Thursday, May 29, 2008

Them Bones, Them Beautiful Bones

Ever since I read about the Beautiful Bones event, I knew I would participate. I even knew right away what dish I would be making. Why in the world then am I waiting until 2 days before the deadline to post my recipe?

I’ve been thinking about the way I would approach this post for almost a month. You see, my father suffers from osteoporosis and recently broke his hip. He’s been in the hospital for over a month now as he’s also been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. His quality of life has greatly diminished over the last few years, but he tries very hard to stay strong. I think it’s wonderful that bloggers like Susan, of Food Blogga, put together events such as this one, to raise people’s awareness of diseases like osteoporosis. Without becoming an alarmist, I think we (myself included) should all realize that what, and how we eat greatly impacts what we become later in life.

This salmon loaf is a wonderfully easy recipe. Just mix all the ingredients together, bake for a little while and you get a calcium rich dish that’s also very delicious! I promise, even my kids love it!

Salmon Loaf
From “Qu’est-ce qu’on mange?

2 eggs
2 – 7 oz cans salmon, drained, bones and skin removed
1 cup quick cooking oats
1 cup mozzarella cheese, grated
1 carrot, grated
1 celery stalk, chopped finely
1 small onion, chopped finely
2 tbsp lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350F and grease a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan.

Put all ingredients in a large bowl and mix until well combined.

Place mixture into the prepared pan and pat it down lightly.

Bake in preheated oven for about 35 minutes.

Let the loaf rest 5 minutes before slicing.

Serve as is or with a béchamel sauce.

Béchamel Sauce
3 tbsp butter
3 tbsp flour
2 cups milk
Salt and pepper to taste
Pinch of nutmeg (optional)

In a saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add flour, mix well with a whisk, and let it cook for about 2 minutes. While whisking, add the milk. Keep whisking until the sauce thickens. Remove from heat and season to taste.

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Ginny said...

It looks amazing!!! I'm always thinking that I need to eat better for my is hard when you are only 23 though to think of what may happen in the future...thank you for reminding me! This is a great event! :)

grace said...

what an interesting creation! a loaf o' fish, who'da thunk it?

meanwhile, i sincerely hope your father's health improves! my grandmother is in a similar situation, and i can attest to the strain it puts on everyone involved. stay strong!!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

I'm truly sorry to hear about your dad. Breaking a hip can be so devastating to older people. I sincerely wish him well.

Thank you, Lyb, for a wonderfully calcium-rich and flavorful entry. My mom (who also has osteoporosis) would simply love this recipe. I'll have to make it for her the next time she visits and credit you for the deliciousness.

Patricia Scarpin said...

LyB, I love salmon but have never made anything with it, besides grilling of baking... That sounds amazing!

Engineer Baker said...

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Aimée said...

Kudos to you, Lyb, for helping raise awareness, and in such a tasty way too! Love the touch of bechamel.

Nic said...

Oh your poor dad, hope he is soon on the mend.
Lovely looking salmon loaf!

Cakespy said...

That sounds and looks simply beautiful! I love the mozzarella in it--it sounds so rich and satisfying.

But on another note, I am terribly sorry to hear about your dad though!

Anonymous said...

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Coffee and Vanilla said...

It reminds me of something my mom used to bake! I love the idea of bechamel sauce with it :)


La Cuisine d'Helene said...

C'est un très beau repas. J'aime bien les livres 'Qu'est-ce qu'on mange?'. Ils ont de bonnes recettes.

Manggy said...

What a coincidence!! We didn't have anything prepared for lunch earlier so at the last minute I made Salmon burgers... With rice, of course, but the family loved it. I didn't have mayo on hand so I was kinda c**k-blocked on the dipping sauce. I wish I'd just made yours with the bechamel sauce now! :P
Thanks for all your well-wishes! :)

Manggy said...

Geez, I'm such a scatterbrain, I forgot to say: Sorry about your dad. Osteoporosis in males is so rare that it's kind of shocking to hear about it. I hope he recovers very quickly.

Mama Mia said...

what a creative meal to help make beautiful bones!

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

This is perfect for the roundup to bring awareness to the disease. Here's to a speedy recovery for your dad:D

test it comm said...

That salmon loaf sounds good!

LyB said...

Ginny – It is hard to think years ahead of us, we’re all so busy just doing everything there is to do every day!

Grace – Thanks so much, and I hope your grandmother stays strong too!

Susan – Thank you, that’s so sweet of you. Let me know how you and your mom like the loaf. :)

Patricia – Thanks sweetie! I’m glad I could give you some new ideas. :)

Caitlin – I’ll check it out!

Aimée – Thanks so much! I love this with béchamel, Martin and the kids prefer it without, to each his own I guess!

Nic – Thank you!

Cakespy – Thank you! It is a very comforting dish, and easy too. :)

Hornedfroggy – Tagged twice, hmmm… I’ll check it out!

Margot – For me, the béchamel makes this dish. Thanks so much for your visit. :)

Helene – J’ai la collection au complet mais je dois t’avouer que dernièrement je fouine pas mal plus sur internet que dans mes “Qu’est-ce qu’on mange?”! :)

Mark – Well, now you have an alternative for dipping sauce, don’t you just love that! I’m glad you made it back from your exam in one piece. ;) And thank you for your wishes of a speedy recovery for my dad. I’m sure with all this positive energy, he’ll get stronger!

Lina – Thank you!

Bellini Valli – Thank you so much!

Kevin – Thanks, it’s delicious!

Sharon said...

What an interesting concept! It's like a cross between meatloaf and a salmon burger...I like it!

Helene said...

Sorry to hear about your dad :(
My mom used to make us something similar with tuna that I request every time I go home!!

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A recipe to try! :D Thanks for sharing.