I stopped buying magazines years ago. One day as I flipped though the pages, it occurred to me that everything in the beautiful book had been plumped, coloured or enhanced. The highly stylised shots that spread across the slick pages were of settings I didn’t even aspire to. If I attempted to recreate the glossy contents, I’d likely be disappointed when my efforts didn't resemble the magazine’s polished product.
The object of my dismay? Beautiful looking food. Air brushed tucker, purposely undercooked for photographic purposes and fancy, on-trend ingredients, included with little consideration of taste.
This month I’m embarking on a crusade to end discrimination against ugly food. I’ll be sharing tasty, healthy, easy recipes that will never go viral on Pinterest because they’ll never take a good photograph. The good, the yum & the ugly. First out of the blocks: salmon rissoles.
You have two options with these fish cakes: make them in the food processor so the salmon pieces are fine (my kids prefer their food pre-chewed) or for those of us who prefer our food recognisable, mashing the ingredients together with a fork.
- 415g tin pink salmon
- 1 egg, beaten
- 3 medium potatoes, boiled and mashed
- salt and pepper to taste
- for crumbing:
- 1 egg, beaten
Remove the bones and skin, and mash the salmon. Add the mashed potatoes, salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Add the egg and mix until incorporated.
Form the fish into rissoles, dip in the beaten egg and roll in breadcrumbs.
Fry in hot oil until cooked through. Serve with sweet chilli sauce and salad.
Homely food nourishes my family every day. Homely food scratches that itch when you’ve been feeling like something all day. Homely food is comforting, satisfying and the stuff of happy, low-fuss family dinners.
ready to join the ugly food revival?
tell me your favourite ugly food!