We’re at the end of our glorious corn crop and today I harvested that last few teensy cobs with one half full and about 8 kernels each on the other side. I decided that lovely corn fritters with a bit of onion and a dash of cumin would be good for lunch. John thought it would be good too.
Do you send instant messages through your computer to your husband or partner in the next room? We do it all the time.
John is a programmer and when he’s got 15 strings in his head of – if this happens do this and if that happens do that so to keep him from having to start all over, I send computer messages. For John it’s like someone’s counting to 100 and when they get to 48 you say, “24, 25, 26, 37, 41, 16…” Then there are bad words emitted from that room next door followed by the biggest sigh you can imagine.
Me: “John, I know you’re really busy but would you do me a big favor that will take you 10 minutes? I’ve been cleaning the bbq and I’d need to take a shower before I could leave the house”
Me: “Was that a yes?”
Me: “Go buy a mango so we can have some salsa with our corn fritters?”
Him: “Yes, dear.”
He left and I dashed to the kitchen and whipped up the fritter batter, went outside and got some fresh mint, chopped up a little red onion, got out the cumin and olive oil and a little lemon juice and I was ready. I heard the front door open and heard the keys hit the hall table and he came in with NO mangoes.
“The mango man’s booth is gone, must be the end of the season,” he said as if it didn’t matter that I’d gone through all that work and there was NO mango salsa to go with it. I had plans for that mango that didn’t exist.
He acted like there was no drama to be had whatsoever. Me, on the other hand, couldn’t understand why he hadn’t gone to the supermarket less than 5 minutes from where Dan the Mango Man’s booth normally sits. I looked at him and thought bad words. He’s deep into finishing up his index plugin so I held my tongue and started rummaging through the pantry.
I spied a tin of pineapple pieces. Lunch was sorted and John’s dad wouldn’t have to starve. I plopped all the ingredients into a bowl, drizzled it with olive oil and cooked up the fritters. I left out the chili in the salsa because John’s dad can’t handle it. Lunch was job done.
We enjoyed our corn fritters sitting in front of the TV watching Victoria Azurenka grunt and scream her way to a loss at the Australian Open tennis tournament. I bet I said, “Stick a freakin sock in it,” more times than is healthy.
If you haven’t made corn fritters, shame on you. They are wonderful. They are even better with mango salsa but pineapple and mint work just fine too. I bet any sort of salsa or chutney would be great with them. This is a great vegetarian lunch idea.
- 1 egg
- 1 cup of corn kernels cut off the cob (and scrape the cob too for all the good bits left behind)
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- ½ onion chopped finely
- 1 cup self-raising flour
- salt and pepper to taste
- chopped parsley
- chopped chives
- oil for frying
- 1 mango (I used canned pineapple pieces)
- handful of fresh mint, chopped
- ¼ lemon, juiced
- ¼ red onion finely chopped
- ½ red chili finely chopped (you can add more or leave it out - I left it out)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Toss everything in a bowl and mix well. Make first so flavours develop.
- Into a medium sized bowl add the corn, the onion, the egg, salt and pepper and mix well.
- Add flour and milk alternately until you have a thick gloopy batter. It should look like a really thick, lumpy pancake batter.
- Add any herbs you like, or bacon or leeks or anything that's sitting in your fridge.
- Heat a frying pan to medium and add oil. Make small fritters and cook until golden brown on the bottom. Flip and cook til browned on the bottom.
- Serve with salsa
Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com says
Oh Shame on me – I haven’t made corn fritters – yet!
These look so good Maureen! So Good!
Run to the kitchen!
Dedy@Dentist Chef says
hehehe, just like my father, once my mom asked him to purchased some pandan rice, he just simply going to his rice man, if there’s no there, he won’t bother to go home without asking to the other shop that only 15 feets from that store…..
btw, we used to called this as pergedel jagung in Indonesia, my kinda growing up daily snack!
Donalyn@The Creekside Cook says
Ah – here is the trouble with reading Aussie blogs – I get so jealous that you have corn in the garden while I have snow in mine! I guess I will have to wait a few months to give these a try!
You can use frozen corn or even corn from a can, Donalyn. 🙂 Even in the winter!
