Jan. 28th, 2014

I'm trying to be a bit more adventurous with my cooking lately, and break out of a few cooking habits.

So when I saw this recipe for scallop cakes, and the suggested alternative of whitefish, it caught my attention.

First, I can't fathom buying scallops and grinding them up. Scallops are so freaking tasty (and at least here, in the center of the country, expensive), why would you pulverize them? :(

But I did have about a pound of Tilapia in the freezer that I've been trying to use up, so I thought I'd give it a go. I didn't have some of the fresh herbs (I can't imagine finding keffir lime leaves this time of year without paying a small fortune, hah), but I did my best to make do with what I had on hand. I also didn't have coconut oil - I bet that really adds dimension to the cakes, but it will have to wait until next time. I also bet these can be baked in a low-slow oven, and might turn out even better (like the author in the review, I found I couldn't use too high heat, so they sat in the oil for a while, and that just isn't ideal for frying).

First thought - waaay too salty. I'd leave the added salt out of the initial mixture, and just have the fish sauce (which is WAY salty on it's own) and then lightly salt them when they come out of the oil.

The cakes by themselves were pretty good, but not amazing, but the sauce seals the deal and rounds them out nicely. Again, I tweaked based on what I had on hand - chunky peanut butter instead of whole ground peanuts, etc. And unusual for fried food of any sort, but these are actually better next day, eaten cold, and wrapped in lettuce. Yum. It's a good thing, too, because a pound of fish makes a lot of little fish cakes.

note: not my picture, nothing in my kitchen ever looks this pristine:
And I know this is pretty soon after the last shoulder post, but another change today.

I noticed it was a bit more sore today during PT, and the soreness comes and goes (and correlates quite a bit to the weather, I give all my joints a break when the "morning dog potty" thermometer check reads "-16").

But I did the usual stretching out, and a milestone - I was able to get my hand to the small of my back for the first time since this summer, doing this stretch:

For a long time, I haven't been able to get it past where the back pocket is on my jeans.

It wasn't particularly COMFORTABLE (that's the second most painful stretch I do), but I got there.

Most painful stretch is this one, and yeah, I can't go that far.



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