Crab Cakes

On April 9, 2017 our whole world changed with a phone call.

It’s never good when the phone rings at 4:45 in the morning, and I remember telling Andrew to get out of bed even before I answered it…I knew it couldn’t be good.

And it wasn’t.

We raced to the hospital only to be ushered past the nurses desk into the room with couches and Kleenex…

My dad hadn’t survived the heart attack he had.

We spent the next two weeks grieving, mourning and planning his funeral.

It is crazy how quickly life can change and how it re-frames your perspective on life.

My dad was a great man. He was tough and expected a lot out of everyone, but he loved us a great deal…even if he didn’t always know how to show it.

 

My sister and I gave the eulogy at his funeral. it wasn’t even a question, I knew he would have wanted us to do it. Every time I read through it at home, I would cry…but the day of the funeral we made it through with only a few tears and wobble in our voices. Dad would have been proud.

I miss him.

I’ll miss the jokes he told (even though we had heard them a million times and rolled our eyes every time he told them), I’ll miss the stories (even though I’d heard them a million times too), I’ll miss the music he played and how he always called me “sweetie”.

And I’ll miss looking at my blog stats and knowing dad was on there, rereading about the trips we took as a family and how he used to (not so silently) edit my posts. He made sure I knew the mistakes I made…

I’m sad he never got to see this post, because crab cakes were one of his favourite foods.

He tried them wherever we went and was fiercely critical when they did not live up to his standards.

I know he would have had something to say about mine….but I’d like to think he would have secretly liked them.

Crab Cakes

In a bowl I mixed together the following ingredients:

  • 3 cans crab meat (I’m sure you could use frozen or fresh…but I didn’t)
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp sriracha
  • 3 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • green onions chopped
  • 3 tbsp parsley

Crab Cakes

I formed it into 9 patties and baked them in the oven for 25 minutes and then broiled them a bit to get them crispy. You can also fry these in some oil in a frying pan if you prefer.

Crab Cakes

I served mine with a salad.

Crab Cakes

The Verdict- Andrew took a bite, looked at me and said “I think your dad would have been proud…”

I think dad would have found them a little too spicy and not nearly crunchy enough, but the sentiment is nice.

Next time I think I would try frying them to see if they get a little more crunchy. I topped mine with a little sriracha mayo which was delicious, but I guess you could use any of your favourite dipping sauces. I will definitely make these again, if for no other reason than they remind me of my dad.

 

 

Greek Meatball Bowls

It can be tough to get kids to be really self reflective.

But I try…every day I try to get kids to think about they way they are talking, acting and treating others. And I work hard to show them that their actions have consequences…for themselves but also for those around them.

During one Health lesson we were talking about what it means to be a good friend and ways we can be a better friend. I challenged each child to set a goal regarding friendship and write about it in their journals.

Some kids were brutally honest.

#grade3truth

#grade3truth

This is quite possibly one of the best new meals I have made in a while. It has a few different parts that make up this incredible dinner bowl, but don’t be deterred….it is unbelievable and totally work the time and few extra dishes.

Greek Meatball bowls

I started by making the meatballs for this dish.

In a bowl I mixed

  • 1 package of ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • salt and pepper

I formed the mixture into meatballs and placed them on a greased tin foil lined baking tray (makes for a much quicker clean up at the end…trust me) and baked them at 425 degrees for 15 minutes. I flipped the meatballs and baked them for another 15 minutes until they were nice and crispy.

Greek Meatball bowls

Next I worked on the tomato cucumber salad.

In a bowl I mixed

  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cup chopped cucumber
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • salt and pepper

I gave it a good stir and just let it hang out while the meatballs cooked.

Greek Meatball bowls

The last component to this meal is the couscous.

I cooked mine according to the package directions but added in some lemon juice and more fresh parsley.

When I was ready to serve this I put a huge dollop of tzatziki over top. The original recipe calls for homemade stuff, but I am just as happy with the stuff I can find at the grocery store.

Greek Meatball bowls

The Verdict- If there was a drooling smiley face emoji, I would put it in here. I cannot say enough good things about this dish…I dream of this meal. I seriously could not wait until lunch today to eat this again. You must make this….and then tell me how much you loved it too.