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Beignets de courgettes

Beignets de courgettes

Every year, I ask myself, why did I plant so many courgettes? And every year somehow, I do. But a garden without a bounty of courgettes wouldn't look right, would it? So here is a recipe for you to try "beignets de courgettes". Easy, extremely moreish and perfect if you have plenty of courgettes in your garden.

Ingredients:

Note: this recipe is based on one normal size courgette (if you use 2 double the amount, 3 triple etc… as simple as that).

One courgette grated

100 g of self raising flour

1 tsp of baking powder

50 g of blue cheese (cheddar works too)

One spring onion finely chopped

One egg (medium size)

Vegetable oil to dip fry

Method:

Start by sifting baking powder and flour. Then add your grated courgette, cheese, spring onion and egg and mix to a batter consistency.

If you have a dip fat fryer use it for this recipe. I don’t, so I use a wok and do my dip fry in that.

Also, make sure to have a tray lined with tissue paper to soak the excess oil.

I always start by dropping a little bit of my batter in the oil to see if it’s hot enough. You’ll know it is if it floats on the surface and starts browning. At that stage, turn the temperature right down otherwise your fritters will turn dark brown but will not necessarily be cooked inside.

Now that your oil is at the right temperature, you can start cooking your courgettes fritters. Use a tsp if you want small bites and a tbsp for bigger morsels. Dip 4 to six spoons at a time so your oil doesn’t drop in temperature. Your beignets de courgettes will be cooked when they start browning on the outside. That is all!

Serve hot with some dips of your choice. I like mine wrapped in a salad leaf and dipped in sweet chilli sauce.

If you’re after a sweet recipe with courgettes you may want to try my “gateau de courgettes au chocolat

Bon appétit!⠀

Corinne x

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Mushroom beignets with a soy, black pepper and parsley batter

Mushroom beignets with a soy, black pepper and parsley batter

48 days until Christmas! I love this time of year, as I don't really have to find any excuse to indulge. But for many, this is also a time were stress levels are high, especially when it comes down to party food. My rule for this has always been, simple, quick and delicious recipes. So I think you are going to enjoy this one. My mushroom beignets with a soy, black pepper and parsley batter. It's perfect, especially if you have vegetarian guests. It's just a crowd pleasing one. I actually got the recipe from my mother in Law who is Japanese. She makes these with ramen. But they are also perfect as little canapes served with a sweet chilli sauce.

Mushroom beignets with a soy, black pepper and parsley batter

Ingredients:

A punnet of mushrooms

200 g of self raising flour

1 large egg

3 tbsp of light soy sauce

1/2 tsp black pepper

As much or as little parsley as you like (finely chopped)

A bit of water

Vegetable oil

A non stick pan

Kitchen towels

Method:

In a bowl, mix your flour, egg, soy, black pepper and parsley and slowly add a little bit of water, until you reach a thick batter. If you’ve ever made Yorkshire pudding that’s the consistency you want to get.

Finely chop your mushrooms, add them to your batter and stir.

Place some kitchen towels in a plate or even better a tray.

In your pan, add about a 1 cm deep of oil, and heat it up. Add spoonfuls of your mushroom mix to the hot oil. Once cooked place them on the kitchen towels to soak-up the excess oil. And repeat this process until you have no batter left.

Serve warm with a sweet chilli sauce.

If you want to make this recipe vegan, you can easily do so by removing the egg.

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Bon appétit!⠀

Corrine x