Sloppy Joes and Failure

Sometimes, a dinner plan doesn’t always work out.

I was preparing what I thought was going to be a delicious fish dinner, but between the methods I was using and ingredients, it became one chaotic failure after another.

I was initially angry. Angry at the mess that ensued. Angry at the lack of options to fix it. Angry at myself for letting it happen.

Life isn’t perfect. I want to strive every day for perfection, but it doesn’t always work that way.

After my moments of anger, I disposed of the “evidence” and went to “Plan B.” That involves my day-to-day planning. I always have a variety of homemade prepared foods in my freezer: soups, stews, chilis, or in what tonight became, meatballs in sauce.

When you simmer meatballs a little extra, they get a little mushy in a good way. That mushy texture is perfect for mashing. I spread that “meatball mash” on some buns with a bit of cheese and broiled it.

Suddenly, dinner is on the table and that’s what it comes down to: being prepared.

Sometimes, being a Boy Scout as a kid pays off πŸ˜‰

Sloppy Joes a la Meatballs:

2 cups leftover meatballs in tomato sauce (I used my recipe for Roast Bison Meatballs here)
75g/3 oz aged cheddar cheese, finely grated
4 small whole wheat buns (when I don’t bake my buns, I like them from one of my neighbourhood bakeries, Dutch Delicious)

Preheat the broiler on high and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Add the meatballs and sauce to a small pot and heat over medium high heat. When it comes to a simmer, reduce the heat to medium low and simmer for 10-15 minutes. Mash the meatballs with a fork after taking them off the heat.
Spread the halved buns on the prepared baking sheet. Spread the meatball mash on each bun half and top with a tablespoon or so of sauce. Sprinkle a bit of grated cheese on top. Repeat with remaining buns, meatball mash and cheese. Place under the broiler until the cheese has melted and gone slightly brown along the edges. Serves 2.




  1. Dana Fashina · September 24, 2014

    Oh ye papi,
    This is good.
    Very good.

    • tripleheartbeat · September 25, 2014

      Thanks, Dana. It’s just one of those “shit happens” moments. I wasn’t gonna blog then I thought, “oh hell, nobody’s perfect. People might wanna see when things go wrong, what do you do?”

      • Dana Fashina · September 25, 2014

        So many of us only want to publish success.
        But failure works too πŸ™‚

      • tripleheartbeat · September 25, 2014

        And I actually want people to take something from what I blog. I’m not a food pornographer. I don’t want people just ogling pictures. I want people to actually try stuff and cook haha

      • Dana Fashina · September 25, 2014

        Get that too.
        We see eye-eye on a lot.
        Why aren’t I following you?
        The fuck is wrong with me..

      • tripleheartbeat · September 25, 2014

        I don’t beat people over the head to follow me. You gotta do that yourself πŸ˜‰

      • Dana Fashina · September 25, 2014

        Well point made sir.

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