Day #28 – Corn and Bacon Fritters

Yesterday marked the end of Daylight Savings here in New Zealand so we had to put our clocks back an hour. So, the kids went to bed at their usual time of 7:30 pm and woke up at their usual time of 7:30am. Except, one didn’t – Princess was up earlier than usual, so, in conjunction with Daylight Savings, she was up at five thirty. Which wouldn’t be too horrific had BabyGirl (and I) not gone to bed at 2am. Yes, you are reading correctly. Needless to say, we have had some pretty tired and cranky kids today.

And, then we went to a friend’s birthday party, Master turned one! It was a fun and relaxing party during which we ate too much delicious food and the kids ate so much sugar that it was as though their entire souls had been replaced by a mash up of Road Runner, Damien from The Omen and … well .. someone really loud.

What do you feed your kids dinner on a day like today? Desperate to fill Princess’s tummy with something other than sugar before bed, she had a bowl of WeetBix for her dinner. She thought it was a hoot, having breakfast for tea, and she wolfed it down. For the rest of us, Corn and Bacon Fritters. I asked Mr T if he wanted anything with it and he said no, that was fine. Side bar: I think he is really missing fish and chips. Think? I know he is. Because he tells me. Regularly. But, we are on the home stretch now, only seven days to go!

Corn and Bacon Fritters


1 440g Can Creamed Corn

3/4 C Self Raising Flour

3 Eggs

Bacon, diced

Cook the bacon and then set aside. Mix in a bowl the flour and eggs, and then add the corn. Add in the bacon and fry in oil until brown and cooked. The key to these coming out nice, is to keep the element on a medium heat – too hot and they burn, too cool and they don’t cook properly. Serve with tomato sauce (Mr T) or sweet chilli sauce (me).



Good enough for a Sunday evening, when we are too tired to care. All we are concerned about now is getting these “children” to bed. And by children, I mean Little Horrors. Whom I love. Dearly.





Day #14 – Sunday Night Mish-Mash


As I mentioned on Day #12, I was away yesterday at a fun-filled and relaxing wedding. While my dear mother stayed here and looked after Princess and BoyChild, I expected them to eat takeaways for dinner. In fact, I encouraged it. But no – in order to keep consistent with this No-Takeaway Challenge, they cooked an awesome meal for the kids. Well done, Grandma! And, the food at the wedding was exceptional and homely – the wedding was in a marquee on a farm and the food was home cooked and catered not by fancy caterers but by family and friends. There is a lot to be said for a classic Kiwi wedding with salads, roast chicken and lamb, ham on the bone and potatoes from the garden, followed up by Pavlova and cheesecake for desert. Oh my, I’m drooling once more. Superb. Utterly superb.

But I digress! I got home mid-afternoon and I am completely shattered. I even snuck in a cheeky nap on the couch this afternoon – in fact, I may have stopped mid-sentence and just suddenly fallen asleep. That’ll learn me for staying out till 11pm on a Saturday night *gasp*. Sorry, digressing once more. I think I’ll sleep well tonight!

My mum is visiting my sister and Mr T is at work, so dinner tonight was just the kids, Grandad and myself. And, to be honest, I didn’t feel like much at all. And, to be perfectly honest, the idea of takeaways was discussed. At length. But, I reluctantly dragged my feet to the freezer to see what I could whip up. And thus you have, the Sunday Night Mish-Mash.

For Princess and BoyChild – “Egg Soldiers”. That is, a soft boiled egg with toast cut into strips (the “soldiers”) for dipping. And, an entire carrot each. Because .. well, because.

For BabyGirl – Cooked egg yolk, toast and watermelon. All schmooshed together and flung from here to eternity.

And, for Grandad and myself – Steak, eggs and potato rosti.

Steak was simply seared in a pan until medium-well done. Eggs were fried and deliciously gooey.


Potato Rosti



Peel the potato and then grate into a bowl. Try to get as much liquid out as possible – the best way to do this is to use paper towels but we didn’t have any so I had to rely on squeezing it in handfuls while the liquid seeped away. Once the potato is relatively dry, mix in the egg. Fry in batches until cooked on both sides. These make lovely little fritters which I adore.


Well, the kids loved their meals of course. The potato rosti was *ok*. I’m not going to call it a win because, tonight, they didn’t really hold in the pan so it was more “fried, grated potato” than “fried little fritters”. But, I shrug because I still liked them. Grandad says they were very nice which is fine praise from him!

On the plus side, Princess is getting very good at peeling potatoes, she loves it. And, she helped to grate the potato as well, on her mini grater. She watched with amazement as I drained the “water” from the potatoes and exclaimed – “Is that yellow potato water? I’ve never seen yellow water! I don’t think I want to drink YELLOW WATER, MUM!”. Bless.

Tomorrow, I’ll be well rested (*ahem* BabyGirl, I’m looking at you) and all set for another cooking week 🙂