Heavenly Salmon Salad

Heavenly Salmon Salad

Ever since I flipped through the pages of Jamie’s Great Britain,¬†I have been so excited to make this salad. Warm potatoes, salmon and a tzatziki-like dressing…heavenly sounds like the perfect word to describe this…salad seems less like a word to describe this, but it makes it sound healthy so let’s go with it.

Heavenly Salmon Salad

I started by getting my salmon ready. Unlike Jaime Oliver, I buy frozen, skinless, boneless salmon. So I patted it dry after it thawed, placed it in the middle of a large piece of tinfoil and sprinkled on some salt and pepper, drizzled olive oil and a cut a few chunks of butter over it. I folded the tinfoil up tight and popped it into a 375 degree oven for 20 minutes. (I always worry about under-cooking my salmon, so you might only need to cook it like Jaime says for 15 minutes at 350 degrees…)

Heavenly Salmon Salad

While that was cooking I brought half a bag of potatoes cut into bite sized pieces to a boil in liberally salted water. I cooked them until they were nice and soft.

To make the dressing I grated a whole cucumber into a bowl and added dried mint (again, sorry Jaime, the fresh mint at the grocery store looked like it had passed its prime), fresh dill (yeah, I buy the stuff in the squeeze tube so it lasts longer), 4 tbsp sour cream (did you know that Greek yogurt is $5 a container???), a lug (great word right?) of olive oil and a whole bunch of salt, pepper and lemon juice (from the little plastic lemon I have in my fridge). I gave it a good stir and let it hang out till everything else was ready.

Heavenly Salmon Salad

I served this with the potatoes on the bottom, salmon flaked on top and smothered in the cucumber dressing.

Heavenly Salmon Salad

The verdict- Ah-mazing! So fast, so easy and absolutely chocked full of flavor. Warm and creamy….I heart this so much. I will totally be making this again soon! Now to go back to those cookbooks to see if there is any other gold hiding in those pages…

 

 

Tuna Cakes with Fresh Tomato Salsa

It was home reading prize day today in Room 4. I like to give a monthly prize to a student in my room who takes the time to read 15-20 minutes each day. Yes, I know it is a bit of a bribe to get kids reading…but the point is THEY ARE READING!

Frankly if it takes a bag of kitschy knick knacks, I’ll do it. Parents, don’t hate me.

On prize day, I pull out a book I have (I pick up a lot at garage sales and second hand stores), a bookmark or two and then I rummage through the prize box. My prize box is full of all kinds of stuff. I used to go to the Dollar Store and painstakingly pick out little toys and party favors that I thought the kids would enjoy to put in my prize box, but I’ve realized those are not the hot ticket items. Do you want to know what is?

All the swag Andrew brings home from trade fairs.

Yep, kids love trade show swag.

Easy release landyard? Yep!

Stress balls? You bet!

Notepads with names of companies I have never heard of? Absolutely.

Pens? Well any pen is a coveted item because you are not allowed to use a pen in Grade 3 (we make too many mistakes and can’t fix it when we use pen…)

Needless to say the kids could hardly wait till the end of the day. I showed them all the items in the prize bag, with many oohs, ahhs and gasps. One little boy actually said “This is the greatest prize EVER! I sure hope I win…”

I drew the name, and my prize winner looked like she had won the lottery. I think it did the trick too because everyone reminded me on the way out the door that they were going home to do their reading. Mission accomplished!

I was excited to try this recipe because, to me, it looked a bit like a crab cake. I’ve come to really love crab cakes…see my dad is a big fan of crab cakes, so they are usually ordered as an appetizer when we go out as a family. I manage to take a nibble here and there and love how crunchy they get on the outside…and the tartar sauce on the side…don’t even get me started. Maybe I just need to make crab cakes? I’ll have to look into that.

Anyways, I started by making the fresh tomato salsa first.

Tuna Cakes with Fresh Tomato Salsa

In a bowl I mixed together 6 small diced tomatoes, 2 green onions chopped, some garlic, about a tablespoon of fresh squeezed lime juice, 2 tablespoons of chopped parsley and salt and pepper to taste. I let that hang out together while I whipped up the tuna cakes.

In a second bowl I mixed together

  • 3 cans of tuna
  • 1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 2 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustarf
  • a squeeze of sriracha
  • 1 egg
  • salt and pepper to taste

Tuna Cakes with Fresh Tomato Salsa

I formed the tuna mixture into 5 rather large cakes and one sort of baby cake.

Tuna Cakes with Fresh Tomato Salsa

I heated a little oil in a frying pan on the stove and started frying 2 at a time. The original recipe called for 2 minutes per side. Since mine seemed thick and I wanted a nice golden crust on the outside, I gave it a minute more.

When they were done I removed them from the pan, and let them drain on a paper towel lined plate.

Don’t they look delish?

Tuna Cakes with Fresh Tomato Salsa

Yep, that’s right, the golden cake you see in the original recipe was not what I got when I started frying. In fact, that first flip was accompanied by a small scream of frustration.

I guess I should look on the bright side…there do seem to be some crispy bits in there…

Since the first two were such a big bust, I just threw the rest of the tuna mixture in, gave it a stir and let it crisp up on each side…making more of a tuna hash than cake.

I served my failure of a cake over rice and topped it with the tomato salsa.

Tuna Cakes with Fresh Tomato Salsa

The verdict- Though¬†it was not a cake, it was still tasty. Next time I would half the amount of parsley in the salsa and add in some cilantro to brighten things up. I would also figure out how to hold that mixture together better…maybe more egg? more panko? Actually…who am I kidding? Though it tasted good, I probably won’t make this again. Maybe I need to go look up crab cake recipes instead.