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I love salmon but don’t buy it very often because of the price. This week it was on special so I decided to splash out. I checked my recipe database for salmon recipes and decided to try one for salmon burgers that I found in the BBC Good Food magazine. The recipe specified 550g of salmon for 4 people but when I buy meat or fish I usually only buy 100g/person – most of us eat too much meat. I got just under 500g of salmon and added some cooked rice to bulk it up. When the burger mix was made it seemed too wet so I threw in some rolled oats as well. The recipe said to cook in oil but since I was using a nonstick pan I didn’t bother. I was amazed how much oil came out of the salmon. When the burgers were cooked there was about 3 tablespoons of oil in the pan.

Here is my version of the recipe

                                             Salmon Burgers

 500      g             boneless, skinless salmon fillets
   1      Tbs           Thai red curry paste
   1                    thumb-size piece fresh root galangal, grated
   1      tsp           soy sauce
   1      tsp           coriander and garlic paste
     1/2  c             cooked rice
     1/4  c             rolled oats
                        lemon wedges, to serve
Tip the salmon into a food processor with the pastes, ginger, soy sauce and rice. Pulse until roughly minced. Tip out the mix, stir in the rolled oats  and shape into 5 burgers. Heat a non-stick frying pan, then fry the burgers for 4-5 mins on each side, turning until crisp and cooked through.

We had the burgers with rice and coleslaw – savoy cabbage, mizuna, carrot, yacon and toasted sesame seeds – and they were yummy (and a decent size). Number 4 son left a fewcrumbs on his plate and I told him that the salmon cost $20/kg so he had better eat every last crumb of it. He was horrified and

Tim's fish

Tim's fish

said that it would be cheaper to catch our own. He was remembering our trip round the top of the South Island a couple of years ago. We went to Anatoki Salmon farm in Golden Bay where you can fish free of charge and only pay for what you catch ($18/kg). The pond where you can fish is teeming with salmon and they supply fishing rods and nets. Thinking of our budget we told the boys they were only allowed to catch 1 salmon each but as soon as they cast in it was obvious catching a fish wouldn’t be hard. Reuben tried to make the experience last by not catching one too quickly but that didn’t work too well. I managed to catch one while I was showing Timothy how to cast so then Timothy had to catch his own. Reuben managed to catch another one by mistake so we ended up with 4 instead of 2. We had 2 of them hot smoked and the others filleted and they lasted for 2 dinners and 3 lunches – heaven!

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