Friday, September 9, 2011

Salmon patties

Introduction: The start of the school year is comparible to New Years Eve, with resolutions being set in anticipation for a new start. Like THIS year is going to be the year of the 4.0 GPA. Maybe THIS year that school club will be attended beyond the first meeting with the free pizza and THIS year, the school gym will see more than just the special guest appearances. However, I hypothesize that starting the school year in a collective environment of such hefty aspirations and organized chaos actually has a negative impact on the overall success of the student’s semester. This will be tested by having subjects (boyfriend and I) take the first week of school to go to the cottage to relax instead of attend classes. Our performance will be evaluated and compared to our performance in previous school years to determine if the prolonged relaxation time has a positive effect on our school performance.

Materials and Methods: Students from McGill University (me and boyfriend) were obtained. Boyfriend’s family cottage was obtained by generous invitation. Healthy dose of sun was provided by donation (although supply was limited).

Subjects were sent to Miramichi Island during a week otherwise spent at school stressing about buying textbooks and in student service line-ups. Subjects were subject to swimming, kayaking, eating good food, card games and other obligatory experimental procedures. 

Figure 1.

Results: To be observed at the end of the semester (December) to see if a correlation between prolonged relaxation and overall performance can be detected. 

Discussion: In future experiments, the trip back from the vacation (totalling 10+ hours of travel via boat, car, bus, and foot) could be adjusted. The trip home from a vacation is always chaotic and with an early morning class the next day, it may mean coming home to no food and only stale cereal to pack for a school lunch. Luckily, ever since that huge Costco trip a year ago, canned salmon has been a pantry staple for me. Salmon is high in omega-3 essential fatty acids which are essential for brain function and are the key ingredient in these salmon patties.

1 (16 ounce) can salmon, drained and flaked
1 finely chopped small onion
2 eggs
1/4 cup chopped (loosely packed) fresh parsley
1 generous pinch each of salt, pepper and red pepper flakes
1 pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
4 spoonfuls yogurt
2 slices bread
Oil for cooking

1. Place the bread in a mixing bowl and spread the yogurt on top of the bread to soak until soft enough to break apart.
2. Add the salmon, onion, eggs, parsley, seasonings and tablespoon oil to the bowl. Combine everything.
3. Heat a thin layer of oil in a large pan. Use hands to form salmon mixture into balls and stagger balls in the pan.
4. Press balls flat (about ½ thick) with spatula and cook for about 4 minutes per side or until nicely browned. Make sure to wait until the mixture sets to flip otherwise it could be hard to flip. (Depending on the size of the frying pan, you may have to cook the salmon patties in multiple batches.)
These patties store well and are good cold on top of some salad greens.


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