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Salmon Rissoles

Most people have foods that remind them of their childhood. For me, salmon rissoles is a big reminder of my mum’s cooking. How is it I remember the taste of her roast dinners and salmon rissoles but not the sound of her voice? As a kid we ate home cooked dinners five days a week. On weekends dad would prepare “little tea” for dinner – eggs or baked beans on toast or crackers and devon with some fruit perhaps.

My mum would often cook spaghetti with tomato sauce, shepherds pie or salmon rissoles on week nights. I’ve modified her way of making the rissoles by using sweet potato instead of white potatoes. My grandmother uses rice. I rarely measure the ingredients, I just throw them together for an easy dinner. They consist of one can of salmon, one mashed sweet potato, one egg, one diced onion and about 1/4 – 1/2 cup breadcrumbs. Parsley and pepper optional. Shape the mixture into patties and cook them in a pan until they are crisp and browned on both sides. My mum was good at not browning them too much, but still getting them to have a nice crust. The things we remember – 21 years on.

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Coffee Cake

I found this coffee cake recipe in my late mum’s cookbook, so I have no idea where it originally comes from. I made it a few years ago, in loaf tins, with chocolate icing. I personally don’t like coffee flavour so I haven’t tasted this one. Coffee drinkers seemed to approve!

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Today, I used a different version of the same recipe; it was given to me by Liz, who was a good friend of my mum. My mum gave her recipe to Liz sometime back in the 1980s, when we were next-door neightbours. Liz has modified the recipe slightly over the years. Back in March, before I got married, my cousin/bridesmaid held a kitchen tea for me. Each guest was asked to bring a recipe to add to my collection. Liz gave me this coffee cake recipe, along with the cake tins, serving plate, instant coffee and Cadbury flake to make it. I’m sorry Liz had to leave the kitchen tea early and didn’t get to see my open her gift. There were tears!
My husband/taste tester says the cake is light and moist. Today, I did not ice the top — only between the two layers — and served it warm, with vanilla ice cream.

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