Bison Burger for supper

We eat bison meat quite a bit and this is my recipe for bison burgers.

ground bison
ingredients
  • shredded carrot
  • 1/4 cup uncooked oatmeal
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup cut up onion
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsps Montreal Steak Spice

Mix all together and make into patties and BBQ!

It is a little heavier burger and one is enough for me. The meat is so very very lean.

Something different to keep the taste buds alive!

I used to take Selfies

A selfie, if done right, is a wonderful way to share who you are. In my case, it shares who I am, what I like, and what I do and don’t want to do.

These are 2016 selfies.

My favourite of these is ALL OF THEM.

THE SHADOW OF ME TAKING THIS PHOTO AND THE SUN ON THE WILD GRASS AND THEN THE POND JUST PEEKING THROUGH, THE COLOUR OF THE GREEN PRAIRIE GRASS IS WORTH A EXPLANATORY CAPTION.
I WAS PREPARING FOR MY STORYSLAM SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT AND I CHOSE THIS TO WEAR. LOOK AT THAT DEEP RICH PURPLE BLOUSE.
I BOUGHT THIS T SHIRT ON LINE AND WHEN IT SHOWED UP I FELT SELF CONSCIOUS WEARING IT. IT SEEMED TOO MUCH OF A BIG FLOWER THING GOING ON. I LOVE TO WEAR IT NOW,.
ORANGE WITH METAL BUTTONS AND POCKETS IS SO COOL!
I’M EITHER WRITING OR ON MY IPHONE. THIS IS NOT A USUAL POSE SO I CANNOT REMEMBER WHEN AND WHERE AND WHO TOOK THIS.

Do you feel vulnerable when someone takes a photo of you?
I at first thought it was a very scary, put yourself out there, vain thing to do.


Simple Fish grills on the BBQ

My mom’s recipe with canned salmon and mashed potatoes. I cooked these on the BBQ because it is summer time.

the recipe is:

2 cooked potatoes (mash them)

1 slightly beaten egg

1 can salmon

1 tbsp dill

4 green onions (i used 1/2 of a small regular onion)

S & P (salt and pepper to taste if you so desire)

mix together and form into patties!

And….

Fish and Chips from Captain Highliner himself:

I kept temperature at 425 degrees and read a book while this was on the grill and checked every 10 minutes.

This is a treat in my family and takes some pressure off of preparing a full meal. It is a time now, where living is easy here in July, on the prairies.

Do not forget your greens. I used Iceberg Lettuce and a few tomatoe slices and cut up celery. Add your favourite dressing.

Iceberg lettuce I used this time because it holds up nice and crisp. I am waiting for my garden lettuce soon.

Keeping summer simple is my mantra these days.

best photos this year

I want to have a special caption under each of these wonderful photos I captured this year.

Let me go ahead and do that but I won’t type the captions in because each time I may change the story they share . Photo’s speak. I call this blog “The Flash Speaks” for a reason.

Being original with my photos is not my goal. It is loving the click and flash and excitement of finding a moment of feeling gratitude.

making my blood sugar smile

I looked in the cupboards and fridge and found lots of good food to prep for my snacks and even to put in a green salad.

Prepping food, cutting up vegetables and placing them in a quick snack freezer bag, or put the cut veggies in a nice pretty bowl with a little bit of water and place in fridge. Every time I want to grab something to chew on the food is ready.

We have all heard this before, or maybe you have not. I know this sounds easy breezy to do but somehow I buy the groceries and put everything in the fridge and cupboard and wonder what I should make for side dishes or snacks.

I love popcorn! it is a good snack for blood sugar control as it is a lite carb and fun to snack on.

Rice Cakes, especially the caramel flavoured ones are actually very good. I don’t know if they fill me up but they can if I put cream cheese on it or peanut butter.

Apples, especially MacIntosh are our favourites. The rest is yellow and red peppers, celery and carrot.

The strawberries I hope you noticed in the fridge? … well, how can I stop eating them when I can just take a big red juicy one and pop it in my mouth. Yum!

The tomatoes, well they are store bought and we are waiting for the garden to produce on that vegetable or fruit. Is the tomato a vegetable or fruit? here is your answer. Do you agree?

tomatoes are fruits that are considered vegetables by nutritionists. Botanically, a fruit is a ripened flower ovary and contains seeds.

Did you find something in the images above that does not belong as a healthy snack.

(I’m human and it’s only one.)

Beetniks For Sale

I live a few miles down the road from this place and every summer they have a sign up and I did not know what they were selling. I do now.

At first I thought it was a hat (like a beanie hat) or special stick or something. Well this is what they are selling:

IBeetniks (Beet Leaves and Dough) A favorite Ukrainian dish. You take fresh made bread, wrap it in beet leaves to make tiny dumplings and then soak them in a dill cream sauce.

I have never tasted a Beetnik but if you ask someone in the Ukrainian culture they will happily share what they are and how delicious a treat to enjoy.

I live in a very Ukrainian community and my mother is Ukrainian but she never raised us in Ukrainian traditions.

  • a loaf of bread dough (frozen or from bread maker)
  • 2 large bunches of beets with tops
  • some butter
  • some onion
  • some dill
  • 1 cup of cream

Here is the full recipe

  • Cut tops off beets. Remove stems and thick ridges. Save beetroot for another use.
  • Wash and dry leaves- If leaves are mature, wilt slightly for easier handling by scalding with hot water,Cool and dry.
  • Grease a round roaster or large casserole dish, or line with parchment paper.
  • Cut off small pieces of thawed bread dough (about the size of a walnut) and wrap each in a beet leaf, rolling loosely. If leaves are very small, use 2 or 3 per bun.
  • Place buns in layers, filling roaster half full. Sprinkle each layer with salt and drizzle with butter or oil.
  • Top with a layer of leaves, cover, and let rise in a warm place until double in bulk (1 – 1 1/2 hours).
  • Bake, uncovered, in pre-heated oven at 350F for one hour.

I am going to stop in and try some!

bbq chef

Having our son come to visit us and BBQ a smoked salmon main course meal, is the most superb reward in raising him. He can cook. He is very creative. He loves the details and spends hours prepping this meal.

several hours tending to the salmon on low heat

corn cobs marinated with kosher salt and maple syrup
potatoes baked on bbq marinated with olive oil and rosemary
The salmon was on bbq for several hours and smoked with wood chips underneath the grills
these are the wood chips used for producing the wonderful smoke flavour on the salmon

You missed out on a delectable meal!