by Angela (Oh She Glows) on September 11, 2010

Good morning!

The headache still rages on. In fact, it woke me up this morning it was so bad. Not a fun way to wake up.

I decided I needed some comfort food this morning…


Since eating leftover high protein garlic mashed potatoes for breakfast might be a bit strange, I decided to turn my leftovers into something magical with the help of leftover Veggie Chickpea Curry.


Ok wait, eating chickpea curry in the morning is also strange. Scratch that. I’m weird.

The other day a reader commented that I should make potato cakes out of the leftovers. What a genius idea! I don’t think I have ever made potato cakes before, but I sure do love the thought of them.

I mixed my leftover mashed potatoes with the leftover curry and formed small patties.


I had a feeling this was going to be awesome.

First I tried pan-frying them.


I do not suggest this…they fell apart and stuck to the pan. I shed a tear but persisted onward.


Onto a baking sheet and into the oven they went! Luckily I saved them. ;)


Baked for about 40 minutes.

Ohhhh yea.


Everything But The Kitchen Sink High Protein Potato Cakes

Ingredients (just estimates):


Directions: Preheat oven to 400F and grease a baking sheet or line with parchment. Mix together and shape into small patties. Bake for about 20 minutes on each side until golden and crispy.


These. were. amazing. I couldn’t really detect the curry at all. It just tasted like awesome crispy garlic mashed potatoes and veggies. :) The chunks of chickpeas were also wonderful to bite into.


As I ate I read some 9/11 articles in the Globe and Mail. Nine years have passed. I have so much respect for the rescue workers and everyday people who risked their lives to help others in need. My brother Chris is a firefighter so it always feels a bit close to home reading about other’s stories.

I still remember everything about the moment when I heard about the attacks. In psychology, we call this a Flashbulb Memory. With a Flashbulb Memory, an emotionally arousing event or piece of news elicits a highly detailed, vivid snapshot of the moment. Everything about the event is illuminated and imprinted into our memory forever. Just picture one of those old flashbulb cameras going off.

I was sitting in my tiny dorm room at the University of Guelph (Lennox-Addington building!), just having started my 1st year of university only days earlier. I was at my large wooden desk sitting in my uncomfortable wooden chair, looking up some of my courses and schedules. Suddenly, my roommate ran in to tell me that there was some kind of attack that happened. We turned the TV on and watched in horror.

I will never forget that moment.

Please take a moment today to remember those that were lost and their families.


Do you have a Flashbulb Memory for 9/11? Do you know where you were when you found out?

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Alaina @ The Jogging Concierge September 11, 2010 at 3:06 pm

I was in my senior year of high school, during morning break when I heard that 2 planes had hit the World Trade Center. At first I thought it was two small, private planes; I had no idea the magnitude of it until I watched the TV in one of the classrooms. I witnessed the 2nd tower fall and I will never forget that.

BTW, potato cakes look fantastic!


Anna (Literate Vegan) September 11, 2010 at 3:14 pm

I remember exactly where I was – in Edinburgh, watching 24 hour news (it’s permanently on in our house) and feeling like I was watching a disaster movie. I work in human rights and international security/conflict resolution, so pretty much everything in my line of work was turned upside down at that point. It’s become such a reference point in international culture.

Sorry you’re not feeling well – I can definitely sympathise. For me, nothing works except for retiring to a darkened room with my doggie. Damn hormones! Your breakfast looks amazing though – having irish parents (though I consider myself Scottish) I think I have genetic propensity for loving all things potato. Yum! And the best comfort food.

On a different note, I’ve written before about how inspiring your story of how you changed your life around has been. I have since made some big changes – changed jobs to where I feel more valued, trying not to fret too much over my weight and concentrate instead on being strong and healthy. And today I signed up for a jewelry making course – something I always wanted to do, but felt is wasn’t ‘serious’ enough for me to be able to justify. That quote from EPL really struck a chord – why not do something for pure enjoyment! So, thanks again!


Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy September 11, 2010 at 3:20 pm

I definitely have a flashbulb moment of 9/11. I was a senior in high school and had just gotten out of French class and was walking towards the library where my next class was being held. One of my friends was telling a group of us that there was an attack on the pentagon. When we got to the library, they allowed us to turn on the television and that’s when we found out exactly what had happened. I went to a small high school so everyone in the class was pretty close and we all cried together that day. I also remember how after a couple of days, I couldn’t watch television anymore for a few weeks. It was just so, so sad.


tweal September 11, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Great question, my flashbulb memory is similar to yours so I guess we are the same age! I had just started college for hair styling and we were in class when a teacher came in and said that a plane had just hit a building. None of us really understood until we turned on a television and saw for ourselves. And actually, that morning around 9am I was waiting for the bus to get to school and it was late, and I remember looking up at the sky and impatiently thinking “I wonder if something happened somewhere?” (to make the bus late).

p.s. Potato pancakes look soo good!


