As most of you are aware, the life of being a food blogger can quite often mean expanding waistlines, a more cushiony posterior, wing-like arms and shortness of breath.
One day, I woke up and looked at myself in the mirror and said to myself, “This can no longer go on”.
Sure, eating out and cooking exciting meals every single day is fun. But when it starts wreaking havoc on your body, it’s time to rethink the important issues in life and make a quick decision to switch your mindset.
That’s me. I make decisions rather quickly.
Should I buy those shoes? Done. Get it in all 4 colours then there would be no regrets.
Should I buy that Mac desktop? Sure. Make sure you get the whole kit and kaboodle.
Should I propose to the Boy? Why not, go get a ring and you do it in two weeks.
Should I start a new life saving diet? Yes. And do it now.
So I jumped on the Paleo bandwagon, or as Sporkette likes to call it the train.
More often than not I fall off that Paleo train, and it happens so often, we’ve started calling this diet our Faileo diet. Although I’m not 100% strict with the Paleo dieting, the amount of things I’ve managed to cut out and eat them less or not at all, has given me a new lease in life.
I’m less grumpy. I don’t bloat up after every meal (carbs do that to me). I’m more energetic as well.
The bonus bit? I’ve lost some weight.
So if I can do this, (I say more pork belly and bacon to me!), anyone can. You just have to stay strong and focus, and weigh up the important things in life.
During the Coffee Party (to test out my Saeco coffee machine) which I held for a couple of my friends recently, one of the things I served up were Paleo Salmon Cakes. There are quite a few of these recipes floating around the web, so feel free to compare them. This is my version of a delicious Salmon Cake 🙂
Paleo Salmon Cakes Recipe
Serves 3-4 adults (or 6 as a starter course)
3 Thick cut Salmon Fillets
2 Tablespoons of Coconut Flour
Home Made Almond Meal Crumbs
1 Tablespoon of Capers
A bunch of Dill (chopped finely)
2 Eggs (beaten)
Salt and Pepper to taste
Procedure to make Almond Meal crumbs:
Blitz about 300 grams of Almonds in a food processor. Add 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil as you go.
The resulting product will be a crumbly mixture which you can use in place of breadcrumbs.
Procedure for Salmon Cakes:
Skin the salmon fillets and set the skin aside. Make sure the skin has been scaled.
Cut the salmon fillets into little cubes (check for and discard bones if you come across any).
You don’t want the cubes to be too small, as you will need to blitz them in a food processor.
Start blitzing or blending the salmon cubes in the food processor by pulsing them for 10 seconds. You don’t want to break the fish down too much as it will be too springy. It will be fine, if there are still small chunks.
In a large mixing bowl, combine salmon, capers, dill, coconut flour, salt and pepper and mix well.
Shape the salmon mixture into patties and coat with the egg wash.
In another bowl, coat the salmon patties with the almond crumbs.
In a large pan, heat up 3-4 tablespoons of olive oil (you can add more as you go, as the salmon cakes absorb oil), and fry until golden brown.
Dish out, and drain.
In a fresh pan, heat up some olive oil and fry the salmon skin (salted) until it crisps up. Serve together with the salmon cakes.
Serve it up hot with a lemon wedge on the side 🙂
Obviously we had a big bowl of salad to go with this as well (amongst other things).
So what diet bandwagons have you ever jumped on, and how has that worked out for you?
These were surprisingly good for paleo fare. Loved the crisp fish skins. 🙂
hahahaha… we were out to impress you that Paleo is yum!
Never jumped on any diet bandwagons. I don’t usually go on a strict diet. Just everything according to the food pyramid. Hehe
That’s cause you’re skinny and lucky 😛 I’ve never jumped either til now. Seriously more a health wagon than a diet one!
Despite recent evidence to the contrary, I’m not much of a bandwagoner with anything, diet included – most of the time I’d rather do my own thing and I strongly object to being a part of anything ‘popular’. (Case in point … I nearly didn’t go to Patricia’s this morning because it was ‘written up’ in The Age yesterday. Good coffee won that argument though thankfully :))
Yayy! Glad you made it there and liked it!
Finally, finally actually stopped and ‘drank in’ on Friday instead racing out with a take away. It really is a nice way to start the day and the mineral water is such a fabulous touch.
Yayy!!!! I knew you’d like Patricia’s!!
Oooooh! I am so, so in, Angle Babe!! You can make this for me anytime. Oh how I love capers and coconut flour 🙂
Yeah and you eat fish too! Winning already!
OMG I’M EATING TUNA RIGHT NOW. And I just made fried eggs for the first time in, what, over a decade? The sky is falling! The sky is falling!
You do know you are cuckoo don’t you? But you are MINE! Crazy cuckoo Angle Babe!
I am anti diet – but the salmon cakes look pretty good – paleo or no paleo!
I used to be anti-diet, until I got a rounder middle… and lost of energy…
I haven’t really been on diet bandwagons although I have tried dieting once or twice in my life. None has worked out so I am still the size I am. I guess one day I will regret.
I am however, totally on the buying Apple products bandwagon. I own 5 apple products not including accessories and frankly, I think they’re the best things ever invented. 😛
Apple bandwagon? Rock on! Me too!! Can’t wait for the iPad 3 !!!
I can relate with the issues of being a food blogger and I’ve only just started lol
I’ve never really heard of the Paleo diet before 🙂 Diet or not these salmon cakes look so yummy ~
I read Bethenny Frankel’s skinny girl book and I think that was good and helped me eat healthily again~
Eating healthy is the key 🙂 Middle path!
hahaha, i feel the same way when putting on my dress! Let me know how your diet journey goes! I might join the band!
It’s been good so far! I’ve lost about 5kgs 🙂
Never been on a diet before unless you count the fast – which I guess is a diet if you don’t include the spiritual element to it. I love this recipe though, Paleo or not (as some have already said).
Btw, I gave you an honourable mention for the Libester Blog Award :). See http://wp.me/p1AZAG-hZ
Yes! FAST is counted 😛 And thank you again for the honourable mention!!
For some reason that blitzed salmon looks really scrumptious to me! I don’t do diets, but I like to think that I eat quite healthily, most of the time…
It was! For some reason, I only realised I used sashimi grade salmon after I blitzed them.. *oops*
Yum! Could I use canned tuna in place of the salmon? I bougth so much tuna in springwater on special and do not know what to do with it!
I used to do the ‘low fat’ diet but it didn’t work. I lost weight but looked terrible. So now I do the paleo/primal diet (what is the difference anyway?) and it is great:) I still like to bake, but each week I notice that I couldn’t care less about eating the finished baked product. I’m going off sweets AHHH! 😐
Ermm… maybe not? Lol.. it just might not taste the same! I love the paleo, I actually feel healthier and crave veggies and fruits!
Toot toot goes the train. 😀
And *poot* *poot* watch me fall off 😛
These look delicious!! Love the crispy skin too 🙂 waste not, want not 😉
Never waste skin!! Skin makes things better 🙂 Crispy one at least!
Ooh, this looks like a really good recipe, regardless if you’re on a diet or not! It’s good to hear it’s done heaps for you 🙂 Yay weight loss!
Should I shout Thanh a meal, yes. 🙂