Thursday, 19 April 2012

Mackerel Fish Cakes

There has been quite a lot of chatter about fish cakes* on my Twitter feed recently, so when Z offered to make a batch of mackerel fish cakes for tea, I could hardly say no.  Z looks after the boy on Thursday and Friday so managing to knock up a batch of fish cakes whilst toddler wrangling was a herculean feat.

Z used peppered smoked mackerel** as the fishy part of the mixture along with mashed potato, softened leeks, sweetcorn and parsley.  The mixture was shaped into cakes, coated in egg and bread crumbs and put into the fridge so that they would hold together better in the oven.

Apart from the egg everything on our plates this evening had been reduced for quick sale, including the breadcrumbs which we make from stale bread and keep in the freezer.  The fish cakes were much lighter than any that you could buy pre-made.  All to often bought fish cakes have far too much potato and not enough fish.  Z got the balance just right.

*including images of Finnish cakes decorated with fish!
**it's one of R's favourites.

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