The Sarnor family is a blended family. Lateef was married before and he and Sophia had Evan. One of the things I am most thankful for is that our blended family functions so smoothly. This recipe for wild salmon cakes is a recipe Sophia shared with us and it is now in my holiday brunch rotation. One caveat, this recipe does take a bit of time so I would not personally make it if I were also hosting on the same holiday, but this is perfect if you are just bringing a dish or two to someone else’s house.
I grew up in a blended family (and Sophia actually did also) so, to me, a blended family is completely normal. It was just more love going around (and coming my way!). We thankfully have no drama, but we each also make an extra effort to just treat the other person as a human being. Not like an ex-wife or the new wife, but just a few adults who all have love for each other and all have a great love for Evan. Sophia has always made a real effort – getting gifts to give to me from Evan for mother’s day and holidays. Sending gifts and cards when Ellington and Sienna were born. Many people describe us as modern. I just count these as blessings.
We also sometimes share recipes, via Lateef. Sophia has a family tradition of having salmon cakes, stewed apples and flaky biscuits on holidays for brunch. Sophia is also a food lover so she usually sends Lateef a photo of her and Evan’s breakfast when he’s not with us. On Thanksgiving morning, Lateef showed me the photo and said, wow, I had that for so many years, I can almost taste it when I see the picture. So, off to the store he went to buy all the fixings. Not long thereafter, we had a delicious brunch to keep us full until Thanksgiving Dinner.