John@Kitchen Riffs says
Mrs K R and I email rather than IM each other, but otherwise yes, we do the same thing! I haven’t made corn fritters in ages. Shame on me! They’re easy, and so good. With, or without, mango. Fun post — thanks.
Way too funny! I can picture the whole scene too well… OF COURSE I must side with you, there is a lot of drama in the whole thing, and I would even forgive a couple of tears… well, that could be a little too much, even moi, the Drama Queen would have to dial it back. Only slightly, though
I haven’t made corn fritters in a while – love them! I think I have them in my blog. You’ve been blogging for too long when… you don’t remember what you blogged about already and might blog it all over again!
He read the post and said something like, “You didn’t tell me mango was critical to your well-being or that I needed to go to the supermarket. You SAID ten minutes and it was just about 10 minutes to the mango hut.” Men!
Gotta admit they can be tremendously creative… 🙂
yeah, right – mango salsa is not fundamental for mango salsa. Why would it be?
I actually read the post to Phil and he mumbled something like – well, I don’t think I would come empty handed. I would grab a cantaloupe. He, he, he… too cute.
You guys are too funny. I wonder what mine would do if I interrupted his work for a mango. I’ve made corn fritters and love them but they were “light” and obviously not as delicious as yours. Will try yours. Yum.
The Squishy Monster says
I think this will be just lovely with some tenderloin tonight!
This is why I am single. I always get what I want!
Love the corn fritters.
Mango’s not a problem but getting fresh mint is impossible (says bad words). I had to toss the fresh parsley and dill the last time I had any in a container in the fridge. The water underneath them froze although I KNOW the fridge is not set too high. (says more bad words). Can I use dried mint? (doesn’t think she has any but it’s good to know)
Do you have any suggestions for the Anjou pear and wedge of blue cheese in my fridge? California hand roll for supper but hoping to try some of those lovely corn fritters when I get some fresh corn.
Lizzy (Good Things) says
Oh Maureen, this is too funny! Poor John… my Peter always phones me, sometimes in a panic, if he is unsure when he gets to the supermarket. Love corn fritters… reminds me, it’s been a while since I made them. Hope you are well xo
Hotly Spiced says
You are too funny, Maureen. I have to change the channel if there’s a grunter or screamer on the court. It’s a game – not torture! When John returned with no mango, I think that’s a male thing. A woman would have exhausted more options. Shame you couldn’t have added the chilli to the salsa. I’m so mean I would have added five and told my in-laws they couldn’t have any. They’d be fine – they like tomato sauce with everything! xx
Rachel Cotterill says
We have been known to phone one another across the garden… 🙂 And these look wonderful, such a shame about the mango!
Choc Chip Uru says
I can’t imagine not eating corn fritters on almost a daily basis – this is so delicious 😀
John didn’t go to the store because you didn’t specifically tell him to. We have that problem around here too. HA
Bam's Kitchen says
Sometimes I send my husband to the store and he can never find what I have requested, even though I know very well that they have this in stock. I always have a plan B and pineapple is a great plan B for the salsa. I love corn fritters by the way and have not had them since I lived at home. Thanks for the reminder to try them again soon.
It’s all down to your lack of clear and concise instructions that you didn’t get a mango – that’s what I would have been told. And there’s no way I wouldn’t have been able to hold my tongue and give a good roll of the eyes too for good measure in return.
I haven’t made corn fritters for ages – a timely reminder thank you.
Foodie in WV says
I absolutely love corn fritters! Your recipe and photos sound and look perfect! I agree with the other poster that these would be delicious with pork tenderloin.
lizzie - strayed from the table says
Love corn fritters. I am about to put some more corn in at our place, hoping for a better crop than last. I think your bounty of corn was much better than mine but I was also working with no water. Its amazing how simple one ingredient in growing can effect everything.
A friend of mine made your recipe last year and it was the first time I’d ever had corn fritters. 🙂
Yum! I love corn, so these fritter are just perfect for me and yes, fruity salsa just sound delicious paired with the corn fritter…
Thanks for the recipe Maureen and hope you are having a wonderful week 😀
Joanne T Ferguson says
G’day Maureen! Your stories and recipes always make me smile, true!
