The Mad Dash ~ Smoked Salmon Canapes

Smoked Salmon

When I was a kid, one of my favorite games was Musical Chairs.

(Remember that one?)

There was something thrilling about circling those chairs — minus one — while trying to appear calm & in control, one ear tuned to perceive the slightest pause in the music. (The other was listening for covert plans by my circle-mates; elbowing and edging-out were entirely acceptable.) My eyes were constantly riveted on the passing prospects for my imminent future… a familiar tale.

Then, there was the inevitable mad dash. The scrambling and the squealing — the flailing of arms and legs (with more than a few nudges) — as everybody tried to find their place in this world, at least temporarily.

Minus one…

(I don’t recall if I was a winner or loser at musical chairs or not.)

More than likely I had a distinct advantage with my finely tuned auditory nerves. (Big fan of the Bionic Woman in later years!) My latent memory is rather fuzzy when it comes to traumatic childhood events masquerading under the guise of games.


Shuffling between chairs (and piano benches) seems to be my lot in life.

I hadn’t really given much thought to that from a posterior perspective… in fact, this is the first time it even occurred to me. But (no pun intended), wherever I’m ‘parked’ is pretty much what I’m doing at any given moment.

At least it’s less random…

And I get to pick the music. ;)

My concert is finally behind me (no pun…) and I’m breathing a huge sigh of relief. Much as I love performing, rehearsals were taking a big bite out of my… time.

You don’t just whip off excerpts from Beethoven’s Sonata Pathetique or Debussy’s Clair de Lune or Schumann’s Concerto in A Minor (among others) without a lil’ preparation — or at least I don’t.

I’m tickled to report though that it was a resounding success. Fun, too!

I added a lighthearted segment at the end including such favorites as “Moon River,” “Over The Rainbow,” “Besame Mucho” and “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” — which seems to be my theme song these days. Ahem…

All in all, enough funds were raised to send ten teenagers to camp this summer (hallelujah!) and in appreciation, they presented me with this:

(Ain’t it gorgeous?)

Thank You Bouquet

And… notice any resemblance to this?

Smoked Salmon 2

Smoked Salmon & Lemon Pepper Avocado Creme Canapes

4 oz. smoked salmon, flaked
Crackers of your choice (I used Glutino gluten-free multi-grain crackers)
1 ripe avocado
Juice of half a lemon
2 T. butter, softened
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Pink Himalayan salt (or sea salt), to taste
Fresh thyme for garnish

Peel & seed the avocado; mash pulp in a small bowl. Add lemon juice and mix thoroughly to prevent discoloration. Stir in butter, pepper, and salt until creamy.

Place a dab of Lemon Butter Avocado Creme on each cracker. Top with smoked salmon and garnish with thyme. Easy, peasy!

(Believe me, I was ready for a lil’ “easy peasy” at this point!)

Life and fabulous food always have a way of coming around…

Like musical chairs.

Enjoying the mad dash,

~ Kim

© 2014 Kim Bultman and a little lunch

26 thoughts on “The Mad Dash ~ Smoked Salmon Canapes

  1. I’m a little late to the party but oh how delicious those canapes sound and I love it that they match the flowers! LOL

    I wish I could have been there to hear the music but I know it was delightful and if I listen, really listen, I may hear you humming a few bars as you prepare your next meal.

    • Sue Ann, if you listen closely, you’ll hear me playing the same songs — and more — musical inspiration begets more musical inspiration! But yes, I often hum in the kitchen, too! ;) You’ve got me pegged! xo

  2. Kim I remember musical chairs too and it was such fun, it was a game played at all our birthday parties when growing up. Your canapés look so deliciously easy and full of flavor… clever resemblance :)

    • Nolita, thank you — I’ll take a look. Working on another big project right now, but I love an intriguing bunny trail and I’m ready for a “fun” break. :)

    • ChopinandMysaucepan, I only did excerpts from the A minor for the concert, but your comment inspired me to get out “the book” this morning (it’s a biggun!) and play through much of it for “fun” — very rusty in spots, ha! Sometimes I can hardly believe the music my piano teacher had me learn, but my fingers still seem to “go to the notes” (even if a tad slower 40 years later!!!) Makes me excited to work on it again and makes me wonder what the next 40 years of my life will bring. :) Thank you for “knowing!”

  3. Yes, yes, Musical Chairs are very popular in Singapore too! Certainly brought back lots of beautiful memories……… Congrats on the success of your concert; wish I were there! Salmon & Avocado sound like a perfect marriage!

    • Shirley, I was so tickled to hear this post brought back memories. That’s the fun part, isn’t it? Our lives — though half-a-world apart — are linked by stories and recollections. Thank you, xo!

  4. You are such a multi-talented lady…I wonder, how you manage everything together. Kim, congratulations from my side on your success. I loved the way you compared life with musical chairs…how true…I enjoyed reading every sentence! The canapés look so inviting…I want to eat a few right now. :)

    • Purabi, life’s definitely been a lot like musical chairs lately! Thank you for your encouragement and verbal hugs! xo
      P.S. I’m finally sitting in one place again… for now. :)

  5. Congratulations on your success with the concerts, for surviving all those rehearsals and for the money raised which goes to such a great cause. Well done! The flowers they gave you are stunning and I love how beautifully the colours match with your canapes xx

  6. Hi Kim! My son who loves smoked salmon and avocado (like crazy!) will absolutely adore this dish. I just bought a new package of smoked salmon for this weekend (for bagels). We’ll definitely enjoy these canapes this weekend. What a wonderful timing. I meant to make this. :)

  7. Where do I start. First, I always loved musical chairs and music. Second, smoked salmon is one of my favorite foods so I will have to try this recipe. Third, the callalilly makes me happier than any other flower. So there you have it. You made my day. Thanks, Kim.

  8. Kim, this is a beautiful post… love the recipe, the flowers and the story too!

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