Seriously juicy low carb salmon burgers with a kick of Cajun spice. Top it all off with a delicious garlicky avocado cream sauce.
You want to know what my husband gave me for my 42nd birthday? Well, among other things, he gave me a gift certificate to a local tattoo parlour. I know that might not be the ideal present for a lot of people but I am tickled. We have talked about each of us getting a second tattoo for a while now, and tattoo parlours abound in Portland, Oregon. As do tattoos, of course. And it’s not just the hipsters. It’s the mums and the dads, the teachers, the coaches, the business men and women. It’s very much the norm to have one or more tattoos, and you’re probably in the minority if you don’t have one. I already have one from my grad school days, a stylized lizard on my left shoulder blade. It’s in a discreet location and I often forget it’s even there. I can’t quite put my finger on the allure of permanently inking yourself up, but there is a thrill about it. If you’re into that sort of thing.
Want to know what I am going to get for my next tattoo? A salmon. But not just any salmon. A Haida salmon totem, a very stylized black and red salmon tattoo. I have a longstanding love of all Northwest Coast art, and particularly with Haida art. As an Anthropology undergrad at UBC, I was well immersed in the stunning First Nations art of that area and it moves me deeply. The animal spirits play important roles in the origin stories and myths and each animal totem has a particular set of meanings. The salmon, which was a major source of food and economy in the Pacific Northwest for thousands of years, symbolizes abundance, prosperity and renewal. Moving back to the PNW from the East has been something of a renewal for me and my husband. I want to capture that feeling and keep it close.
I also love to eat salmon, possibly as much as I love to eat chocolate. So there you have it. My very tenuous connection between story and recipe. Now go google Haida salmon and you will see what I am talking about.
Please see my Cajun Salmon Burgers with Avocado Crema on A Sweet Life.
And be sure to check out these awesome chicken spinach burgers from Family Food on the Table. Skip the bun, they would be so good without it!
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