One of the all-time favourite chic flicks in our household is “The Holiday”. The story follows two women (Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet) escaping from their lives and guy problems by swapping homes (and countries) for the Christmas holidays. As all good rom-coms go, they each meet guys (Jude Law and Jack Black) and romance ensues. The movie is actually a beautiful mix of comedy and romance that has a surprising depth. For me though, it is not the romantic relationships that develop that warm my heart so much as the relationship between Iris Simpkins (Kate Winslet) an English journalist who is suffering from a severe case of unrequited love with a man who refuses to love her or let her move on, and an old Hollywood screen play writer called Arthur who is the neighbour of the house she is staying at. It is through this relationship that she finds her gumption and ultimately herself. My favourite line in the film comes at the end when Arthur gives her a corsage to wear to an event he is being honoured at. After giving her the flowers he tells her that if she thinks it’s too corny, she doesn’t need to wear it. Her reply:
“I like corny. I’m looking for corny in my life.”
Aren’t we all? I for one am hopeless when it comes to puns, old romance movies and photos of babies dressed in cute animal outfits. Although at present, my love life may be lacking in cornyness, at least I can use my love affair with breakfast to fill the corny gap.
Corn fritters are an excellent breakfast when I feel like something a little bit different that adds a subtle hint of sweetness. My variations is insanely simple and substitutes oats for flour and nutritional yeast flakes (or savoury yeast flakes – available at health food stores and an incredibly delicious vegan source of protein and vitamin B12) for Parmesan cheese used in traditional corn fritter recipes. Served with roasted pumpkin, dutch goats cheese (which is a hard goats cheese I discovered in Paris) and avocado, it definitely satisfied my corny cravings.
Breakfasts like these leave nothing to fritter about.
- 1 cup oats
- 2 eggs
- 125 gram tin of corn kernels (including the liquid, otherwise add 1/4 cup of water)
- pinch of Himalayan pink sea salt
- 1/3 cup nutritional yeast flakes
- 1tsp coconut oil
- 1 handful of parsley chopped (optional)
- Combine all of the ingredients together in a mixing bowl and let it sit for at least 5 minutes to allow the oats absorb the liquid and soften. Heat a pan on a medium heat and add the coconut oil to prevent the fritters from sticking. Spoon out a golf ball size amount of the mixture into the pan to make each fritter. You should be able to make 6, depending on size. Cook on both sides for 5 minutes each or until lightly golden.
- Suggestion: serve with avocado, natural yogurt, pumpkin, goats cheese and/ or a slice of lemon.