Birds Nest Pancakes

Birds Nest pancake

Pancake bird’s nest and veggie sausage patty

Hey Lori, what’s the good eats word ?!!

Many years ago your Dad Charles introduced me to the bird’s nest breakfast by cutting a hole in a piece of bread and dropping an egg in it. Breakfast game changer! I love it and have made it many times since. I’ve never been a big fan of pancakes, too bready and sweet, but a dippy egg in the middle balances the sweet with savory and is a good alternative to bread onboard – just add water and presto.

pancake with hole

Make up a batch of pancake batter as usual and heat a skillet on low. Add a generous pat of butter to coat the pan. You’ll need a round object that will withstand resting in the pan heat for a minute (glass or metal) to create the hole you’ll drop the egg into, nothing too big. Pour pancake batter around the edge of object, letting the batter set up a minute before removing your egg place holder. Drop your egg in the pillowy center. You’ll want the pancake and egg to do most of it’s cooking on this one side before flipping to quickly finish off the other side. The batter will puff up and bubble when ready to flip. Now the tricky part – flip with a spatula careful not to break the yolk! Keep the heat low. Cook for a couple more minutes, just enough to finish setting up without over cooking the yolk.

osprey

The osprey are back in the Chesapeake from their winter hiatus south, busy repairing their waterfront nests atop navigational sign posts from winter damage. Gotta take their lead this year and follow them south!

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Salmon Cakes with Yogurt Mustard Dill Sauce

salmon cake platter

I’m gonna go on a limb here and guess that canned salmon is probably not most peoples first choice of ingredients, but when it comes to cooking aboard making meals from shelf stable canned foods is unavoidable at times and when done well, is an admirable quality of a good galley-slave. This is one of my time-tested goto canned meal recipes.

  • Can of Salmon
  • Onion
  • Red pepper
  • Garlic
  • 8-9 Saltine crackers or bread crumbs
  • 1 Egg
  • Tbsp of Chef Paul’s Magic Salmon Seasoning or seasoning of your choice
    (“sugar, salt, spices, granulated onion & garlic, mustard seed, paprika”)
  • 1 tsp dill

Open and drain well the liquid from can of salmon and place in a mixing bowl. As you gently flake apart the meat into large chunks, remove any bones and fatty skin you find.

salmon cake mixture

Finely mince 1/4 of a large onion, 1/4 of a large pepper, 2 cloves of garlic and add to salmon. Crack an egg into the mixture. Crumble a few crackers at a time in your hand over the bowl till they break into fine bread like crumbs and add your seasoning.

salmon-cake-patties

Roll up your sleeves and gently mix together with you hands being careful not to over mix the salmon chunks. You’ll want the mixture moist enough to hold together into patties without crumbling apart. Add more breadcrumbs or egg if necessary. Shape into palm size patties and refrigerate till ready to cook. I found from making crab cakes that cakes tend to hold together better when allowed to refrigerate before cooking.

fried salmon cakes

Add enough olive oil to your frying pan to partially submerge the cakes, I used a small frying pan so it took a bit less oil to coat the pan and a smaller pan heats quicker. You’ll want the pan and oil nice and hot when you drop the patties in, be careful of oil splatter. Watch for the bottoms to brown before flipping, a good 5 minutes or more per side. When fully browned on both sides, place on a plate with some paper towels to absorb any excess oil. Add more oil to pan as needed to finish browning all your patties.

yogurt, mustard, lime and dill sauce

I made a cool dill yogurt dipping sauce that really complimented the flavors and crispy texture of the salmon cakes nicely.

Yogurt Dill Sauce

  • 2 heaping spoonfuls of plain yogurt
  • 1-2 Tbsp of stone ground horseradish mustard
  • 1-2 tsp of dill
  • Juice of a lime wedge

Salmon burgers

To offset the heaviness of the frying, it was lighted up with a fresh green salad of baby spinach, mini heirloom tomatoes, chopped basil and fresh mozzarella cubes.

Zen Zucchini Boats

zucchini boats

Cut zucchini in half lengthwise. Trim some of the skin off the bottom so they sit flat in a baking dish if needed. Scoop out the center seeds with a spoon. Brush the surface with olive oil and minced garlic. Salt & Pepper. Provision your little boats for the oven with halved grape tomatoes. Top with Panko bread crumbs and bake at 375 until tender – aboat 25 minutes. In the last 10 minutes of cooking, top with shredded cheese and bake or broil till golden on top.

Now for a moment of Zen to go with your green tea chocolates, a little meditation video I made of water lapping the edge of an ice continent that is the creek.