Fish Cakes on Peapods and Peppers, paleomythic

This is another recipe based on one from ‘1000 Chinese Recipes’.

The original recipe used raw, white fish.

I was in the mood for tuna….

Again, the mushroom soy sauce made it very dark.

Fish Cakes on Peapods and Peppers

Total time: 25 minutes


  • Fish Cakes:
  • 10oz (300gr) tuna, canned, drained
  • 1 tsp mushroom soy sauce substitute regular soy sauce
  • 2 tbs mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 2 tbs water chestnuts, finely chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • Vegetables:
  • 3oz (90gr) sugar snap peas / peapods, sliced if large
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper, sliced
  • 4oz (120gr) mushrooms
  • 1/3 cup sliced water chestnuts
  • 1 slice prosciutto, chopped
  •  2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp sweet soy sauce
  • 1 tsp mushroom soy sauce
  • 2 tbs sherry
  • 1 tsp maizena dissolved in 2 tbs water

Fish Cakes with Mushrooms and Peppers


  • Fish Cakes:
  • Combine tuna, mushrooms, chestnuts, soy sauce and egg.
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet.
  • Divide tuna into 4ths, spoon into skillet forming into cakes.
  • Fry 3 – 4 minutes, until browned.
  • Turn and fry the other side. Remove and keep warm
  • Vegetables:
  • Heat remaining olive oil in the same skillet
  • Add vegetables, Prosciutto and stir-fry 4 minutes.
  • Add soy sauces, sherry and cornstarch mixture. Cook until thickened and clear.
  • Divide vegetables and spoon on to plates. Top with Fish Cakes and serve..

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A few weeks ago I wrote a post about the new trend of labeling everything ‘gluten-free’ or paleo’…. Even if it’s patently obvious that it would take considerable effort to make the food anything but ‘gluten-free’ or ‘paleo’.

Like calling an apple ‘gluten-free’ or a piece of beef ‘paleo’.

Sorry… that apple would be: #gluten-free, #glutenfree, #nogluten, #glutenfriendly….

And the beef would be: #paleo, #paleofriendly, #paleodiet, #paleofoods…

I digress (or would that be #digress?)

Shortly after I was catching up on my Discover magazine and ran across an article called ‘Paleomythic’ which addressed some of the tenants of the Paleo lifestyle.

Reality collides head on with fad…. and it isn’t pretty.

I’ll share a few of the main points:

Our Paleolithic ancestors did not live on meat alone.

They lived on whatever they could find. Evidence suggests that they ate fruits, nuts, tubers, meat, and even managed to make a type of bread. The diet varied as to where a group lived and what their level of sophistication (relatively speaking) was. According to science there is no one best diet for humans…. We (humans) have evolved right along with our food sources and our ability to use those sources.

Our Paleolithic ancestors were not barefoot sprinters.

Yes to the barefoot part, but there is strong evidence that early humans were distance runners, both for running down prey and for covering vast ranges foraging and scavenging. Rather than a quick sprint and a knife to kill prey, early humans likely chased it until it dropped from exhaustion.

Paleolithic mothers didn’t have their children permanently at their side.

Evidence shows that they were much like mothers of all ages – they expected and accepted help from the other adults in the family and in the village.

It must be our nature, as humans, to be always looking for something different in the hopes that it will be better.

And when we think we’ve found it, to browbeat everyone we know into joining us.

With the internet it’s very easy to spread the word and the joy of following a particular lifestyle.

With the internet it’s also easier to do research…..

But where would the fun be in that?

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