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. 

Falafel-breaded Tilapia

Last night’s dinner was easy-breezy and oh so tasty.   Best of all, it contained things sitting in my cupboard and freezer, which meant  no decision making time wasted.

The menu:

Pan-fried falafel breaded tilapia
Pesto mashed potatoes
Lemony edamame with broccoli
Cheesy peppered crescent rolls

The process for last night’s meal is as follows.  Note: this took a great deal of brain power to recall all of this from last night, but here goes.

1. Preheat oven to 375.  Thaw 4 fillets of Tilapia in cold water.  I love buying fish fillets frozen in individual packets – it’s more packaging than I like but easy for thawing.

2. Prep the potatoes.  Peel and dice into 1 inch cubes.  Place in a steamer and steam on high heat for about 10 minutes or until soft.  I have found a steamer works better than boiling – it is quick, simple, and there is no risk of boiling over.  

3. Prep the crescent rolls.  Sprinkle cheese and fresh ground pepper inside before rolling triangles.  I used Rice Shreds in cheddar flavor.  These are one of the better cheese substitutes out there – they are pre-shredded, melt perfectly, and have a nice taste. 

4. Place frozen edamame beans and broccoli into pan with water.  Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer until ready to serve.  Bake crescent rolls 11 minutes or until golden.

5.  Preheat a large frying pan with about 1/4 inch of cooking oil over medium heat.

6.  Mix up 1 egg and a splash of Silk unsweetened almond milk in a bowl and whisk until well combined. Pour half of the falafel mix into another bowl.

7.  Soak fish fillets in the egg mixture.  Cover it in falafel mixture, coating both sides well.

8. Fry the fish about 2 minutes on each side or until easily flaked. Place on an oven-safe plate or dish and place in oven to keep warm. 
9. Drain potatoes and mash with almond milk.  Add 1-2 large tablespoons of pesto.
10. Drain edamame and broccoli.  Stir in dash of lemon juice for flavor.  
Serve warm.  Guaranteed results below.