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As most of you are aware, the life of being a food blogger can quite often mean expanding waistlines, a moreΒ cushionyΒ 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 SaecoΒ 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 πŸ™‚

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
Olive Oil
Lemon Wedges

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 πŸ™‚

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?