Cooking Challenge: Epic Fail

by - Friday, August 20, 2010

I guess it was bound to happen sooner or later. I had a complete and total epic fail in the kitchen.

I was trying out a new recipe I found in my most recent Runner's World. The magazine did a whole story about how salmon is such a great food for runners and they suggested several recipes you could make with the canned variety.

One of them was salmon cakes, which sounded similar to the salmon loaf my mom used to make when I was younger, so I thought I'd give it a go.

My first fail was in the grocery store when I bought salmon that did not say "boneless and skinless" on the can. So when I opened that baby up, there were skin and bones everywhere. I tried picking them out, but it just wasn't happen. (Side note: Who actually wants to buy fish that way?!)

I felt wasteful, but I dumped the reject salmon down the disposal.

Then I opened two cans of tuna and proceed with the recipe that way. Things improved greatly from here.

I mixed the tuna with diced red peppers and scallions.


Then I added a few glugs of Worcester sauce and an egg.


Mixed it all up and then shaped the mixture into patties. You were supposed to dip the patties in bread crumbs, but since I didn't have any, they went right into the skillet for about three minutes on each side.


When I tried to flip the patties, they completely fell apart. Probably has something to do with the lack of bread crumbs.

I tried to salvage what I could. While they didn't look pretty, the tuna "cakes" were actually pretty yummy.


Have you ever had an epic kitchen failure that in the end turned out OK?

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