Warning – dirty photos!

Made you look!

FYI, anything you see on this blog is not staged.

I have neither time nor energy to stage and make my food look prettier than it already is.  I am lucky enough to get nice lighting on the photos of my artwork, much less get any photos at all of the things I cook.  Often, my cell phone is the only thing handy, or is the fastest I have in the race against the nap clock.

More often than not, my kitchen looks like this:
Especially right now with a broken finger in a splint that is not to get wet.  Kudos to my wonderful husband and his dish washing super powers.  Here is a small hint though, ladies:
So why keep this blog?  Well, the 4H project queen in me still yearns to make delicious food and create beautiful things has the desire to share what I make.  So, I carve out the time whenever possible and I post it here, so that when I throw out my scribbled notes or lose that cherished recipe I can find it on Mommy’s Medley.  I also post to show that all moms can be heroes, regardless of your kitchen sink status, broken fingers, or lack of beautiful lighting for photos.  
Last night, I created a simple and tasty salmon loaf with something for everyone in the family.  Spice and garlic for Eric and Greta and quinoa, tahini, and falafel for me.  Eric is not a fan of quinoa on its own, but hiding it inside salmon loaf did the trick.  
Mommy’s Medley Salmon Loaf
Sauté in a pan with olive oil over medium/low heat until soft:
1/2 red onion, diced
2 cloves minced garlic
2 stalks chopped celery
2 tsp cajun seasoning
1 tsp parsley
freshly ground pepper
 Mix together:
1 large can salmon
sauté  veggie mix
2 beaten eggs
3/4 c. falafel
3 tbsp tahini
1/2 – 3/4 c. cooked quinoa (choose amount you prefer)
Press mixture into greased loaf pan.  I used a cast iron one which cooks very thoroughly.  Bake at 425 degrees for 30 minutes or til top is golden (I know, super high tech).
Steamed carrots were a nice pairing with the simple loaf.  This meal is the Mommy Medley’s version of meat and potatoes.  Also, you could substitute the salmon for other protein sources very easily. 

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