KICK-START THE NEW YEAR WITH SWEET CORN FRITTERS

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Corn fritters have been around for ages and depending on your preference, they can either be fried or baked. Many people serve corn fritters with jam, fruit, honey, maple syrup, or cream to sweeten it up. Since corn fritters are an amazingly delicious food, why not kick-start the New Year by sharing it with friends and family?

  • Ingredients:
    (Serves four people)
    4 tbsp groundnut oil
    1 small onion, peeled and finely chopped
    1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
    1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed. 1 tsp ground coriander 325g can sweet corn 6 spring onions, trimmed and finely
    sliced 1 medium egg, lightly beaten Salt and freshly ground black pepper 3 tbsp plain flour 1 tsp baking powder

Cooking method:

First, heat one tablespoon of the
groundnut oil in a frying pan, then add onions and cook gently for seven to eight minutes or until they begin to soften. Add chilli, garlic and ground coriander and cook for one minute, stirring continuously. Remove from heat.
Next, drain the sweet corn and tip into a mixing bowl. Lightly mash with a potato masher to break down the corn a little. Add the cooked onion mixture to the bowl with the spring onions and beaten egg and season with salt and pepper. Sift the flour and baking powder over the mixture and stir in.

Then, add two tablespoons of groundnut oil in a large frying pan. Drop four or five heaped teaspoonfuls of the sweet corn mixture onto the pan, and using a fish slice or spatula, flatten each to make a 1cm or 1⁄2 inch thick fritter.

Finally, fry the fritters for three minutes or until golden brown on the underside, turn over and fry for a further three minutes, or until cooked through and crisp. Remove the fritters from the pan and drain on an absorbent kitchen paper. Garnish and serve immediately.

Kitchen tips:
Spruce up your kitchen in the New Year by:
Scouring your pots and pans. Steel wool can scratch your pots and pans, so use a non-abrasive sponge and a mildly abrasive product.

Clean your oven. Whether sputtering grease from a Christmas chicken, overflowing pie filling, or bubbling green bean casserole, it is likely something has spilled onto the floor of your oven right now. Clean it with a natural solvent such as baking soda and vinegar and scrub.

Treat your wooden tools. This includes wooden spoons, cutting boards, and wooden-handled knives. Wash them by hand and towel-dry them thoroughly before applying a cooking oil to give them that glossy and smooth feel.

Kitchen safety:
Scalding is one of the most common injuries in the kitchen and can occur from hot steam. Therefore, be careful when lifting lids from hot food and ensure you turn pot handles away from the front of the stove and
away from you.

Published January 2017

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