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How to make a fish cake

I haven’t bought fish in months. I know, fish is really good for you and its really tasty.  I’m not afraid of cooking fish, I know sometimes that’s what keeps people from buying fish.  Fish is actually really easy, and fast.  I haven’t bought it recently because I’ve been so enthralled with cooking other meats that I haven’t cooked with before.  Like Pork Belly, Denver Ribs, Boston Butt, Beef Suet, and Pork Back Fat. Who wouldn’t be distracted by all the new and different cuts of meat that I never even knew about. So, I saw this cod for sale and it made me realize just how long it’s been since I cooked fish.  So, I got it. And I cooked it. With the tomatillo sauce like my friend told me to try. And you know what?

I overcooked it. It was kind of gross.

I know how to cook fish. I know that you take it out at least a minute before you think it’s done and let it sit and then test it to make sure its flaky and cooked through.  Not this time.  I did a visual check and decided it needed 5 more minutes (5 more minutes for fish is like 30 more minutes for anything else, seriously don’t know what I was thinking).  It was dry, rubbery, and not tasty.

Fail.

And a fail that involved having an extra overcooked, rubbery and not tasty fillet left over.  I was not excited about suffering through another gross dinner.

What to do?  Yep. Fish Cake.  My gift to everyone else 😉 When you make fish that you don’t want to finish, turn it into this and people will actually request that you make it again.

Fish Cakes

  • Fillet or two of cooked fish, flaked. You could also use chopped shrimp or crab
  • Egg (or 2, depending on how much fish you have)
  • Breadcrumbs, or crushed croutons which I used cause that was all I had
  • clove of garlic
  • parsley
  • mashed potatoes
  • salt and pepper

I have 1 fillet, so I shredded it and added 1 whisked egg along with about a tsp of parsley, some salt and pepper, about half a cup of crushed croutons and about a half cup of mashed potatoes.  You want to have a sticky mixture, but you also want it to hold together.  Preheat a pan and some fat (oil, butter, or lard work well), just enough to cover the bottom of the pan.  Put the patties in the pan and let cook for about 5 minutes, and then flip.  5 more minutes and the on to the dinner plate.

Serve with a salad or steamed broccoli with cheese (or both!) and call it a night!

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Eggplant

And Squash, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Tomatillos, Onion, Garlic Scapes

This is what came in my CSA box last week.  While we’re on that note, I am wondering if other people actually get boxes with food in it when they join a CSA?  I need to take pictures of mine because there aren’t any boxes.

He gave everyone a tote bag and when we arrive on the day we said we would pick up veggies, he’s there, in his van full o good stuff.  He pulls crates of various veggies out of said van and puts them in a row on the ground.  Then he looks at what he has and takes out his chalk board and writes the name and number of veggies you get depending on how many shares you signed up for.  He offers 1, 2 and 4 person shares. We fill our tote bags with however many veggies our share gets that week.  I have to admit, it was what I was expecting at all.  I kept hearing about boxes and shares and I imagined meeting him each week and getting a box all neatly packed and putting it in my car and taking home to open it like it’s a Christmas present.

Ok, so we’ve taken care of that – The veggies have been amazing. I forgot how DIRTY veggies straight from the ground are.  Believe me, I slapped myself in the head when I realized I was thinking that, so no one else has to. Of course they’re dirty, they were living there until a few hours ago.  I had to pick caterpillars out of my cauliflower. I’m probably not making this CSA thing sound very good, but I have to tell you I’ve been loving it.  I’m going to guess that if you knew me, you might not pick me out as someone who enjoys getting dirty and picking caterpillars off veggies.  Well, Surprise!

Back to veggies.  I made a really good onion and squash saute to be a side for the BLTs we had for dinner.  We also had some pretty tasty tomatillo salsa that I put on eggs and hot dogs (separate times, of course).  I heard it would be good on fish.  I’ll have to try that next time. I also made these broccoli cheese bites that were really really amazing.

There were many successes – and one massive failure. Eggplant. What do you do with eggplant that makes it good? It was soo bad, I tried to eat it fried, sauteed, with other veggies, alone, in eggs (gross). I am probably going to get at least one eggplant per week for the next few months, so someone, please help me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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