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Courgette Fritters

See, Moomin makes a good point here… are we intent on full vegetable transparency or will we succumb to the Jamie Oliver-patented method of hiding bits of greenery where'er we can? It's hard to say at the moment, while we have babies who are by and large obedient.

I'd say that as a point of principle we should try to encourage children to appreciate veggies for what they are, but what harm can there possibly be in frittering a courgette? Especially if courgettes would otherwise be off the menu…

Grate 350g of courgette and squeeze out as much liquid as possible.
Add a
grated onion, 60g of gram flour, 1/4tsp of baking powder and 1 tsp of coriander.

(You might think all my recipes involve gram flour. You'd be wrong. I use
rice flour as well.)

Fry a good dollop for 2-3 mins each side.

Now, I
don't know whether this is allowed in the world of BLW, but Minky doesn't really
eat courgettes. She prefers to dump them over the side of the highchair without
a backwards glance. However, she ate three of these for tea. Are we allowed to
hide vegetables from them?

I wasn't particularly keen on these myself.
Perhaps a liberal coasting of salt is required? Wait a sec…yes, salt

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5 Responses to “Courgette Fritters”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I've certainly started “hiding” veg, or at least serving them up as part of someting else rather than in the starring role. For example, Hal used to wolf down several broccoli trees in one sitting but recently has been a lot less keen, so I chop it up, mix it with spinach and ricotta and serve it on pasta, which he loves. Ditto carrots, which end up cooked with leeks (and whatever else comes to hand) and green, flat, continental (call them what you will) lentils and served with rice. Gotta do it. I think Hal just got a bit bored with constituent parts and wanted to experiment with combinations… or something. Anyway, it's now become a fool-proof way of getting the little blighter/darling to eat his veg, which he was refusing to do.

  2. Anonymous says:

    see i just don't think these expamples count as hiding, though, they're really just recipes where as you say the veggies have a chorus role rather than being in the spotlight. which is really how i prefer my veggies, personally, so i can't blame babybear if that's what she wants to move onto. (in fact i applaud it…less cooking for me).
    i do hope that in the future i won't have to get into the whole 'Jamie and Nora' thing of whizzing up peppers to disguise them in tomato sauce, though. principally because i don't have a blender… (why else did you think i wanted to do BLW? wanted to save myself a tenner in Asda, of course) and secondly because i am lazy (see previous parenthesis).

  3. Anonymous says:

    Mmmmm – spurred on by the success of Bat's sweetcorn patties, I just made these for dd's (and my) lunch. She's another one who normally treats courgette with utter contempt, but I figured we had nothing much to lose in giving them a try.
    Now call me cynical, but when I came to prepare them, I was convinced that an egg was missing from the recipe, and I fully intended to add one once we returned from gymbabes, before cooking. We returned, however, to find that the mixture looked emminently more cookable than it had when we'd left, so I proceeded with caution to cook one sans egg. It just so happens that it turned out rather well, so I cooked the lot – 6 in total from the quantities given here, and dd ate about 2 1/2 of them. That equates to over a whole courgette, so I reckon it was good going.
    I should add that I rather liked them too, and they definitely didn't need salt. I wasn't sure whether the recipe was stipulating dried ground coriander, or the fresh kind, but I used dried – maybe that was the difference, or the hour that they were left mid prep for the flavours to develop. Whatever, they were a hit.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Can anyone work out where I went wrong? I tried this lunchtime and just got a soggy green mess!

  5. Anonymous says:

    did you squeeze out as much liquid as possible? i find a clean tea towel is good for this, you just twist it like a cracker and all the liquid goes into teh tea towel.

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