A Pretty Pair of Patties

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)

500g potatoes

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)

olive oil

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 egg

1 Tbsp yoghurt


besan flour

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!

Prince William looks over Narrow Neck Lookout as Catherine looks on.

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!


Meal Plan 30/3 – 5/4

SUNDAY / showers 18

Grilled Lemony Herb Chicken with Leftover Risotto and Vegetables

MONDAY / possible shower 21

Ants Climbing A Tree

TUESDAY / partly cloudy 22

Rissoles and Vegetables

WEDNESDAY / shower or two 23

Fish with Pumpkin and Silverbeet Tian

THURSDAY / shower and chance of a storm 21

Chicken Pesto Pasta

FRIDAY / shower or two 16

Spinachy Bean Burger Tacos

SATURDAY / a few showers 19

Leftover Pies

Let the meat free games begin!

Day one of meat free week! Oh the buzz! The excitement! The anticipation! I must say, I had a lot of fun finding recipes for this week (thankyou Blue Mountains Natural Parents for your bevy of wonderful ideas, I really need to figure out how to print that thread!). I’m not sure which night I’m looking forward to the most… which one would you choose?

We have started on a good note. Hurray! Tonight’s Baked Cheese Ravioli with Broccoli and Spinach was a success. Lots of good noises from Legoman and he even thinks I should make it again (normally I just get a shrug of the shoulders when I ask). Personally I would’ve liked a bit more flavour in there, maybe in the form of anchovies. This was Possum’s first experience of ravioli and she loved it. She even started clapping after her first one! Was pretty darn cute. Wasn’t so cute when she wouldn’t eat any broccoli unless I tore it up into tiny little pieces. Poor thing is still sick though, so I’m just happy she ate.

Possum's Dinner

Possum’s Dinner

The fudgy choc-orange bars I made yesterday are super amazingly yum. Will be making those again for certain! Legoman ate his at work but didn’t want to tell anyone else about them in case they wanted some. A good sign 🙂 It was great being able to eat one of these instead of chocolate when the afternoon came around today. Much more satisfying too, and no yucky feeling like I sometimes get after eating sweets.

Leaning tower of choc fudgy goodness

Leaning tower of choc fudgy goodness

May the good food vibes continue!

Baked Cheese Ravioli with Broccoli and Spinach

Affordability : MODERATE – EXCELLENT. The ravioli cost $5 from the local fruit and veg. You could use any ravioli for this dish, a nice pumpkin one would be a winner (though would probably set you back around $10). Half a kilo of broccoli and some frozen spinach are nice and cheap and super healthy.

Time Factor : MODERATE. I thought this sounded quick, but took a bit longer than expected.

Complexity : MODERATE. I really should read a recipe right through before choosing to make it on a weeknight when I have a sick baby at home. This recipe has 22 steps. Yes, 22. After a while I just started staring blankly at my printed page. Thankfully Legoman came home and we finished cooking together. As they say on Sesame Street, things turn out better when we work together.

Deliciousness : MODERATE. Legoman’s comment… “You know what this needs? Bacon!”. And he’s right. Some kind of meaty saltiness would really boost this dish. I think anchovies would work better personally. We both really liked the browned cheesy bits on the top. Super tasty.

Mess : MODERATE – HIGH. I felt like this used many pans and bits and pieces. While it was in the oven, we got to work on the dishes. A frypan, a saucepan, a steamer insert, a baking tray, two graters, a whisk. Plus lots of renegade bits of broccoli and spinach sticking to everything.

Tummy Filling Factor : EXCELLENT. Full as a tick.

Possum Friendly? YES. I didn’t bother trying to make the white sauce for Possum, instead I just stirred through a teaspoon of cream cheese with two pieces of ravioli (they are big ones) and some broccoli. Pretty tasty combo! You could save time and effort and do the same for the whole dish. Was hoping she would eat some more of the garlicky greens to help make her better, but she thought it was more fun dropping her broccoli over the side of the high chair.

Would I make it again? Yes, but would jazz it up a little bit.

Cheesy Baked Ravioli with Broccoli and Spinach

Cheesy Baked Ravioli with Broccoli and Spinach

And I just wanted to share with you this terrible photo of a stick insect. They are bloody hard to take a photo of on your phone!! Kind of looks like he photo bombed the picture!

Stick Man!

Stick Man!

Meal Plan 22/3 – 28/3 a Meat Free Week Special!!

This week I am attempting a meat free week for my little family, to raise awareness to how much we over consume meat and how easy and delicious it can be to cut down (or out). When I told Legoman what I was doing with our meals this week his first reaction was “I think I’m working late all week….”. Doubt he will be saying that after he sees what we are actually eating. Check out this for a delicious menu!! I’m hungry already!

MONDAY / shower or two 16

Baked Cheese Ravioli with Broccoli and Spinach

TUESDAY / a few showers 16

Space Curry

WEDNESDAY / shower or two 17

Veggie Fajitas

THURSDAY / shower or two 18

Cashew Curry

FRIDAY / shower or two 19

Frittata with toast and salad

SATURDAY / no weather forecast available

Pumpkin, Tomato and Lemon Baked Risotto

Tomorrow is my first alone shopping day in a couple of weeks and boy am I looking forward to it! Who would’ve thought grocery shopping could bring so much joy. I might even go and have a coffee. On. My. Own.