Today, autumn announced its arrival with a chilly, soggy morning. It was one of those mornings where you stay in bed, huddled under the toasty blankets. (In retrospect, I should have made hot tea or cocoa today.) These cold fall days bring out my lazy side since I don’t enjoy going outside in colder weather. So, in lieu of shopping for the groceries for the week, I stayed inside the warm house and vegetated. Sometimes you need a day to relax and take it easy. And that’s part of the reason for our dinner tonight. I decided to make a very easy dinner of salmon patties and spaghetti squash with herbs.
Salmon patties are new to me. My husband used to eat them when he was growing up, and he and his ex used to make them often for dinner. When I was growing up, we ate salmon with soy sauce or teriyaki sauce, but never in patties. So this is a new-to-me recipe that my husband gave to me. I admit that I’ve tweaked the recipe a little by adding fresh minced garlic and doubling the dill. I think both flavors complement the rich flavor of salmon. And after tasting the cooked patties, I was very glad for the garlic addition. I have to admit that, although I liked these enough to cook them again, salmon patties are not my favorite. I definitely prefer salmon marinated in soy sauce and sesame oil. But these were nice and savory.
1 can (6 or 7 oz) salmon
1 cup soft bread crumbs
3 TBSP finely minced onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 TBSP milk
½ tsp dried parsley
¼ tsp dried dill
½ TBSP lemon juice
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
Step 1: Drain salmon.
Step 2: Combine all ingredients.
Step 3: Shape into 4 patties that are approximately 1 inch thick
Step 4: Heat a lightly oiled pan over medium heat. Place patties in pan and cook for 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Serve warm.
Spaghetti squash with herbs: I love the sweet and nutty flavor of spaghetti squash. And I really don’t have a set recipe for spaghetti squash. I kind of throw in whatever spices I feel like. But I will try my best to explain how I make it.
1 spaghetti squash
Canola oil—for lightly oiling pan
Olive oil, to taste
Garlic, to taste
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
Any other desired spices, to taste
Step 1: Thoroughly wash and then halve squash. Carefully scrape out seeds (I going to try saving and drying the seeds to plant next year).
Step 2: Place squash halves, with the cut side facing down, onto a lightly oiled pan. Using a knife or fork, pierce the skin of the squash in several places.
Step 3: Bake squash in 350 degree oven for one hour. Remove and let squash cool until it can easily be handled.
Step 4: Using a kitchen fork, gently scrape around the edge of the spaghetti squash to shred the pulp into strands.
Step 5: Scoop spaghetti squash strands into a lidded bowl. Add olive oil, herbs, and spices.
Step 6: Place lid on bowl, and shake bowl to mix contents. Once it is mixed, it is ready to serve.