All began well. The fish mixture came together in a snap. The accompanying horseradish sauce was cool and creamy, yet bracing. Then it came time to "shape into 8 cakes, pressing the ingredients firmly together." Well, I pressed and pressed and all I got was a pile of ingredients. So I cursed Joy, and I cursed myself for ignoring the headnote recommending I use "some of a more oily fish,' and I cursed the fishcakes for good measure--and all this before church! Then I turned two slices of white bread to crumbs in the food processor, added them to the mix, and taking a cue from the Bible, allowed the fishcakes to rest for ten minutes.
That did the trick!
Served with the sauce, they made a perfectly respectable Sunday supper.