Random Recipes #8: Corn & Feta Fritters

After the success of last month’s Random Recipes challenge, in which the Small Girl thoughtfully selected ‘Great Ways With Steak And Chops’, I put her to work again to choose September’s recipe from a pile of magazine clippings and pull-outs. I confess, I only gave her a small selection to work with, for I am destined to become one of those mad old ladies who lives in a house overflowing with things she has cut out of the newspaper or scribbled down on the back of a phone bill. Whenever we move house (something we’ve tended to do every 12-18 months in the last six or seven years), I find more recipes tucked into novels or – worse – tucked into other recipe books. There must be a name for this – Compulsive Recipe And Cookbook Kollecting (CRACK) perhaps? Shall we start a support group?

The Small Girl pulled this out of a pile of papers tucked into the handwritten recipe book I made when I first went flatting. There’s a burn mark on the back (left it on the element, Wanganui, 2001) and all sorts of things tucked inside, including a tea-stained note to my 1996 flatmate Kim from her sister Kirsty (“Kimbo: put your heater on the clothes, hope you don’t mind, need some for tomorrow. Early night for me, you crazy partier”), a 100 riel note (Cambodia, 2000), a bank statement from a defunct account (2004) and lots of torn-out pages from Observer Food Monthly (London, 2005-2009). Oh, and the recipes…

Corn, Feta and Microgreen Fritters
I’d like to say the Small Girl chose this particular recipe because she loves corn fritters, but alas, she didn’t eat a single one. Oh well, I thought they were pretty good. Judging from the font and layout, I think the recipe comes from an old copy of NZ House and Garden magazine. The attached story talks about the benefits of cooking with ‘microgreens’, which were the next big thing a while back. Health benefits aside, I think using fresh herbs from your garden (or kitchen) would do the trick nicely.

1 cup flour
3tsp baking powder
1tsp salt
Black pepper
2 free range eggs
125ml soda water
2 cups corn kernels (1 can, drained)
125g feta, crumbled
1 cup microgreens (or finely chopped fresh herbs)

Sift the flour, baking powder, salt and pepper into a bowl. Add the eggs and soda water and beat until smooth. Stir in the corn, feta and greens and let stand for 10 minutes.
Cook spoonfuls in a well-greased pan over medium heat until golden on both sides.
Remember, as with pikelets, the first one will be a disaster while you get the temperature right. Keep subsequent fritters warm in a 120C oven while you cook the rest. Serve with chutney and more greens. Makes about a dozen.



  1. September 7, 2011 / 7:13 pm

    CRACK support group, that's great. I know so many people (myself included) who'd be candidates to join. I have a growing pile of old cooking magazines, cookbooks, bits of recipes floating around everywhere scribbled all over everything.

    Old handwritten cookbooks are the best! I just pulled mine (stained, torn, some recipes of dubious quality) out the other day to bake some cookies… so many memories 🙂

  2. September 7, 2011 / 7:35 pm

    CRACK… love it lol! I'd join! o:-)
    love the recipe.. soda water must add such a nice touch.

  3. September 8, 2011 / 12:15 am

    I love this post Lucy, in it's entirety. Great food, great writing (you've really embraced the whole random recipe thing here) and lovely photos. That one of Small Girl surrounded by cut outs is exactly what this is about! Thanks so much for taking part xx

  4. September 8, 2011 / 5:38 am

    Microgreens? Clearly wasn't the Family Circle you clipped that one from? Tee hee.

    Thanks for the comment on my post. Hope the Op Shop Gods were smiling on you during your oppie raid.

  5. September 8, 2011 / 6:59 am

    I love corn fritters,but haven't tried it with feta..till now.I am Op Shop lover too;)

  6. September 8, 2011 / 8:27 am

    Lovely pictures! And I'd definitely be up for joining your support group!

    Handscribbled recipes are great – they always remind you of when and where you received them.

  7. September 8, 2011 / 8:47 am

    I love your random recipes posts. I'm definitely a CRACK candidate, love it! I'm a compulsive recipe collector. And I love corn fritters – so underrated!

  8. September 8, 2011 / 11:00 am

    Am joining CRACK too 😉 My biggest downfall is writing only the ingredients on a scrap of paper, and not bothering with the instructions, or even name. I find so many little bits of paper with "butter, sugar, flour, eggs, cocoa…" etc on, and don't even know if it's a cake or a slice or a biscuit anymore!
    I wanted to send you a mail about the tutu tutorial but can't find your email address – if you contact me I will reply and let you know how I did it 😉
    x Rhi
    ps. and oh, the fritters look delish too! 🙂

  9. September 8, 2011 / 11:30 am

    ha ha – I need to join crack support group – that sounds like my house but why would you throw out any of those treasures – including the recipe!

  10. September 8, 2011 / 1:25 pm

    Fritters look so yummy! I make a similar version of these, using cheddar instead of feta and spring onions (scallions, salad onions) or chives instead of microgreens.
    I remember when my kids were smaller, I used to call them sweetcorn pancakes, cos they loved pancakes and so would eat them 🙂

  11. September 8, 2011 / 4:12 pm

    I think I will need to set up a local CRACK support group here in Edinburgh! These fritters look great! I love that you used canned corn…I'd totally use frozen (so easy)…yum yum yum 🙂

  12. September 8, 2011 / 5:39 pm

    Sign me up for that there support group ;0)
    Love the sound of your recipe book, some much history on every page which is surely all a part of the love and history of the food we cook too. Yum!

  13. September 9, 2011 / 1:55 am

    Ahhh I've been so curious about corn fritters! I've never actually seen them in real life (much like snickerdoodles, until I made them). Thanks for giving me the inspiration to give them a try!

  14. September 13, 2011 / 3:11 pm

    I'm with you on CRACK – definitely need help in that department, although ….., it's fun finding all these hidden recipes (and other stuff) in a forgotten book years later. These fritters sound grand.

  15. September 16, 2011 / 9:29 am

    crack – sign me up now! As long as I don't have to throw any of my recipes away and does this support group include the obsessive watching of cookery programmes and then obsessively making the recipes and then obsessively blogging about them even though you are only a domestic goddess in training??? Help meeeeeeee

  16. September 25, 2011 / 6:35 pm

    I can't believe it has taken me so long to come by and have a look at these. Shame on me. They look bloddy good. Excuse my french 😀

  17. September 27, 2011 / 6:47 am

    The fritters look intesting and yummy, as well as simple enough for a novice cook like me to make. I'm not familiar with feta though… could I substitute it with something else?

  18. September 30, 2011 / 8:55 pm

    linked over from dom's! these look amazing!

  19. September 30, 2011 / 10:13 pm

    These look amazing I must give them ago.

  20. October 2, 2011 / 6:28 pm

    These look delicious! I had hoarded so many recipes I had to have a purge – I divided them up into piles that I thought might appeal to my mum, sister and brother respectively, and passed them on. They were thrilled, and the number of unmade recipes in my stash was reduced slightly – win!

  21. October 12, 2014 / 12:58 am

    i will try it a home

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