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

zest!

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2 Natalie February 27, 2009 at 9:13 pm

Great snack bowl!

Hopefully you can get some much needed rest tonight!

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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!

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4 Mel February 27, 2009 at 9:21 pm

Yummy snack!

Enjoy a the night and get some rest!

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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…

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6 Meg February 27, 2009 at 9:22 pm

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

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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.

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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! :D

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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 :)

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10 Sharon February 27, 2009 at 9:29 pm

OH wow, love the eats!

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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!

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15 FoodsThatFit February 27, 2009 at 9:53 pm

Your dinner looks delicious! I love roasted broccoli!

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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 :-P

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17 joyful February 27, 2009 at 10:02 pm

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

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18 Victoria February 27, 2009 at 10:06 pm

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

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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?

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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!

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21 Shelby February 27, 2009 at 10:20 pm

Great snackie =)

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

Ooooh yum!!!

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

salmon cakes sound delectable!!

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

Yum, salmon cakes!

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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!

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

dinner looks fabulous :)
love all of the greens!

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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

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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!

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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!

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30 allie February 28, 2009 at 6:49 am

Kath
Just curious, which magazines do u subscribe to?

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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…

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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!?

Health
Self
SHAPE
Fitness
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!)

Kath

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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!

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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.

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35 emmy February 28, 2009 at 11:10 am

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

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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!

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37 Kath February 28, 2009 at 1:23 pm

Tracy ,
I believe it was a 3 oz can.

Kath

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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!

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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.

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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.

Kath

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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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