potato or kumara 500g, peeled and chopped (or 2-2 ½ cups leftover mashed potato or kumara)
smoked fish 200g, flaked (or other smoked fish)
spring onions 2-3 finely sliced
flat-leaf parsley 3-4 tablespoons, finely chopped
free-range egg 2
lemon zest of one
salt ½ teaspoon
black pepper ½ teaspoon , freshly ground
flour 2-3 tablespoons (plain, gluten-free, or rice flour)
oil 2 tablespoons
poached free-range eggs 4 (optional)
watercress or baby rocket 4 handfuls
lemon 1, cut into wedges
Lemon caper mayo
good quality mayonaisse ¼ cup
2 tablespoons natural unsweetened Greek yoghurt 2-3 tablespoons
capers 1-2 tablespoons, chopped
lemon zest and juice of ½
1.Preheat oven to 50°C. Cook potato/kumara in a saucepan of boiling water until soft, 12-15 minutes. Drain well, return to the pan and place back onto low heat for a few minutes – this will help the potato/kumara dry out a bit. Mash roughly, then mix well with salmon, spring onion, parsley, egg, lemon zest and salt and pepper.
2.Scoop out 1/3 cup portions of fishcake mixture and shape into patties. Carefully dust each patty in flour.
3.Heat a good drizzle of oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Cook fishcakes in batches for about 3 minutes each side until golden brown. Wipe the pan clean with a paper towel in between batches and add a little more oil as needed. Keep fishcakes warm in the oven as you cook them.
4.Mix all lemon caper mayo ingredients together.
The red line represents Summer. June to September. During this part of the loop we will travel on the Chesapeake Bay, The C&D Canal, The Atlantic Ocean from Cape May to New York Harbor. The Hudson River is next followed by the Oswego Canal, Lake Ontario, The Trent-Severn Canal, The Georgian Bay, Down Lake Michigan and into Chicago Illinois. The blue line represents the Fall. September through November. The Great Loop is done in this direction, counter clockwise, so that you are going with the current, not against it, on the rivers we will go through during this time. We will go from Chicago down the Illinois River, The Mississippi River, The Ohio River, The Tennessee River, The Tenn-Tom Waterway, continuing on the blue line we will continue our winter trip across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, November through February, which by the way, is the only time we actually will be in the ocean. This is a trip that you must do with a “weather window”. There is no place to stop during this crossing. It will take as many as 20 hours to do this crossing. This part of the journey will take us back to Florida and to our home port in Venice, where we will “cross our wake”. Crossing your wake is a very big deal. It means you have completed the 6000 plus mile journey of a lifetime successfully!