Phil Vickery challenged me to make something different using Nestle gluten free corn flakes.
Well OK he didn’t really but Nestle did and Phil is right behind this campaign. Check at the bottom of this blog to find out what Phil cooked as his speciality dish using #GF corn flakes. Whose recipe do you prefer? Mine or Phils? Careful now…
Back to Phil and his challenge. I’m pretty sure he didn’t just mean put them in a bowl with some dairy free milk. Now that I can handle. I’ve been enjoying these new #glutenfreecornflakes from Nestle now for months and they’re a great addition to the #freefrom breakfast cupboard.
I was also quite certain that whilst very tasty, my chocolate corn flakes bakes were going to be a little too simple though I do feel you need the recipe for those. If I have time these will follow. But pretty much, melt safe freefrom chocolate, mix in with corn flakes, put on cling film lined baking tray and cool in fridge.
No, this challenge needed something different.
Something I had never done before. Something no one else had ever done before.
I’ve certainly never made fish cakes in my life and having done some googling, they look right up my street. They are probably one of the easier things you can make without epic kitchen cookery skills. They are also something I have massive food envy for when eating out as they are rarely suitable for me with my list of allergies. The good news is that if I can do it anyone can, seriously! Basically you cook the ingredients, bung them in a bowl, mix it all up into a gloopy, sticky mixture, mould into little cakes and fry them.
Yeah, I can handle this.
But make up a recipe? You have to be joking. I’ve never made up my own recipe before. I am awe of people on cookery programmes. How the come up with different taste sensations and rustle up such amazing food under such pressure.
I cook the same old meals week in week out because they’re quick, I know what I’m doing, I’m busy… You get the picture. But I aspire to be this kind of innovative cook. One day when I’m not working all the hours maybe I’ll have time to write my own ‘Allergy friendly recipes for lazy people’ Watch this space. If I do, the fish cakes with gluten free corn flakes is going in!
I have made recipes up in the past but these fall into the ‘put random stuff into an omelette’ or ‘stir fry things you’ve never had before’ category and I wouldn’t exactly call them ground breaking.
So Phil, thanks for all the encouragement. I did it. I made ‘Really, really quick and easy salmon fish cakes using Nestle gluten free corn flakes’. #inspirational #nooneelsehasdonethis #soundsweirdbuttastesamazing
I just took out the potato and put in corn flakes instead. Weird? Yeah but it works. And I took out the onion, even though I love onion, I used other veggies. I use onion in nearly every recipe I cook so this challenge was to see if could live without my trusty onion for one meal because many people are allergic to onion.
This is what you’ll need to make these amazingly quick and easy salmon fish cakes.
Ingredients for amazingly quick and easy freefrom salmon fish cakes
- A bowl for mixing
- Some smoked fish. I used two steaks of oak smoked salmon fillets.
- 2 eggs
- 4 cupfulls of crushed gluten free corn flakes
- 6 button mushrooms – sliced and diced small
- Handful of mange tout
- Half a courgette – sliced and diced up small
- Oil for the pan. I used rape seed oil
- A dash of fresh lime
This recipe couldn’t be easier and made about six generous sized fish cakes. Here’s what to do.
- First of all chop up your mushrooms, mange tout and courgettes into small bits, the smaller they are the faster they’ll cook and easier to bind into cakes. You could also include onions but since so many of my readers are allergic to onions I thought I’d try it without.
- Fry them in a little of the oil with plenty of salt and pepper to your taste
- While they’re cooking, fork the smoked salmon into pieces in your mixing bowl and mix in two eggs
- Put the corn flakes into a plastic bag and crush them up. I found this on a par with bursting bubble wrap. your kids will love doing this if they’re helping
- Now for the best bit. When your veggies are cooked which should be after about 8-10 minutes if you like them still a bit crispy like me, mix them into your bowl with the fish and egg.
- Squeeze in a dash of fresh lime juice
- Add most of the corn flake crumbs to the batter and mix by hand. This is the best bit. The mixture should be quite sticky so you can mould the cakes easily. If it’s too dry add a little dairy free milk. Pat the cakes into round flat cakes, coat in some of the remaining corn flakes and pop them into the frying pan to crisp up
- They don’t take long to cook. Just until they’re going crispy brown, probably about 4-5 mins max on each side.
Now enjoy with fresh salad, new potatoes or sweet potato chips and kale.
I won’t lie, some of the first few were not as good but I got the hang of this.
They taste amazing. The mange tout was crunchy and the corn flakes make for a really crispy coating and not a potato or onion in sight! I love a challenge so this was my potato and onion free fish cakes recipe for those souls out there allergic to these two things not in the top 14 list of allergens.
And the best thing about these fish cakes? They are totally freefrom nearly all major allergens. They do contain eggs which some are allergic to that so apologies if you have an egg allergy. It’s one of the things I can actually eat so I do try to eat them in moderation.
There are three left if anyone wants one?
Watch Phil Vickery in action making a Brilliant Borlotti Bean & Cornflake Chilli Bake!
It’s gluten free so brilliant for all you coeliacs out there.
So what did you think? Are you going to be pimp your corn flakes? If you have some Nestle gluten free cornflakes at home why not try this fish cake recipe? or try Phil’s recipe or why not try something completely different?