Sunday, 8 February 2015

Using up the Salmon


After my creamy pasta meal a few days ago, and my day and night of feeling pretty yucky.  I thought I really had to try the salmon bits that had been saved as 'purposeful leftovers', mainly to find out if it had been the cream or the fish.  

I was pretty sure that it was the cream, as I can't and don't drink any milk because of this yuckiness happening previously after anything milky.  I guess when I had the cream I was hoping that by not having any milk for months I might have gotten over my intolerance.  But it appears not.


There was just a little bit of salmon ....


... so I added a bag of veg hash from the freezer and one potato.


I thawed the veg hash out by simply tipping it in it's frozen state into a pan and let the heat as I stirred it around thaw it out gradually.  The potato was popped into the microwave and cooked for eight minutes, once soft I scooped out the flesh gave it a quick mash and added it and some frozen peas to the hash in the pan, then I added the salmon.  I cooked the lot for a couple of minutes and then tipped into a bowl to cool down.  I ate the potato skins with a little butter and a sprinkle of cheese ... waste not want not ;-)


Once it was cool enough to handle I tipped a beaten egg into the bowl and divided the mixture into two.  It was a pretty sloppy mix I shouldn't really have tipped all the egg into it in one go, but after rolling the potato/fish cakes round in some flour they held together enough to be able to get them onto the baking dish.


Half an hour later I had a couple of lovely fish cakes, which were served on a bed of mixed leaves with a dollop of mayo.  It was very filling and very satisfying to make a full meal out of some little bits and pieces.

And I had NO side effects .... PHEW!!

Sue xx

14 comments:

  1. There's apparently some evidence to show that menopause/ age brings with it a diminished capacity to produce lactase - the enzyme which helps to digest lactose - resulting in an increased number of lactose-intolerant post menopausal women. You could try lacto-free products (as opposed to dairy free) to see if these are possible to digest better. (Regular) cheese would also theoretically induce the same intolerant side effects, I guess :(

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    1. Interesting information thank you - I definitely fit in that category.

      I'm not switching to lacto-free as I don't need or want milk in my diet. I am currently trying out some Almond milk for cereals, porridge etc, that's fine for me and I try to always buy organic skimmed milk for Lovely Hubby and organic cheeses, I don't like to support the normal dairy industry as I hate the way cows are bred and milked. It causes so much suffering and premature death. Jumping off my soapbox now - sorry!!

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    2. I have been following a vegan diet for some time now (for ethical reasons too) and now I find that if I do have any dairy products my stomach reacts quite violently. You are right about how cruel the dairy industry is. Mohave you tried Violife vegan cheese which is now available in Tesco, Asda etc it is lovely :) x

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    3. Thanks for the recommendation, I have been looking for a good and tasty vegan cheese for a while.

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  2. My friend became lactose intolerant after the menopause. I'm avoiding dairy at the moment as I am totally bunged up from a cold and have been told dairy makes it worse. So many different products out there now from when I was a vegan, just picked up some coconut milk to have with my cereal. Years ago it was just a few alternatives from health food shops that were long life.

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  3. That looks like a lovely lunch and a brilliant way to make a small amount of salmon go a long way!

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  4. It is strange that milk and cream trigger such a violent reaction yet you can eat cheese and butter with no problem. I can cope with small amounts of cream but can only tolerate skimmed milk, butter kills me and cheese has no effect. I am sure that some boffin would have a convoluted answer but I will just carry on, as I suspect you will. BTW the fishcakes look good, I may have to give that a try.

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    1. Aged cheese, yogurt and butter have very little lactose. This allows those of us who can't tolerate milk and cream because of the lactose, to enjoy dairy. I guess that makes me a boffin, but since I am in the US and have no idea what a boffin is, I won't get my panties (knickers) in a knot (bunch). Lol

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    2. Thanks for the answer Patti, it makes perfect sense. You little boffin you .....lol.

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  5. Pleased to hear it wasn't the salmon which caused you to feel 'icky'. It would have limited your diet choices very severely.
    I'm not lactose intolerant, but I suffer dreadfully from catarrh, so limit my amount of dairy. I was very ill and hospitalised with catarrhal fever at the age of four months, so grew up knowing how dairy affects me, especially during the colder months. It's just natural now for me to avoid dairy in large quantities.....apart from in chocolate, for that I'm willing to suffer the after effects!
    I can manage small amounts of dairy, cream in coffee or on a dessert, but not in such large amounts as milk on cereal. I loathe soya milk, and am not madly keen on almond milk either, but if I'm desperate for a rice pudding or similar, almond milk is my best bet.

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  6. love fish cakes another thing I keep meaning to make. I use canned salmon to make mine. Glad you didn't have any side effects from it.

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  7. What a lot of faffing, ha ha. Looks nice though.

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    1. Haha ..... it was worth it in this case. xx

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  8. A very inventive meal. It looks really tasty and, phew, it's not the salmon that upset you.

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