It’s been a big week here at the Pea Fritters house! I went back to work, two days, and loved it! Possum made it to 11 months old and also got her top two teeth after a few very unsettled nights. And Legoman met William and Kate!! Phew! No wonder we’re all a bit tired tonight. And no wonder there hasn’t been much happening on the blog front. We have had a couple of dinner wins this week which I’d love to share with you. Both recipes are from a cookbook called “What’s For Dinner?” that I picked up at my local library. A great no fuss cookbook, the kind when I flick through, I just want to eat pretty much everything inside. I picked out the Tuna Patties and the Caramelised Onion, Chickpea and Spinach Patties for my meal plan this week.
Tuna Patties are a childhood favourite for many people. They don’t actually pop up in my childhood memories, but I love them none the less. The recipe has a great whallop of flavour which isn’t always present with Tuna Patties. Super easy and super tasty! I made a little tweek to the recipe, which was the substitute 1/3 of the potato for sweet potato, worked a treat. I will be making these again for certain. Possum enjoyed hers and Legoman said “These are the best Tuna Patties I’ve ever tasted!”, which was big seeing as his mum was sitting next to him at the time. Here is the recipe…
Tuna Patties (adapted from What’s For Dinner by Michele Curtis)
250g sweet potato
2 Tbsp butter
grated zest of 2 lemons
3 Tbsp chopped flat leaf parsley
1 Tbsp good quality mayonnaise
1 tsp Dijon mustard
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475g tin of good quality tuna (I used Sirena), drained
1 egg, lightly beaten with 4 Tbsp of milk
100 – 200g breadcrumbs
oil for cooking
Peel, boil and mach the potatoes. While still hot, add the butter, lemon zest, parsley, mayonnaise and mustard and season with salt and pepper. Break up the tuna and add to the mashed potatoes. Mix well to combine and shape into 8 – 10 cakes. Put in the fridge to cool for 30 minutes. When the patties are cold, dip them into the egg mixture and then into the breadcrumbs, so they are completely coated.
Preheat the oven to 180 C. Place a large heavy based frypan over high heat and add a generous splash of oil. Cook the patties in batches for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Transfer to a baking tray and cook in the preheated oven for a further 10 minutes. Serve hot with a green salad.
The second patty recipe is for Caramelised Onion, Chickpea and Spinach Patties. I haven’t had much luck getting Possum to eat chickpeas, so I though this might be a good way to sneak them in. It worked! She ate 3 for dinner tonight! Once again, I made a few tweeks to the recipe…
Caramelised Onion, Chickpea and Spinach Patties (adapted from What’s For Dinner by Michele Curtis)
4 onions sliced
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp ground coriander
250g frozen chopped spinach
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3 Tbsp chopped fresh coriander
400g tin chickpeas, drained and rinsed and mashed with a potato masher (but leave it pretty chunky)
1 Tbsp yoghurt
Heat 3 Tbsp olive oil in a large frypan over medium heat. Add the onions and cook for 15-20 minutes, stirring them often, until the onions soften but do not colour.
Meanwhile, drain, rinse and mash your chickpeas in a bowl.
Add the spinach and spices and cook for a few minutes. Season with salt and pepper and add coriander leaves. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Add to the bowl with the chickpeas then add the egg, yoghurt, breadcrumbs and besan flour (amount and ratios to your liking). Mixture should be nice and sticky.
Heat olive oil in a frypan. Dollop a large spoon on mixture into the pan and flatten with the back of the spoon. Cook for a few minutes each side until golden brown, topping up the oil as needed. Remove from pan onto some paper towel. Serve with lemony, garlic yoghurt (mix a crush clove of garlic and some lemon juice through natural yoghurt).
A Pretty Pair of Patties
Affordability : EXCELLENT. Takes advantage of pantry and freezer staples. I managed to find a kilo of organic potatoes on sale at the supermarket for $1.50 too!
Time Factor : MODERATE. The cooling time for the tuna patties drags it out slightly as does cooking the onions for the other patties. But both well worth it.
Complexity : LOW. Very simple mix and cook recipes.
Deliciousness : EXCELLENT. Very happy with both of these! Will have to photocopy the pages for my Pink Folder of Wonder!
Mess : MODERATE. Dipping and crumbing adds to the mess. But in the scheme of things, not too bad. Even better when your mother in law is there to help with the dishes!
Tummy Filling Factor : EXCELLENT. Surprisingly filling! A bit of salad with the tuna patties, and a scraggle of leftover with the chickpea patties did the trick.
Possum Friendly? YES. Both recipes are fantastic Baby Led Weaning recipes. Nutritious and delicious! Plus they have a lovely mix of flavours from herbs and spices without relying on salt or sugar to boost them along.
Would I make it again? Yes, indeed I shall!
And here is a pic of Prince William and Kate, at Narrowneck lookout (taken from SMH article). Those two handsome legs in black pants at the very top of the picture belong to Legoman 🙂 and that’s our mate Tim on the left in the white helmet. Apparently they were lovely and put everyone at ease. Happy Days!