Leek fritters

Leek fritters by Meriel from Claudi&Fin

As described in my last post I recently met up with the two mums behind Claudi&Fin ice lollies. Meriel, one half of the pair, described to me how she often cooks with her three-year-old son Fin (something that I don't do as much of as I should) and I couldn't resist asking her to share with me her favourite sneaky veg recipe. She is lucky enough to have a son who eats pretty much anything, and she swears by getting him involved in the kitchen as the reason for this.

Here is her recipe for leek fritters.

This works as a hidden veg dish primarily because the batter makes the kids think they are getting potato! In my experience the spices don't put them off at all.

Fin helps me cook this - he likes the spice mixing and whizzing up the batter. There's enough stages to keep him entertained and it tastes amazing!

Ingredients (serves four)
3 leeks
5 shallots/1 onion
150ml olive oil

1 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp ground turmeric
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 tsp ground coriander
3 pinches salt
1 tsp sugar
1 red chilli (powder works - just enough for a little bit of pazazz!)
Chopped parsley

60g butter
120g self raising flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1 egg
200ml milk

Fry off the leeks and onion slowly until soft. Add to a bowl with all the spices and leave to cool.

Make a batter by melting the butter. Add to the flour, milk, baking powder and egg. Beat. Mix with cooled leeks and spices. Form into cakes and fry gently until golden.

You can make a Greek yoghurt, lemon juice, fresh coriander, garlic and olive oil dressing to go with it and serve with salad, or other vegetables that your child likes.