It all started off well, there was confidence in my stride and a spring in my step as I marched into the kitchen. “Who needs cook books?” I announced, grabbing things out of the fridge with abandon as I set out to make a healthy, tasty meal from what was laying around. Canned salmon, leafy greens, potato flakes (that’s right y’all, I love instant potato flakes and keep them around so there), some corn on the cob all happily jumped in bowls and pans with the sort of cheerful smiles you like in your supper ingredients. The salmon patties are fried in a very small amount of olive oil, cooked slowly over a low medium heat so they get nice and crunchy without needing lots of hot oil. The recipe below is close to what I did, it’s not a very exact thing so whatever you like will work. The corn on the cob was plain old boiled, and the salad… Ahhh, yum!

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It’s simple, but it was perfect. A few leaves of romaine, a few leaves of spinach, walnuts, cranberries, golden raisins, green onions, and pieces of

avocado tossed with Paula Deen’s Vidalia Onion And Poppy Seed dressing. A little flax seed sprinkled over the whole thing, and it was ready to serve. It was the kind of salad you end up being sad when it’s gone, and the main course starts feeling neglected. Fortunately, those little fishies made a come back with style!

1 can of salmon, three green onions chopped, seven Ritz crackers crushed up, somewhere between a half cup and a cup of instant mashed potato flakes, some dill, some pepper, and two eggs. Mix it all together, make small patties, and fry them in a little olive oil for a while on each side until they’re crisp and golden to dark brown. Very tasty.

Then came the world’s ugliest cake. After dinner, D and me got a sweet craving and I went rummaging. There was a mocha cake in the fridge, a batter I’d been experimenting with and never ended up putting together and frosting. Feeling lazy, I grabbed a can of Duncan Hines chocolate frosting out of the fridge as well and sliced up some strawberries. The cake was too thin on the outside, so I cut circles out of the middle and sliced them in half to make four layers. The frosting was too cold, the cake was moist from the fridge and when I tried to frost it the whole thing fell apart! Stuck it together anyway.The strawberries went between each layer on top of the frosting.

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Is that not the ugliest cake you’ve ever seen? This was after it slid around and fell over half way. It was so tasty!

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