This continues the old favourites theme by delving even deeper into my past. Fishcakes are a firm favourite in my family and probably the only main meal Mum cooks that we used to eat 25+ years ago.
Fishcakes are a great way to use up leftover potato. I mash the potato (skin on is fine), add a small finely chopped onion, and the fish. For fish my mum always uses tinned tuna, but I like smoked mackerel, about a 2:1 ratio of potatoes to fish. For a bit of extra flavour I add a splodge of umami paste if I have any on hand, as well as some chopped parsley.
You’ll need three shallow bowls. In the first, put some flour and season it with salt and pepper. I also add sumac if I have any. Beat up an egg in the second (you may need more than one if you’re feeding a family). And put breadcrumbs in the third. Mum always uses homemade but I cheat and buy breadcrumbs.
To make the fishcakes, roughly shape a handful of mixture into a ball and flatten it slightly. Repeat until the mix is used up. Heat 1-2 cm of oil in a frying pan. Fry the fishcakes until golden brown and drain on kitchen paper.
I found some beetroot chutney in a cupboard so I served it with the fishcakes, as well as some cucumber pickle I’d made earlier and some salad.
I didn’t quite use up the breadcrumbs, but that’s ok – I’ll save them for the next time I make fishcakes!
Although I didn’t finish the breadcrumbs I did finish the plain flour and used up some potatoes. Check my progress on the list.