Sunday, 7 June 2009

Sunday rest

We are going to go see the Star Trek film today. I heard it's funny – I hope I won't have too high expectations... We will also make fish cakes from our left over new potatoes, a dish we have picked up here in Ireland. Here's the recipe, borrowed and altered from the blog

Fish cakes
125 g smoked salmon
Half an onion, finely chopped
2 scallions
1 heaped dessert spoon soft cheese, e.g. Philadelphia
4 baby new potatoes, cooked, peeled and cooled.
1 medium egg
Black pepper
Butter or oil to fry the fish cakes

Melt the butter in a pan over a medium heat. Fry the onion gently for about 10 minutes. The onion should be soft and slightly brown. Put the fish in a bowl and separate the flakes gently with a fork - do not mash. When the onion is done, mix it and the chopped scallion with the fish, again without mashing or overly breaking up the salmon. Fold in the cheese. Crush the potatoes so that they are in small chunks, but once again, do not mash. Fold them into the mix. Season with a good amount of black pepper, maybe a squeeze of lemon juice, too. Now lightly beat the egg and mix it gently though. Don't mash! Divide the mixture in four and form into balls in your hands, then flatten into a cake shape. Put the cakes into the fridge for an hour or so (longer is fine) to firm up before frying. Fry in butter or olive oil (I prefer butter) over a medium heat. Be sure to allow them to fully fry on one side before turning them over, otherwise they can break up a little. Serve with a nice salad and maybe a creme fraiche sauce.

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