Friday, September 2, 2016

Classic Crab Cakes & Hip Replacement Recuperation

Making these yummy crab cakes was the first real cooking I've done since my hip replacement four weeks ago.  Though I'm still hobbling without my cane and can't bend to the floor yet, I'm pleased as I resume more and more regular activities.

 


Classic Crab Cakes

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Serves four (2 crab cakes per serving)

1 lb. jumbo lump or backfin lump crabmeat, fresh or pasteurized
1 large egg
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. Old Bay seasoning
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp salt
1-1/4 cups fresh breadcrumbs
1 Tbs. chopped fresh chives or parsley
1-2 Tbs. unsalted butter
1 Tbs. olive oil

Lemon wedges for serving

Directions:
Drain the crabmeat, if necessary, and pick through for shells.

In a small bowl, whisk the egg, mayonnaise, mustard, Old Bay seasoning, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, and salt. Gently fold in crab until well combined.

Fold in the breadcrumbs and chives being careful not to over mix. (it should still be somewhat loose)

Shape the crab mixture into 8 cakes about 1 inch thick.
Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 to 3 hours.

In a 12-inch nonstick skillet, heat the butter with the olive oil over medium heat. Cook until dark golden brown on the underside, about 4 minutes. Flip the cakes, reduce the heat to medium low, and continue cooking until the other side is well browned, 4 to 5 minutes. Serve with lemon wedges on the side for squeezing over the cakes.

 Some snapshots of my progress from walker to cane with my walking partners and encouragers.
Getting out of the house each day really helps clear my head. I began driving at day 17 post-op going for short trips. Met up with my childhood next-door neighbor and lifelong friend for lunch and walking one day. Enjoyed a wonderful reception and opportunity to personally congratulate Kelsi Worrell on her Team USA Olympic swimming gold medal.  Kelsi was even able to speak at church the following morning before heading back to college the next day.

I had my two week appointment with my surgeon for staple removal (and a hug). I am walking at home without the cane but still use it whenever I leave the house. Now at 4-weeks post-op, I am working on a smoother stride without the cane, balance, stability and confidence :) 

20 comments:

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Glad to read you are doing so well. One day at a time and pretty soon you'll be striding right along without your cane and doing just fine.

Have a great weekend ~ FlowerLady

Barbara F. said...

I love crabcakes, these look delicious. Glad you are doing great.

Jedidja said...

Delicious!

Debby Ray said...

Great to have been following your recuperation and how well you are doing! I know you are so pleased to be back in the kitchen too...the crab cakes look absolutely amazing!! Enjoy your Labor Day holiday weekend....hugs!

Ann said...

sounds like you are doing great with your recuperation. Way to go.
Those crab cakes looks so good. I haven't had those in a really long time.

Lorrie said...

Glad to see you coming along so well. The crab cakes look delicious - a favourite of mine!

marie said...

So happy to read a good report...praying your recovery continues to progress. You'll be touching the floor in no time!!
Oh, about those crab cakes...YUM!

Pondside said...

I have such a weakness for crab cakes but I have never tried to make them at home. I trust your recipe!
I am so glad to hear that you're doing so well and you certainly look great! I hope you continue to heal and get your smooth walk back!

podso said...

I am glad you are doing so well. It helps to have a community around you supporting you enthusiastically! Thanks for the recipe--one of my husband's favorite foods but I've never made it for him. Now I might. Keep up the good work and enjoy this weekend,

Maggie Ann said...

I was surprised to read you'd had hip surgery but hope it all turns out great! Life changes as we get older doesn't it. I'm having major health issues here....(that I'd rather not have) but......Trusting God in everything....

Your crab cakes look so delish!

Cheryl said...

Rejoicing with you on your smooth recovery!! Keep moving forward!

Mmmmm...crab cakes might be my favorite food ever!

Lea said...

Delicious looking crab cakes! You are doing great I'd say and know that you'll be glad to be back at 100%. Have a great long weekend!

Adrienne said...

I'm so glad to hear of your progress. You have been on my mind and in my prayers through these days. The cause for my hip pain has been found. Much to my relief surgery is not needed - the joint is fine. Bursitis is the cause and, hopefully, will be a thing of the past soon. What fun to have walking partners who share time with you. If I was close by I would get on your list!
~Adrienne~

Beth said...

Oh my - that's major surgery, and I'm happy to hear you're progressing so well. With so many encouraging friends, I'm sure your recovery will keep going well!

Susan said...

Oh LDH, those crab cakes look delicious. Hope you heal completely, soon! Thinking of you and wishing you the very best, always, Susan

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

Be careful now and don't overdo - the crab cakes look so yummy!

Mildred said...

Very nice to see you posting. May God continue to bless you as the healing continues. John absolutely loves crab cakes. Thanks for the recipe/photos.
xoxo
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Dayle ~ A Collection of Days said...

I'm so happy to hear your recovery is going well.

Jacqueline said...

Wow, so sorry to hear about your surgery. Glad you are recuperating and have such great helpers. I bet it was nice to get to make something so yummy! I would get so stir crazy. Keep getting better!

corners of my life said...

Glad to hear that your recovery is going well and you are once again back in the kitchen. I look forward to your recipes and will be trying the yummy crab cakes. The classic version of a recipe is often the best!

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