Stacey @ The Habit of Healthy September 11, 2010 at 3:36 pm

It may be a weird breakfast, but once again you send out another fabulous recipe into the blogosphere! I was at University when I heard about 9/11. I was at home watching TV and eating a meal (although I can’t remember which one!). I just stopped eating and couldn’t believe what I was seeing – I didn’t think it was real. I never thought anything like that would ever happen. It’s a sad day. :(


stacey-healthylife September 11, 2010 at 4:11 pm

9/11, it’s a moment to stop and remember for sure.

I was kinda worried about that breakfast at first, but you turned it into something amazing.


Annie D @ Annie's Simple Life September 11, 2010 at 4:21 pm

I remember it like it was yesterday. I was a senior in high school, in my Government class. Our principal interrupted the news coverage that we had on our tv’s in the classrooms and said “Education must continue”, and made us turn off our tv’s. He did not get high marks that year.


Sportsgirl September 11, 2010 at 5:22 pm

I live in New Zealand but I was actually on the phone with my friend from Boston at about 1-2am my time. He said something like he had to go cos his Mom rang and said something was happening in New York.
Next morning my mother woke me up at about 7am to say that NY was being bombed! I was like… WTH??!! The next day at university the whole of the medical school campus was glued to the TV in between our classes!


Heather (Heather's Dish) September 11, 2010 at 6:21 pm

it was my senior year in high school and i was getting my ankles taped for morning volleyball practice when i saw the plane hit the second tower. seeing people jumping from the windows is something i will never forget.

but the way that America pulled together afterward is something i can never forget either. God bless America!


Kait September 11, 2010 at 9:15 pm

I was in grade 5 when It happened. It was such a devastating day..I remember feeling very confused and really wanting to help in any way I could that was possible..all the way from Ontario. We prayed a lot that day, and continue to pray all day on this date every year xo


Sana September 11, 2010 at 9:52 pm

I will never forget :(

I know you don’t eat egg- but when I fry something that needs to be glazed together I usually just glaze some egg over it.


Bee Goes Bananas September 11, 2010 at 9:57 pm

I remember emotions better than actual events, although I do have a good memory for body. I just remember the feeling I got in the pit of my stomach when I saw all of my teachers in the library hovering around a television that was replaying the crash over and over. What an awful feeling!


Jeanne September 11, 2010 at 11:53 pm

I can remember it exactly, it was so shocking. I was living in Colorado at the time, and ironing my outfit for that day’s work. I had Matt Lauer and Katie Couric on the air in front of me, showing over and over again a shot of the first airplane hitting the tower. They were saying that there was no reason to think it was anything but an accident. And then, as I watched and continued ironing, the second plane hit. Shocked me inside and out. I remember walking around in a fog that day thinking of my friends in Boston and hoping that none of them were flying that day. I continue to pray for those that were affected by this horrible tragedy.


jennifer September 12, 2010 at 12:01 pm

I was a senior in high school and had the first two periods off, so I was getting ready for school. We always had the tv on low with the news on in the background in the morning, and I just happened to glance at it. I watched, perched on the arm of the couch, thinking it was a horrible accident. When the second plane hit, I yelled for my mom (who was also getting ready) to come in. We just kinda sat there watching, stunned. The magnitude of that day still has never sunk in completely.


jennifer September 12, 2010 at 12:03 pm

PS I think it’s kinda neat that quite a few of the commenters are my age- seniors in high school on 9/11


Tina September 12, 2010 at 1:16 pm

I was 2 months away from giving birth to my twins. I had just turned 29. I was asleep and my husband woke me up. He was very confused for a while until they said what was really going on. We were both just in shock. Now that I think about it, I was also sleeping when they announced Princess Diana had died and he woke me up for that too. It was my 25th birthday. I cried both days.


Kris September 12, 2010 at 3:11 pm

I remember it exactly. I was starting my second day on a new job. One of our patients called in and told us the first plane had hit. The second one hit, and they started talking about the plane headed towards the Pentagon. My boss touched my back w/ a very cold hand and asked me if I needed to check in w/ DH who was a Navy captain at that time (now retired). I said he would be fine since he wasn’t stationed at the Pentagon, but remembered he said he had a meeting out of the building which usually meant going to the Pentagon. I called him and he answered right away, thank goodness. I was talking to him as the plane crashed into the Pentagon. The next day everyone going to the Pentagon was instructed to wear service dress blues to show the world we weren’t beaten and our heads were held high. I first saw the crash site two days afterward. It was heart wrenching. I will never forget there was no traffic in the DC metro area on 9/11; it just shut down. No one was on the roads. Many from DH’s community (Intel) were killed at the Pentagon. Never forget, and thanks to those who serve us so bravely!!


Ashley M. [at] (never home)maker September 13, 2010 at 3:38 pm

Like you, I had only been at college for a few days. I was in an English class. We were reading Poe . . . and an officer came in and took a girl out of class. See, at Ithaca College — a large majority of students were from in/around NYC. This girl, we later found out, found out that her dad was trapped in the Towers during the whole thing. He didn’t make it :( I’ll seriously never forget how upsetting/confusing that day was!


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