Anne Lamott; salmon patties

dog and cat 006Anne Lamott said many memorable things Sunday in Charlotte’s Christ Episcopal Church on a golden gingko-leaved fall afternoon. What I heard (meaning remember ) is that she didn’t want to be a model of “victimized superiority” (I know some of those dreary people), that she’s fairly certain among the things Jesus frequently says to her is “Have you eaten?” and that waiting for inspiration is a way of saying you don’t plan to get any writing done today.

Her new work is Stitches (2013) and like Help Thanks Wow (2012) it is a pithy sermon deserving of repetition. Again and again.

What I need to hear again and again is “Butt in seat,” pretty much the sum total of her advice about writing which applies to anything and everything. Getting off FaceBook. Eating right. Going to bed (although in that case, it would be Butt in bed). Getting started. Just doing it (not necessarily in Nike). Being friendly to Stoic the Vast.

I did something last week I swore I would never do again, and that was get a steroid shot — this time in one of my hips.  After a week I can sleep without the pain in that hip waking me up, but it’s still sore and stiff. I can only think (oh, yes, again!) that it’s my excess weight making me one of those people I (also) swore I’d never be — an old broad who takes forever going up and down the stairs because she needs to lose a few stone.

My nose is to the grindstone and not my plate. For lunch-supper (lupper?) today I’m having a salmon patty, balsamic-roasted carrots and a baby NC sweet potato. Lots of beta-carotene and the salmon patties don’t taste like those things you slip into your mittens in cold weather to crack open for instant heat — they actually taste like salmon! Stoic found the recipe on the Chicken of the Sea packet.

Simple salmon cakes

Salmon sizzling in tiny bit of unsalted butter.
Salmon sizzling in tiny bit of unsalted butter.

1/3 cup minced green onions

1/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise

1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Pinch cayenne pepper

1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt

1/4 cup minced bell pepper

1 medium egg

1 pouch (5 ounces) skinless, boneless pink salmon

1 cup seasoned breadcrumbs or stuffing mix, DIVIDED

Combine onions, mayo, lemon juice, garlic powder, cayenne, bell pepper and seasoned salt in bowl. Stir in salmon and 1/4 cup bread crumbs. Form mixture into 4 balls. Roll balls in remaining 3/4 cup crumbs and flatten into cakes 1/2 inch thick. Melt butter and fry cakes 3 to 4 minutes per side or until golden brown. Drain on paper towel before serving and they’ll be

crispy on the outside, tender on the inside.


3 responses to “Anne Lamott; salmon patties”

  1. Weight isn’t necessarily the cause of hip problems. They could originate in jarring due to car accidents, misalignment of spine etc. What we do know is that hip problems are made worse by being overweight. Otherwise, great column!


  2. JoAnn — Lucky you to get to see Anne Lamott! Just finished “Stitches” and really enjoyed it. She is always worth reading and then reading again. Salmon — yum! We get the little cans of wild salmon at Costco and they make such wonderful, healthful “linners.”


    1. I’m realizing that Anne Lamott may not be a guy thing, though. There were maybe 10 men among the 700 listeners and my Sunday School class yesterday was pretty definitely not interested in reading Stitches next. I need to get inside a Trader Joe’s and look at groceries. We finally have one in Winston.


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