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>I am addicted to magazines. All kinds. Mostly cooking. House and Garden too. As addictions go – it could be much worse…

This pile is a selection of February and March issues of some of my favourite cooking magazines. I want to cook with the seasons, and I also want to find recipes that are good for me. So, I decided to look through my magazines and put post-its on each recipe that I wanted to try…. can you see them all? I have my work cut out for me, but I’m up for it 🙂
There is something comforting about the word ‘fritters’. It sounds no-fuss, no-frills. I like that kind of food. I’m not a chef, just a home cook. I like cooking things that can be done ahead. I’m a one-pot kind of girl – and not just because I get to do the washing up too. I love using spices, I love curries and stews and casseroles. These fritters are a little bit special – with prawns in – but they have the advantage of using up some of the zucchini that just keep coming
Prawn and Zucchini Fritters
2 tsp coriander seeds
2 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp fennel seeds
250g green prawn meat – roughly chopped
1 zucchini (about 100g – obviously whoever wrote this recipe doesn’t grow zucchini the way we grow zucchini)

uhoh – this is what happens if you miss picking one…

2/3 cup of flour. (the original recipe called for tempura flour. I can’t use regular flour, but I made a batch of muffins the other day using ratios that Shauna and The Chef worked out at www.glutenfreegirl. I used some of that left-over flour – my mix had ground almonds and buckwheat and cornflour in it. Tempura flour would probably make a crisper finish to the batter, but we had no complaints)

Oil to deep-fry
Sweet chilli sauce – to serve.
Toast the seeds in a dry fry pan until fragrant (they didn’t do this in the original recipe, but it doesn’t take long at all, and it makes a huge difference to the flavour in other recipes – so I did it this way).
Grind the toasted spices in a coffee grinder that you use just for spices – or use a mortar and pestle.
(If you don’t want to do any of this – use half the quantity of each spice ground)
Put the spices into a bowl with the chopped prawn meat and the coarsely grated zucchini.
Add flour and mix well.
Make a well in the centre and mix in about 1/4 cup of iced water. You should have a thick batter – add a little more water if you need to.
Heat oil in a deep fryer to 190c (or until a cube of bread turns golden in 30 seconds – if you can get gluten-free bread to go golden – you are a better man than I am)
Carefully put heaped tablespoons of  the batter into the pan and cook for about 3 minutes until golden and cooked through.
Drain on a paper towel
We ate them splodged with the Chilli Jam I made the other day.
The recipe says it serves 4 as a starter, but I forgot to count them all… this is not them all 🙂

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