Sweetcorn – Fresh, Frozen or Tinned
Don’t you love sweetcorn? I love corn on the cob, sweetcorn with Jacket potatoes, and I love it as a vegetable with almost anything.
Sweetcorn fritters are another way to have sweetcorn, that makes a fabulous, quick supper, perhaps served with potatoes and salad or your favourite green vegetables. They can also be cooked as a welcome alternative to sandwiches for a packed lunch or picnic.
Although sweetcorn is in season in August and September, it is available all year round in cans or frozen. Sweet and delicious, it has gradually increased in popularity in the UK since the 1970s and is now grown quite extensively, across southern England.
When in season, fresh corn on the cob is delicious, but do try to buy it as freshly picked as possible, and eat it within a day or two of buying – and try to keep it cool between purchase and cooking, by storing, wrapped in paper, in the fridge. This way it will remain sweet and juicy. Warmth and longer storage means the sugars start to turn to starch, making the sweetcorn tougher and less sweet.
These sweetcorn fritters are great for a light, easy supper, or cold for packed lunch or picnic. Tasty for little ones too!
You can add things to the fritters such as red peppers, peas or tomatoes and flavour it with some herbs. These are marvelously low cost for lunch. One portion costs about 50p depending on which sweetcorn you buy – compare that to the cost of a bought sandwich or other takeout!
Baby Led Weaning
Arabella, who shared this recipe, is a Mum who tries to feed her children well. With her baby she is weaning her on the philosophy of Gill Rapley – ‘Baby Led Weaning’. The book suggests that babies can eat the same food as their parents, pretty much right from the beginning. And that the baby choose when they are ready – once they are six months old. At the same time, I am sure parents get to adapt some of their diet, according to what they think their baby will enjoy – and so try out some new food too! Sounds good to me.
When my children were babies, everything was pureed beginning with baby rice and bananas and the more lumpy food was gradually introduced later.
With this current method, weaning does not begin until six months and food is not pureed to a pulp but the babies get used to different textures and flavours, right from the start.Arabella has found that her baby loves these sweetcorn fritter – in fact they are popular with all members of her household! So if you are cooking for a baby – here is something that the whole family with enjoy!
Of course if you unsure about weaning your baby, you need to speak to your Health Visitor or GP. Here is what Netmums says about baby led weaning (BLW)
Arabella runs Natural Nursery, which offers cloth nappies and many other natural products for babies.
- 1 small can sweetorn
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon plain flour
- 1/2 tablespoon oil
- Put all ingredients into a food processor and whizz until you have a smoothish paste
- Heat a small frying pan with a little oil
- When hot, drop in tablespoons of the mixture
- Cook on both sides until golden brown
- Serve warm with steamed vegetables
- Great cold in packed lunches and picnics.
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