few posts going at once while I have the momentum, and having them lined up ready to go. I'll try doing that over the next month. With the vegan challenge I'm aiming to be more on top of the blogging.