Thursday, January 16, 2020

Shopping, Social Worker, Supper,

This morning I went out to collect my groceries so that our cleaner could bring them upstairs for me. Half way to the store I realised I  had left my cell phone on my desk. Duuuh. When I got to the store, I went to the PC Express desk and luckily one of the staff was there, they aren't always because they are upstairs "picking" orders. I asked if I could use their phone to call home and arranged for our cleaner to meet me in the garage in 15 minutes. Actually worked perfectly. Unpacking I realised I only had one portion of fresh salmon and that I had ordered lentil soup mix instead of a 13 bean mix which they don't have - I have now discovered. So in the afternoon I went back got a refund and some more salmon. Then I went to Victoria St. Market. I particularly wanted sausages. So first I went and picked up some of their fresh cole slaw, so far so good, then I got a dozen Italian sausages, that was OK. Decided I wanted some flank steak too - disaster. I asked the butcher for a flank steak and for him to cut it in half and wrap it separately. I was looking around whilst he was working. He handed me two parcels and I headed to the checkout. That's when I realised, he had given me two whole flank steaks, not one cut in half. However, I decided to got with it. More money than I had anticipated spending, but.. not like I wouldn't use them. When I got home I cut them in half and then froze them all. I have a good recipe for the Instant Pot that I like to do with flank steak.

I had a call from a Social Worker and she is coming to see me/us on Friday to discuss what she can offer me. I am a tad concerned as I had difficulty understanding her on the phone, I couldn't quite place her accent. Certainly wasn't Canadian. Hopefully, face to face, I will be able to understand her.

Having bought sausages, I cooked some in the Instant Pot for supper, one of my favourite dishes with bell peppers. I need to be careful as I am cooking Butter Chicken and Sausage and Peppers a lot, it will get boring if I do it too often. I do so love using my Instant Pot.

My mother used to make fish cakes for breakfast when I was a young 'un so when I saw this recipe for Salmon Patties I thought it sounded good. Can be eaten for any meal of course. I think my mother used cod which used to be pretty inexpensive in those days.


1 lb skinless salmon fillet, cut into chunks
1 egg yolk
1 Tbs fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp salt
1 pinch ground black pepper
3 dashes cayenne pepper
1 Tbs chopped parsley
1 1/2 Tbs cooking oil
lemon wedges
sweet chili sauce, for dipping

In a food processor, add the salmon, egg yolk, lemon juice, salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper. Blend for 10 seconds or until all ingredients are well combined. DO NOT over blend. Transfer the salmon mixture into a bowl and mix well with the chopped parsley.

Wet both hands with water and shape the salmon mixture into 8 balls. Flatten into patties.

Heat up a skillet with the cooking oil on medium heat. Transfer the salmon patties onto the skillet. Cook 1 minute on each side, uninterrupted, or until the salmon patties are just cooked through. Transfer to a serving platter and serve warm with lemon wedges and sweet chili sauce.

Yield: 8

Author: BEE

Have a great day


  1. The fish cakes look good. I wish my partner would eat it - and I also wish he would eat more vegetables. I am sure he wishes I would shut up about his eating habits.

    1. LOL Sue. Stubborn aren't they?

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  2. Those fish cakes look good - I'm curious about your Instant Pot.

    1. They do Fil. You should get one, I have a 3 qt. which I got Feb. last and I absolutely love it. Cooking is so easy and you can basically put stuff in it and walk away for a while. There are wonderful recipes all over the Internet plus help videos on how to use it. I have a 3 qt. which is plenty big enough for the two of us.

  3. I cross my fingers that the lady coming tomorrow helps and you can understand her better. I deal with accents every day and it can be difficult to say the least. Those fish cakes sound good

    1. Thanks Birgit, crossed fingers helps I think. They do sound good don't they?

  4. I have stopped going to the grocery store unless I am out of bread, milk, or eggs. I've found I save money that way. Any time I go, I buy stuff that wasn't on my list.

    I hope the social worker is able to help. I know you need more support than you get. (And if she's difficult to understand, I usually tell them I've had a cold and my ears are plugged and they talk slower and are less insulted when I ask them to repeat themselves. I started that from calling tech services a lot.)

    1. Two good ideas in one comment Liz. Of course Victoria St. Market isn't my regular grocery store but one I "pop" into as it's closer than my regular and easier for me to get into. Too easy perhaps.