I have very fond childhood memories of corn fritters; yours today look YUM too!
Ansh Dhar says
I am standing in the shame corner too. I have never even eaten them. I will however run to the kitchen and correct the mistake !
I am pleased. LOL
Nice save on the salsa! Love corn fritters so please just serve me up about 6 of these! They look quite yummy and the salsa is perfect!
Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking says
A Southern classic! I love the idea of serving them with a fresh mango salsa, too.
Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl says
This looks amazing, major yum. And yes me and my husband totally IM all the time even when we’re across the room. Sometimes he will ignore a message and I will yell out loud “Write back to me!”. Then he does. 🙂
Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella says
LOL I’m not a fan of grunting tennis players I must admit. I have to turn down the sound and then you miss a lot of the atmosphere. I am however a huge fan of these fritters! 😀
What a delightful way to use up some corn.. I have never tried corn fritters. It’s a must try on my list now. 🙂
Denise Browning@From Brazil To You says
Maureen, dear! You should have named this dish ‘The Way to One’s Heart’… Well, it is certainly to mine! I am crazy for corn and everything else made from it… Do you make deliveries? 🙂
For you? Anytime!
The conversation sounds so sweet. Hubby is a programmer too, all the time on his laptop, I buzz him and message him every hour. He loves it(most of the time).
This fritter sounds so yum, it would be so nice to pack for school lunches too, great idea.
We are smack dab in the middle of winter and I can’t even begin to tell you how luscious the Corn Fritters are! And the salsa takes the outstanding recipe to pure delight!
Justine @ Cooking and Beer says
Love these, Maureen! I can never seem to get corn cakes right, but this might be something I can handle. Definitely trying out this recipe. Off to pin 😉
Mireya Merritt says
I’ve had corn fritters before and I love them, but I’ve never had them with fruit toppings. it sounds delicious though, and I will try it next time I make them. Thanks!
Laura (Tutti Dolci) says
What tasty fritters, I agree that a mango salsa would be just the thing to serve with them!
Tricia @ Saving room for dessert says
Shame on me – I need to make these! I would be very popular in my house. Great save on the pineapple salsa – you created a gorgeous lunch!
Cass @foodmyfriend says
Haha! I can just imagine how that all played out. Well they are still stunning with or without the mango salsa. How yummy!
I cannot wait for summer so I can make your corn fritters! My last batch was a “wing it” recipe and they weren’t so great…yours look perfect.
PS…I can see my hubby doing the exact same thing!
My “wing it” corn fritters never look this great! Love the mango story…I can see my hubby doing the same thing!
Abbe@This is How I Cook says
My husband can’t find what’s in front of his nose in the pantry. And if he goes to the grocery he calls me at least four times because he can’t figure out what he’s supposed to get. I think he did that because now I just go myself. Love corncakes. And they aren’t just for lunch-at least in my book. Lucky you with fresh corn!
The Food Sage says
Shame on me, i’ve never made a corn fritter. Armed with your recipe, i hope to make amends, as i certainly do love them. Thanks for the kick up the arse!
LOL you crack me up.
dear Maureen, This is a very nice vegetarian lunch and I think the pineapple and mint works well. Mango would have been nice too, though it was not to be….I think you are right any salsa or fruit would work.
Blessings dearest. Catherine xo
This would be nice with some roasted meat, love corn fritters always
Amy @ Elephant Eats says
Mmmm, these look amazing! I love corn fritters…and I can only imagine how tasty they are with freshly picked corn!
Monica @ Gastromony says
I don’t know what it is about corn fritters but they make me salivate immediately. I love your recipe 🙂 Must see if I can get hold of some lovely fresh corn today…
The Wimpy Vegetarian says
Sign me up for the shame corner. I’ve never had them either. But as soon as corn is back in season, I’m making this puppies. I totally cracked up at the interplay between you and your husband. We message each other too. Or well, my husband yells across the house saying something I couldn’t possibly hear from my office, and I message him back. Slow to take a hint at times, he just yells back to me across the house. Men.
It’s nice to know I’m not alone. 🙂