I am a self confessed foodie. I LOVE food, I love trying new foods and I have a very long list of favourite’s because I could never choose just one!
Considering my huge love of food, I strangely don’t like cooking. I’m not terrible at it, but I’m not great either. I can follow a recipe easily enough but I also once put a pizza in the oven with the polystyrene base still on it and one time when I was making a pot of soup, I turned it down to simmer but actually turned it up full and went off and watched TV… it burned right through the pot and almost set the kitchen alight. Other than those incidents though, I’ve been ok, I just don’t enjoy it and because I (still *eyeroll*) live with my parents I don’t have to do it very often. Win win.
Last week my Mum was busy and asked if I could make salmon fish cakes from a recipe she found online she had already picked up the ingredients. I love salmon and the recipe was simple enough, so I have to admit I was actually quite excited about making this dish.
Just reading the ingredients made my mouth water, freshly squeezed lime juice, lemongrass, chilli, soy sauce, garlic, spring onion, honey, coriander, to name a few.
I thoroughly enjoyed chopping and preparing all the ingredients, smashing them all together and rolling them into balls ready for frying.
Cooking them was my favourite part, watching them transform from balls of goo to perfectly golden little patties. I ‘m being honest when I say they looked even better than the ones in the photo at the top of the recipe.
I was so impressed by how they turned out that I could picture myself cooking again, perhaps even make it a new hobby. I was wrong! Cooking is fun and the best part is, you have awesome stuff to eat when you are done and let me tell you, I was beyond excited to eat these fishcakes.
Then I took a bite and it tasted… well, it just tasted like salmon. Just Salmon, just plain salmon. What did I do wrong? Where did all the flavours go, all that chopping and squeezing and for what, what a waste of ingredients? All that effort for..
THAT my friends is why I hate cooking.