Running & Athletic Expertise: I started running in my mid-thirties, and am a solid middle-of-the-pack racer. I was never very successful in team sports, and being able to improve and break my own records in running has been a fabulous boost to my athletic confidence.
Cooking Expertise: I have always loved to cook, and tricky recipes or new ingredients don’t scare me. At the same time I like having some quick and easy five-ingredient-recipes that I can throw together without much thought at the end of a busy day.
Name of Recipe: Salmon Cakes
How it went: I have been looking for a quick and easy salmon cake recipe for a long time. Living in the Pacific Northwest, whole salmon are available at a great price, but inevitably, a four pound fish will give you lots of leftovers. Therefore I deviated from the recipe slightly and used fresh (cooked and cooled) sockeye salmon instead of canned.
Don’t let the category “For the athlete who loves to cook” scare you; the recipe came together very quickly and easily. Three ingredients plus some spices are mixed together in a bowl. I used a 1/4 cup cookie scoop to measure the fish ball, then flattened it in the skillet with my spatula. A quick three minute sear on both sides, and the salmon cake was ready. I served it with rice, but it could easily go on a burger bun or English Muffin as well.
Food photography is tricky and not my expertise, but the end result was delicious!
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