Worn Out.

February 27, 2009

Guf, it’s been a loooong day!

I spent 5 hours this afternoon glued to my computer working on lab reports and case studies. I am worn out mentally and my right wrist is killing me. I got terrible boredom munchies at 4:15 and prepared this crunchy snack bowl filled with Quaker Squares, trail mix, peanuts, almonds and apricots

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+ about 3 cups of tea. As soon as I started eating the bowl I said to myself “I’m going to go have refills on all of these” but then I was so busy that I didn’t want to get up from my chair and 30 minutes later all the cravings had passed. And then despite having the snack an hour earlier than usual, I wasn’t hungry for dinner!

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When I finished project #3 at 6:30, I felt like having a glass of wine to watch with a movie, but at the same time I didn’t really want one nor did I really want to watch a movie. I think when it came down to it, I just didn’t have the energy to do either! Hopefully I’ll be out of the post-shot lethargy tomorrow.

Somehow I did have energy to make a fun dinner. Cooking was the only thing I felt like doing.

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Salmon Cakes with Gorgonzola over an Avocado + Broccoli Salad

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I mixed together 1 can of salmon (wild Alaskan from Costco) with 1/2 a cup of homemade breadcrumbs

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Plus 1 egg, 1/4 cup chopped green pepper, 1 tbsp mayo, 1 tsp horseradish, 1 tsp mustard, a few pinches salt, 2 tsp Old Bay

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To get to this. Then I portioned this into 4 cakes, which were quite wet and I thought they might not turn out. But when plopped on a pancake griddle in a 1/2 tsp of EVOO each, they turned out perfect.

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We served them over a bed of green leaf lettuce tossed in fig balsamic vinegar and lemon olive oil, some balsamic roasted broccoli (just toss broccoli in syrupy balsamic + kosher salt and roast for 20 minutes at 400*) and some avocado, which is hidden in there all drab brown from being in the fridge too long.

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My only complaint was that the Old Bay was sooooo salty, so next time I might use less of that and more things like paprika.

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Matt had two pieces of wheat sourdough as a taste test (they were baked differently) and of course I had a few bites because it was too good to resist.

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Tomorrow’s forecast =

I’ll be working on more projects. Probably eating oatmeal, doing  yoga, etc. And maybe I’ll have that glass of wine!

As for tonight, I’m thinking a bath and maybe some yoga….but I might just want to go read in bed

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1 zestycook February 27, 2009 at 9:12 pm

WOW Kath – i am really interested in the salmon cakes… love it! Hope you have a good night’s rest



2 Natalie February 27, 2009 at 9:13 pm

Great snack bowl!

Hopefully you can get some much needed rest tonight!


3 Sarah (lovINmytummy) February 27, 2009 at 9:17 pm

I’m that way with the snacks too, I just have to remove myself from the vicinity for awhile, and then the urges pass.

You’re missing a candle 😉

Have a good night!


4 Mel February 27, 2009 at 9:21 pm

Yummy snack!

Enjoy a the night and get some rest!


5 Michelle Hisae February 27, 2009 at 9:21 pm

That canned salmon from Costco is the best I’ve ever had. I’ve tried many other brands of canned salmon, but nothing beats the Costco version. The downside: I have no Costco when I’m at school, so when I do get to go home, I enjoy it that much more! Maybe I’ll have to sneak some on the plane next time…


6 Meg February 27, 2009 at 9:22 pm

What a fabulous dinner! I love Old Bay Seasoning. I hope you feel better soon.


7 Oh She Glows February 27, 2009 at 9:24 pm

Love the salmon cakes! I love salmon.

Call me crazy, but I would have never thought to make bread crumbs that way, but as I read your post I saw it and said ‘that is brilliant!’…What a great idea.


8 coco February 27, 2009 at 9:24 pm

Great and quick recipe!
How did u make homemade bread crumbs? I want to make some too! 😀


9 Kara February 27, 2009 at 9:25 pm

That dinner looks fab. It’s so nice to see someone using Old Bay! I find that a lot of people aren’t as familiar with it outside of Maryland. Mmmm now I want crabs :)


10 Sharon February 27, 2009 at 9:29 pm

OH wow, love the eats!


11 Mara @ What's For Dinner? February 27, 2009 at 9:31 pm

I’m a huge fan of salmon cakes (or salmon patties as we used to call them)… it reminds me I need a new container of Old Bay! Mine got…well… old.


12 Marisa (trim the fat) February 27, 2009 at 9:33 pm

Ooooh, love the salmon cake idea! Your combo of flavors is amazing!


13 brandi February 27, 2009 at 9:40 pm

i hope tomorrow is better and I hope your typhoid is gone :)

it’s supposed to rain here, too :( It’s a good thing I have a lot of things I need to do inside, I guess.


