Yesterday I had a gorgeous date with some lovely lady friends at the paleo-friendly Primal Pantry in Teneriffe, Brisbane. This gorgeous paleo cafe and grocery store had us nerding-out at all the nutrient-dense goodies they had available (we all study together, so healthy food is like our crack!).
I had the Southern Spiced Quail, which came with a gorgeous cucumber and pomegranate salad, and got myself the Lime & Hibiscus Buchi Kombucha (which is a locally brewed kombucha, and the lady at their market stall is always so nice!). Laura had a mix of their salads and the Cauliflower Fried Rice, which was yummy and cheap, and Debbie had Crab Cakes with Asian Slaw. We were more than satisfied with this delicious feast, and it was just so nice having a lady date on our mid-semester break that was in line with our passions and beliefs about food.
If you haven’t heard of the Paleo Diet/Food movement etc, it’s a diet that is based on the diet of our ancestors, full of animal proteins and fats, with lots of vegetables, fruits, nuts, no grains, no legumes (basically nothing that came about through the agricultural age). It has it’s good points; high protein, lots of good fats, nothing refined, high in mineral content; but at the same time, I’m not one who does anything to extremes, my body has no problem tolerating beans and legumes if they are prepared right, and I personally believe that complex carbs, especially buckwheat, quinoa, brown rice, oats and legumes can be very beneficial to the diet and have a protective effect against bowel cancers and heart disease. But this is my opinion.
Either way, due to my own health concerns, I feel it would be a good idea for me to cut wheat out for a while, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to miss out on delicious food, in fact, quite the opposite!
I had some fish that isn’t my favourite, but the boyfriend had purchased that I didn’t want to waste. I needed to do something with it, and I wanted to say thank you to said boyfriend for looking after me for the past few days. Those crab cakes were on my mind – they were quite moorish – so I made up this recipe and again, I fell in love with myself (as I usually do when I make up a recipe that is THIS GOOD!!). These were very easy to make and I was just able to plod about the kitchen to get it all done in small amount of time, which was most enjoyable.
CORIANDER FISH CAKES
Makes 8 fish cakes (Feeds 2 hungry adults with a couple of fish cakes leftover)
Also, each fish cake provides 223.75 calories, and 13.8g of protein
1 cup crushed mixed nuts (I put mine in the blender) or almond meal
2 snapper fillets (approx 300g)
4 cloves peeled garlic
Small handful of fresh coriander, finely chopped
1-2Tbl Rice Bran oil or coconut oil
In a medium pot, place your fish fillets and garlic cloves and cover with cold water and a lid. Cook on a medium-high heat until a foam forms on the surface of the water and your fillets are cooked (do not let it boil).
Drain your fish and garlic and rinse with cold water.
Tear apart your fish fillets into small strips with your hands, being careful to remove any bones (I only found four). Place in a large mixing bowl with nut meal, egg, S&P, coriander, and crush in your garlic cloves. Combine using your hands, and shape into patties. I made 8 with my batch.
Place your frypan on a high heat, sprinkle with oil and when it’s nice and hot, place on your patties and cook until golden brown on both sides.
While your patties are cooking, make yourself a quick salad. Mine contained purple and orange carrots, rocket, radish, cucumber and celery. I love slicing my veggies using my handy-dandy mandolin slicer, it’s so much prettier, delicate and crunchy that way. I dressed it with the following recipe which went great guns with the fish cakes too!
***NOTE: This dressing is not paleo friendly/grain free!!***
2 tsp sesame oil
1tsp tamari/soy sauce
1 tsp fish sauce
1 tsp honey
juice from 1/2 a lime
1 tsp dried chilli flakes
4 mint leaves, finely chopped
Whisk to combine and taste (adjust if necessary) before pouring on your salad
I’m sure that these would go great with a nice herby mayo if that is more your style, or perhaps you could change the fish to basa, barramundi, salmon, or even sardines, if you’re feeling adventurous!
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As always, let me know what you think of the recipe, especially if you give it a go.
Have you tried the paleo diet? Or been to the Primal Pantry? I would love to hear your thoughts on the subject.