Category Archives: philosophy

Park Lane Crab Cakes

We made these crab cakes while at work today and I thought I’d post a recipe. When I came home and searched my computer for the recipe I was surprised (a little) that the only one on my hard drive–and one I had forgotten I had–was the crab cake recipe from the original Park Lane Restaurant. I did short stint as chef at the Park Lane when it was already way past it’s prime, and I had the opportunity to have dinner on more than a few occasions with Peter Gust Economou. He lived in the condos next door and said he enjoyed to eat with the chef. At the time he was an old man and I was a young man and I found his stories fascinating, His legend was larger than life, at least much larger than he was when I met him. When I was hired at the restaurant I was told that he ate there every night. And when he asked for me–that he wanted to meet the new chef–I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t more than a bit intimidated. When I went out to meet him he was just a very old man in a wheelchair sitting with his personal assistant. He was very nice to me and liked to talk about the past. Shortly after I had left I heard of his passing. When he was a young man, I am told and have read, he was quite the character…and had the ego to match. But when I met him he was just a nice old man. He was a powerful man in his prime and now I wonder how many in a generation younger than I even remember him. No matter how much money we have or how much power we control none of it really matters. In the end we are all the same and leave these bodies which we currently inhabit…nothing–not wealth nor power–can stop it. OK, I’ll pull in from my little philosophical tangent, here’s his original recipe for crab cakes.

Crab Cakes
Yield: 18 crab cakes
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 small red pepper, diced small
1 small onion, diced small
2 pounds crab meat
3 eggs
1 cups mayonnaise
1 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons granulated garlic
1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning
1 teaspoons Tabasco sauce
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 bunch flatleaf parsley, washed and coarse chopped
2 cups breadcrumbs
Butter and vegetable oil for sauteing.

Heat the 3 tablespoons oil in a skillet and sauté the peppers and onions until the onions are translucent but not browned; set aside and allow to cool. Add remaining ingredients, stirring gently. Shape into small cakes. Saute the cakes in a combination of butter and oil until browned on both sides. If needed, finish cooking in a 350F oven for 10 minutes.

A Pin, a Quote, and a Prayer…a few thoughts on peace

The above image is of a pin that was given to me yesterday by a friend (thanks Jane!). It’s a miniature version of a sign that I’ve had in the front garden for the past years. Actually the sign in front of my house is the second sign…the first was stolen (how’s that for irony). It’s an image/slogan that began with Sister Karen Klimczak. Anyhow, I was going to write a long post on how much I enjoy having the sign in front of my house (though I don’t always believe I do what it says), how much it means to me, and how powerful and beautiful I think the below quote and prayer are…and also how much inner work I feel I need to do to be able to actually embody some of the things I share on this blog. But I don’t know where to begin. The image, I believe, and the below words, speak for themselves.

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
Mahatma Gandhi

The Prayer of Saint Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.

Amen.