Leaxes Hlaf

Difficulty: ★☆☆☆☆

Time: 1 hour

This is an ancient recipe from Tastes of Anglo-Saxon England by Mary Savelli. The name leaxes hlaf is Old English for "salmon cake", even though hlaf means "loaf".

These taste pretty good, especially with a chutney, and with the tastes absorbed in from frying on that expensive barbeque of your beer-gutted neighbour who has a huge Toyota Hilux to carry it—the barbeque, not only his belly.



Preheat oven to 180°C—gas mark 4.

Bake salmon in ovenproof dish for ±30 minutes, so that you can break the salmon into flakes with a fork. *

Mix salmon, egg, and onion in a large bowl.

Add enough oatmeal to create a firm texture.

Form into patties ±7 cm across.

Heat the oil in a large frypan; brown the patties on both sides.

Cover the pan with lid; lower the heat, and cook the patties in the belidden pan until they are heated through, for ±15 minutes, then serve.

* I've softened the salmon in a microwave, and it works just as well.


Try adding some seasonings to the mixture.

If you want it to be truly English, then don't follow the above hint!