Tuesday, June 08, 2010

salmon cakes

These are a kid friendly way of encouring fish consumption.
(you can also use tuna if you like)

1 can of salmon packaged in water (drain water)
2 to 3 eggs
1/2 cup of breadcrumbs
1/4 cup of parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon of grated lemon peel
1 squeeze of lemon juice
chopped herb (parsely, cilantro or dill work)
2 cloves of crushed garlic

combine all ingredients in a bowl.
make small patties with your hands.
dip patties in breadcrumbs (both sides)
fry in sunflower or olive oil until golden brown on each side.
serve with lemon wedges or Aoili

Olivia love these.

Make this soup for someone you love

When I made this soup I thought, oh wow this is so healthy, exotic and delicately flavorful that it's perfect to serve to someone you love.

2 firm white fish filets (i used basa)
3 table spoons of twoeng jang (a korean miso, but japanese miso will do)
bunch of oyster mushrooms
one or two baked yams (peeled and cubed)
big bunch of spinach (washed, of course)
3 cups veggie broth
!/3 block of silken tofu, cubed
1 tsp sambal oelek (or any chili paste)

Heat veggie broth in a soup-pan until simmering, add mushrooms and tofu and cook a few minutes, add your fish until its white and firm, then add your yams. Cook until hot, then add your diced green onions and spinach until its wilted. Serve with brown rice.

Simple right? So delicious.

Fish curry (a recipe my dad emailed to me)

This is so yummy, and so simple as far as Indian food goes. The whole spices are just fried in the oil for one minute, which flavors the oil and consequently the whole dish. When I made it a few weeks ago I added slightly different spices to it. My dad says its just as delicious without any spices, so you can omit them if you'd like but my dad's a damn fine cook so if I were you I would just try it his way. He emailed me this recipe.

Fish Curry – Andhra Style – as learnt from my Mom

900 Grams of Fish (I used a package of Basa fillets. Salmon steaks also work well)
4 to 6 cloves of garlic – crushed
3 or 4 medium onions – Chopped fine
Knob of Ginger – about 2.5 cm long – grated
6 to 12 Curry Leaves
1 dry red chili – seeded
1⁄2 tsp fenugreek Seeds – Ground
A pinch of Hing (Asafetida)
1 Tomato – Chopped
Small Stick of Cinnamon
3 or 4 pods of Cardamom – Bruised
1⁄2 can of Thick Coconut Milk
2 Green Chilies – I used Serrano Chilies – seeded and sliced fine
1⁄4 cup of Chopped Cilantro


Rub fish pieces with salt and turmeric (a little turmeric goes a long way). Prepare the Onion, Garlic and Ginger. Heat the oil in a large fry-pan and fry the fish till it is a light golden brown. Set aside. In the same pan add the dry red chili an fry till slightly blackened. Add the powdered fenugreek seeds, Hing and curry leaves and fry for a little while longer till the aromas are released. Be careful not to burn the Fenugreek. Add the onion, ginger and garlic and fry over a medium heat till the onions are a golden brown. This takes patience but you will be rewarded with sweet caramelized onions. Do not burn the mixture or your sauce will be bitter. Add the tomato and cook till most of the water evaporates. Add the whole spices, coconut milk and cook till the mixture thickens. Add salt to taste. Reduce the heat. Add the fish and stir very gently to coat the fish with the mixture. Cook for a few minutes. Add the green chilies and cilantro and cook for a minute longer and serve with hot rice.

By K.S. Sharma

When I made it, I omitted the curry leaves and fenugreek and added 5 cloves and about 8 peppercorns. I also fried all the spices in the oil at once. It was very delicious.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Cara and Chantal's Shrimp Burgers

we were going to make salmon burgers but that proved to be too expensive so we opted for a bag of shrimp instead. They turned into a beautiful crustacean incarnation.

1 bag (1 pound or so) of shrimp (devined and all the dirty work done is best)
1/4 red onion
4 cloves of garlic
bunch of french cilantro
1/2 inch of fresh ginger (peeled and chopped)
1 teaspoon of grated lime peel
2 teaspoons fish sauce
1/3 cup of flour
1/2 cup of bread crumbs
3 eggs
salt 1 teaspoon
pepper (dash)
sugar (1 teaspoon)
(could add some heat with chilli pepper etc.)

rough chop the shrimp and all other ingredients
mix in eggs, flour and bread crumbs

heat olive oil or other oil in a frying pan. (not to hot)
drop in heaping tablespoon of shrimp mixture.
brown on both sides (about 4 minutes per side)

lay out on paper towel to soak up extra oil.

serve with chopped cilantro, lime wedges, red onion slices and mayo.
on whole wheat buns.