|Mexican Street Food inspired Sweetcorn fritters|
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It got me thinking about my own flavour memories and it seems I have a few flavour stories to tell... I had a giggle thinking about the time D told head chef at the Kent Cook Off finals that his favourite herb was...CHOCOLATE! He was just 6 years old at the time, but he actually adores using herbs and spices in his cooking and often uses things like basil, oregano, thyme and parsley so it was so funny that he picks out chocolate as a 'herb' and also as his favourite to use in cooking.
Seeing 'Modern Masala' as one of the trends in the Schwartz 2014 flavour forecast reminded me of one of our friends who called naan bread 'banana' bread. So whenever we asked him what he had for school dinner, he would tell us 'curry and banana bread'. That also gave us a giggle.
Another trend in the 2014 forecast is 'Mexican World Tour' and with sweetcorn being popular in Mexican cuisine (and sweetcorn being what popcorn is made from), it reminded me of my son who told daddy 'I've got popcorn' when he had chicken pox at 2 years old. Not quite sure why he got muddled with popcorn and chicken pox but it was very cute.
And it is Mexican food that inspired my recipe today. I wanted to make something quick, tasty and inspired by combining two trends that are taking the food world by storm; The 'Mexican World Tour' forecast combined with a street food style which is gaining in popularity all around the world. So we have invented our own recipe and it uses the flavour of the 'Schwartz Mexican Fajitas Flavour Shots' to give the flavour and aroma that will transport your mind and memories to the streets of Mexico.
The beauty of this recipe is that it is a really cost effective meal, uses primarily store cupboard ingredients, and is so quick to cook so can be rustled up quickly as a mid-week meal for a hungry family after a long day.
Mexican Street Food Inspired Sweetcorn Fritters
Ingredients: (makes enough for a large family)
200g plain flour
Schwartz Mexican Fajitas Flavour shot
1 tsp baking powder
400g (approx) sweetcorn (either tinned or cooked from frozen)
1 small tin of Spam (or you can use hot dogs, ham, bacon, leftover sausages or even a tin of tuna)
One third of each of a red pepper, yellow pepper and green pepper
Salad to serve (optional)
A tiny bit of rapeseed oil or fry-light spray (for cooking the tortilla)
1. Pre-heat oven to 200C. Lightly spray a corn tortilla with fry-light oil and cook on a baking tray in the oven for 6 minutes until crisp and golden. (For the kids portions we also cut some up into triangles, sprayed with oil and cook for 5-6 minutes).
2. In a large bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, eggs and milk. Add in one tablespoon of the Schwartz Mexican Fajita flavour shots to make your fritters really flavoursome.
3. Add in chopped spam (or ham or whatever you are using). Spam tends to get a bad press but actually has a high meat content and used in a meal with lots of flavours added can taste fantastic as it acts as a blank canvass and takes on those flavours really well.
4. Add in the sweetcorn and peppers and mix it all together.
5. In a frying pan add in a couple of tablespoons of the Schwartz flavour shots. Heat up and then add in a spoonful of your mixture to make a fritter. Cook each one for just a minute or two on each side and then it is ready. The fritters will take on the tasty Mexican flavours as they cook.
6. Serve on top of your crispy corn tortilla, and with some salad to add some vibrant colours.
Here we have added some green lettuce, grated carrot, tomatoes and cress.
We made big fritters for the grown-ups and mini-ones for the kids so they could eat them as finger food in true 'street food' style.
|Mini fritters as finger food for the kids|
And they loved it!
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