My mother’s eldest sister passed away last week and I am now back home after the funeral. The loss caused me to pause and consider the people in my life. Life is about relationships. The relationships that you share for a short period and those that became a lasting part of your life. Over the years there have been many. All have helped to make me the person I am today.
My aunt was no exception. We didn’t always see eye-to-eye and I am pretty sure that I helped to contribute to many of her gray hairs. She taught me some wonderful lessons not necessarily by words but by actions. Hard work was not foreign to her. She was up early 6 days a week preparing breakfast and getting ready to go to work. She worked long days and was home after 6 in evenings.
On Sunday’s she was again up early. Working in her yard, preparing Sunday dinner and getting ready for church. I will always remember the family gatherings on Sunday after church. Sunday afternoon was a time to relax. When I was a child my aunt would often take me to the school playground to play and when I was a mother she took my children.
From the time I was a baby until I married and left home she opened her home to me and my mother. I remember the first home she shared with us. It has been referred to as the block house. It was 2 rooms with a wood burning stove. Later she moved across the street to a larger home and we were welcome there as well. Then somewhere along the way she bought a lot where eventually she had a new home built. I remember as a young child going with her to the lot while she kept it cleared of high weeds and grass. I’m not sure when she had her house built there but that was her home and a place that I called home for many years.
She loved her family and took pride in each of her brothers, sisters, nephews and nieces and their accomplishments. She was hard working and responsible. She loved God and is now at home with Him and so many that are already home. She was loved and left an imprint on so many lives. She will be missed but not forgotten.
Yesterday evening I spoke with another aunt who was in the process of cooking Salmon Patties. Salmon Croquet now known as Salmon Patties was a staple in our house when I was growing up. A large can of salmon mixed with eggs, flour, milk, onions and seasonings feed 4 people easy and possibly up to 6. What better recipe to feature on this tribute to those who have touched me along my path.
Since going gluten free I have found a new recipe that I have made over and over again In place of the flour I use gluten free oats and am sure that the seasonings are very different from the days of my childhood. Whenever I make these I have memories of the past. Memories not only of my aunt but my mother and so many others that have touched me along the way.
Salmon Patties (Gluten Free)
- 1 (14.5 ounce) can boneless, skinless, pink salmon
- 3⁄4 cup old fashioned oats, gluten free, uncooked
- 1⁄3 cup low-fat milk
- 1 egg whites or 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped onions
- 1 teaspoon dill weed
- 1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
Drain the salmon, discarding liquid. Place the oats in a food processor and process lightly. Add the processed oats to the salmon along with the ilk, egg onions, dill weed and Old Bay Seasoning.
Allow mixture to rest for 10 to 15 minutes to allow oats to absorb some the moisture. Form into patties about 1/2 inch thick. Add oil to a skillet and heat over medium heat. When oil is hot add the patties and cook 3 to 4 minutes per side or until golden brown and cooked through Serve warm with tarter sauce.