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Corn Fritters

21 Apr

I thought I would add some recipes that I don’t necessarily involve Thomas in cooking… Some cooking I do FOR him.

I haven’t made these fritters for a long time. Thomas used to love them and when I asked him today if he would like me to make him corn fritters for lunch his response was “no corn mumma”. Right. Just fritter then? What is it with kids that they work out so early what is good for them and refuse it? Thomas used to eat anything I put in front of him. Not any more!

Anyway, I made the fritters – with the corn (and peas and carrots) and he did eat them, four of them. The great thing about these fritters is that you can put any kind of vegetables in them. Whatever you’ve got in the fridge or the freezer. I tend to make a combo of corn and broccoli and that usually goes down well.

I got this recipe from the Annabel Karmel website originally, over time, I’ve added different vegetables and I usually make at least double and freeze the leftovers.


1/4 cup plain flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 large egg

1 x 200g can sweetcorn drained

1 large spring onion finely sliced

2 tbsp sunflower or canola oil for frying


Blend all ingredients in a food processor until batter is formed.

Heat the oil in a frying pan and drop teaspoonfuls of batter into pan.

Cook for 1-2 minutes on each side or until golden.

Drain on paper towel before serving.

Another plus with this recipe is they can be eaten cold so can be taken out of the freezer and put into lunch boxes and be thawed while you’re out and about ready to eat at lunch time.

And, yet another sneaky way to get those vegies into your fussy eater! Win – win…


Cheese, Vegemite and Avocado Sandwiches

24 Feb

Interesting combo I hear you say…. It’s Thomas’ favourite (and a winner with the rest of the family).

This was just too funny not to share. As usual when I start to do something in the kitchen, Thomas came running when I started to make his lunch saying “help help”. So up he climbed on his little step. I held his hand to spread the cream cheese on the bread and then we did the same with the vegemite. Then I turned my back and Thomas added the avocado. I turned around and this is what I found…

Thomas was looking very pleased with himself and saying “I did, I did” (yes, that is a whole avocado on a slice of bread). I had to laugh (and take some pics!).

So I guess in sharing this with you I’d like to say to you that cooking with kids doesn’t have to be some extravagant experience. Just daily meal preparation such as making sandwiches or buttering toast can be a cooking experience. From doing these activities, children will be learning important learning life skills and independence, hand eye co-ordination and fine motor skills. Not to mention developing their self esteem in that they will feel a sense of achievement in being able to do something for themselves (and also for you).

I helped Thomas to spread the cream cheese onto the bread by putting the knife in his hand and holding it with him. Older children could do it by themselves. We did the same with the vegemite and avocado and then I grated some cheese on top. Sometimes I cut the sandwich into shapes using cookie cutters – just for a change…

Some other sandwich ideas…

  • Mashed banana, cottage cheese, sultanas and honey – Thomas loves this also
  • Tuna, baby spinach and chopped tomato – mix tomato, chopped spinach and tuna with some mayonnaise (about 1 tablespoon) and spread onto the bread
  • Carrot (grated), sultanas and cottage cheese
  • and vegemite, cream cheese, avocado and grated cheese (as above)

Just a couple of variations on the boring old sandwich… Have you got any sandwich suggestions to share that your kids enjoy? Would love to hear them.