The other night Mr NQN caught me doing something that I've never done before in my life. I had snuck off to bed at around 10pm as I was still on South American time due to my recent travels to Chile. Around 11:30pm while he was still working, I decided to do some sleep walking.
I partially remember the experience and in my mind, I thought that I was on a boat that was swaying. I walked out of the bedroom confused and worried at what I might find. I became relieved when I saw the smiling face of Mr NQN and he gently led me back to bed. "Time to go to bed again mon cheri," he said to a confused and wide eyed me and I fell straight back to sleep, dreaming again that I was on a boat in Chile.
I woke up the next day early and I was famished. I couldn't wait to wake him up and ask him if I had imagined it all. Being up at 7am was a new world to me. I had time to do all sorts of things. I understood why people are morning people. Rising early even allowed me to make something like these corn fritters.
I usually think of corn fritters as something you order for weekend brunch at a cafe but they are really simple to make at home. And I'm sure that I won't persuade anyone to get up early on a week day and shuck their own corn in lieu of precious sleep. But on a weekend, especially with a very special weekend coming up (Mother's Day), there's little to stop you from making your own corn fritters and you can certainly eat them while remaining in your pyjamas. These are lusciously good with just enough corn to pop in your mouth with a creamy comfort from a sweetcorn batter.
And perhaps the smell of these cooking will lure people from their sleep to join you!
So tell me Dear Reader, have you ever sleep walked or sleep talked? And how often do you go out for brunch? And what are you doing for Mother's Day?
Chilli and Sour Cream Corn Fritters
An Original Recipe by Not Quite Nigella
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Makes 6 corn fritters
- 1/2 cup plain all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 210g/7.4oz tin of creamed corn
- 2 eggs
- 1 small red onion, peeled and diced
- 175g/6ozs. fresh corn shucked from the cob (you can also use tinned)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- Oil for frying
- Sweet chilli sauce and light sour cream or natural yogurt to serve
Step 1 - Place the flour and baking powder in a bowl and in a jug whisk the creamed corn and eggs together and add the wet mix into the dry. Add in the onion and corn kernels. Season with salt and sugar. Place a non stick frypan on medium to high heat.
Step 2 - Add a teaspoon or so of oil and fry the fritters two or three at a time. Turn over when small bubbles appear on the surface and then cook on the other side. Serve with sweet chilli sauce and sour cream or natural yogurt.