I'm not ready for this. Not ready for fall. Fall in Vancouver starts cold and sunny, and slowly sinks into an endless wall of water until May. Fuck.

So I'm trying to eat as much summer food as possible while the getting is good. And although I used canned salmon for this dish, the veggies involved and the compote are fresh summer goodness. And if you could get your hands on some fresh salmon, that would be even better:

Salmon Cakes with fresh Tomato Compote

makes 8 cakes

2 cans pink salmon, or whole fresh salmon (head and tail removed), poached and skinned
1 tbsp capers
juice and zest of 1 lemon, medium size
2 tbsp fresh dill, chopped
1 tsp fresh mint, chopped
1 tbsp whole mayonnaise
1/2 medium red onion, finely chopped
sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste


1 egg
breading (traditional or panko)

Combine all fish cake ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly, set aside. Prepare the dredge, in three separate bowls, place flour, 1 beaten egg, and panko or traditional breading. Form balls about 2" wide from the cake mixture and dip the cakes in the flour, egg, then bread crumbs. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.

While the cakes are cooling, make the compote:

2 medium vine or 8 cherry or strawberry tomatoes, finely chopped
2 small shallots, peeled and finely chopped
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp fresh basil, finely chopped
sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Take a few good glugs of grapeseed or canola or other high smoke point oil and heat over medium-high heat in a deep pan. Place the cakes 2-4 at a time in the pan until golden brown. Flip once. Transfer to paper towel and let rest for 5 mins.

When ready to serve, place 1 tbsp of compote on each cake.

Delicious and filling. Would make a great appetizer, or place on a healthy bed of greens for lunch.

In other news, I stepped on Stella's back leg:

It's the top one, her left one, and she is not letting me forget it. She's limping around the house as soon as she knows I'm watching. Sometimes she just extends her hurt leg and sticks it in my lap as if to say "dooooo something!" Poor Stellie. Don't worry it's not broken. I've checked it out. It's just I'm a pretty big person compared to her and her leetle leggle got squished under my lax weight. Oops.

So you have literally days left to get out and enjoy the sun. Go. Go go go go go. Eat some fish while you're out there.