14 MIchelle (PinQue) February 27, 2009 at 9:50 pm

Congrats on all the new projects…can’t wait for our girl’s brunch on Sunday!


15 FoodsThatFit February 27, 2009 at 9:53 pm

Your dinner looks delicious! I love roasted broccoli!


16 Ashley C February 27, 2009 at 10:01 pm

It’s still weird to me getting used to you calling the husband by his name hehe
yummy dinner- I spoiled my appetite for dinner tonight big time 😛


17 joyful February 27, 2009 at 10:02 pm

I thought of wine tonight, too, but like you, was too tired!


18 Victoria February 27, 2009 at 10:06 pm

I love salmon cakes. Hope you’re feeling more energetic tomorrow!


19 Ellen February 27, 2009 at 10:17 pm

wow that dinner looks great! i wonder if eating a slightly larger lunch would get you through til dinner without a snack to spoil your appetite?


20 Emily February 27, 2009 at 10:19 pm

Dinner looks great! I can usually tell it’s time for the weekend by my tiredness level. I also remember hours of looking up disease and meds and case studies…good luck!


21 Shelby February 27, 2009 at 10:20 pm

Great snackie =)


22 Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) February 27, 2009 at 10:21 pm

Ooooh yum!!!


23 seelee live (for the love of peanut butter) February 27, 2009 at 10:33 pm

salmon cakes sound delectable!!


24 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) February 27, 2009 at 10:38 pm

Yum, salmon cakes!


25 sue February 27, 2009 at 10:44 pm

wow the salmon cakes look great! i have to try that sometime! hope you’re feeling 100% tomorrow!


26 Clean Veggie February 27, 2009 at 11:17 pm

dinner looks fabulous :)
love all of the greens!


27 Ashley H February 27, 2009 at 11:24 pm

I actually have days like that alot where I am really tired and all I feel like doing is cooking. Thats how you know you belong in the kitchen haha


28 Caroline February 28, 2009 at 1:00 am

I can totally relate to that feeling–all you want to do is cook!

Have a great day tomorrow!


29 Leah February 28, 2009 at 4:05 am

Looks great!

I have another recipe for salmon fishcakes that I use that incorporates three ingredients: salmon, potato, lemon zest (and of course any seasonings that you wish! My fiancé and I use chili flakes as well).

Have a great Saturday!


30 allie February 28, 2009 at 6:49 am

Just curious, which magazines do u subscribe to?


31 Jessica February 28, 2009 at 7:27 am

Hope you feel better today! I was a bit grumpy last night too, we went out for dinner…and all I really wanted was to be home in my own kitchen…


32 Kath February 28, 2009 at 9:40 am

coco ,
Just whirred a piece of bread in the food processor..

Ellen ,
That would be a good solution, although my lunches are pretty filling already!

allie ,
All of the above!?

Women’s Health
Body + Soul
Natural Health
Country Living
Cottage Living (which is no longer in print so I thing I get Southern Living instead?)
Cooking Light (might be phasing this one out)
Rachel Ray (no longer get this, I think?)
Better Homes & Gardens
Yoga Journal (new one!)



33 Red Head, Yellow Dog February 28, 2009 at 10:23 am

Wow! I got a can of salmon at TJ’s last week to make this! I’m glad you beat me to it though because you gave me some great ideas! thanks!


34 Mizz Independent February 28, 2009 at 10:59 am

Yum! This dinner looks awesome. I have to try it, because it uses three of my favorite ingredients: salmon, broccoli, and avocado!! Can’t get enough of any of these.


35 emmy February 28, 2009 at 11:10 am

when I made salmon cakes last week we had the same Old Bay issue


36 Tracy February 28, 2009 at 12:34 pm

How many oz. of salmon are in one can? I’d love to make your salmon cake recipe!


37 Kath February 28, 2009 at 1:23 pm

Tracy ,
I believe it was a 3 oz can.



38 Marianne March 1, 2009 at 3:49 am

That is some pale looking salmon – what species is it? The cakes look tasty regardless :) And I would never say no to sourdough bread!


39 Cebca March 5, 2009 at 4:54 pm

Just curious, do you pick the skeleton out of the salmon or just chop it all up inside? I know everyone says its okay to just chop it up but the thought always makes me recoil a little bit and I always end up picking it out . . . wanted to get your take on it.


40 Kath March 5, 2009 at 4:55 pm

Cebca ,
There’s no skeleton in this can. I do mash it in when I eat sardines though.



41 Leah A. March 10, 2009 at 10:26 am

I made these last night! I doubled the recipe so we’d have leftovers and added a bit more horseradish and mustard but probably could have done w/ more for our palates! Very good though! We didn’t have gorgonzola so I just put a dollop of plain greek yogurt on top! Yum!


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