God’s blessings abound this week so I’ll share a few things before getting to the food suggestions for this week! My family enjoys being outside – hiking, camping, backpacking, boating, etc. Since the kids have left home my husband and I have spent many hours at a nearby lake walking. Now that summer is here and it’s still pretty warm in the evening I’ve changed my routine to walking in the mornings. In the past week I’ve enjoyed fresh blackberries, seeing baby bunnies and watching deer with their fawns. Our beagle has certainly enjoyed it as well. In recent posts I’ve shared some of the veggies we are harvesting from our garden – this morning I picked 2 1/2 pounds of the rattlesnake green beans! I also found a source of dirt behind one of our sheds that had been composted from oak leaves as well as a lot of damp decaying leaves; earthworms included! So while I don’t know what next week will bring, perhaps a return of the usual hot Oklahoma summer sun to scorch my vegetable garden, pests to eat what I’ve enjoyed watching grow, cars that break down or any number of other things, today I’m focusing on the goodness that God has shared with me. I hope you are able to find many things in your own life to enjoy as well.
And I don’t want to forget that “cash” item in the title. Another source of blessing! In the past few days of walking at our lake I’ve found a grand total of…………..13 cents! Oh boy, she’s off to the farmer’s market now – look at all that found money to spend! Okay, so it’s not that much but it will pay some of the tax on what I buy.
NOW to the food. With the arrival of summer I’m always looking for quick food ideas that don’t heat up the house. Some months ago I realized I hadn’t made salmon croquettes in several years. We’ve always liked them so I decided to add them back into the food rotation. Heavenly Homemaker suggested the Rubinstein brand of canned salmon so I purchased some from Azure and then went online to find a good recipe. I never found one I exactly liked so I combined several and then looked for an Old Bay seasoning (recipe coming in the next post) type recipe since I don’t particularly like to use seasoning mixes purchased from the store. They have too many foreign ingredients and sometimes they are expensive.
The recipes all call for bread crumbs which I refuse to buy for the above reason. These days I most often have ground flax seed in the freezer to use. I also soak oats in a kefir/water mixture and then dehydrate for much better digestion. Sometimes I’ll blend those up for bread crumbs as well. Most of the recipes called for two eggs but that makes the croquettes a bit difficult to work with so usually I knock it back to one. Green onion is my favorite to use but if I’m out finely chopped yellow onion works just as well. A butter and olive oil mix is what I fry them in. Go a little less than you think you need. More can always be added during the cooking process but you can’t take too much out!
These are very nice served with cucumbers on the side, as well as some of those rattlesnake green beans sautéed. Thinking we would get a little tired of plain, sliced cucumbers I found some recipes online for making a sour cream and dill type dressing for them. I’ll post a recipe for that as well soon. For now here is the salmon recipe.
- 1 14 3/4 ounce canned salmon, drained. Remove the small bones and any other undesirable parts such as the skin. Personally we leave the bones but feed our beagle the other parts.
- 1 – 2 t Old Bay seasoning
- 2 T green onion finely chopped, or sub regular onion
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup ground flax seed, ground oats, or bread crumbs
- Olive Oil
- Combine all ingredients except for butter and olive oil and form patties – I usually make 6
- Heat butter and olive oil in large skillet, medium heat
- Carefully place the croquettes in skillet and allow to cook for 2 – 5 minutes or until golden brown
- Flip and repeat until the other side is browned as well.