Birthdays and fritters

Today is the Queen's Birthday and we celebrate it on the second Monday of June each year.  It isn’t really Queen Liz’s birthday - that occurs on the 21st of April.  So technically she has already had her cake and eaten it (and I wasn’t invited to share).  Up until 1936 it was held on the actual birthday of the Monarch, but after the death of George V it was decided to keep the date on the second Monday in June - I suppose it was easier to remember and didn't bump into Easter and ANZAC Day.

How do I celebrate the Queen’s birthday - well sometimes I don’t even think about her all day.  I usually have a sleep-in and enjoy the day off from work. 

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Zucchini & feta fritters

Ingredients (serves 8)
  • 6 (about 700g) green zucchini, coarsely grated
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 3 green shallots, ends trimmed, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup firmly packed finely chopped fresh continental parsley
  • 200g feta, coarsely crumbled
  • 75g (1/2 cup) plain flour
  • 3 eggs, lightly whisked
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 80ml (1/3 cup) olive oil
  1. Combine zucchini and salt in a bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside for 10 minutes to soak. Use your hands to squeeze excess liquid from the zucchini. 
  2.  Combine the zucchini, green shallot, parsley, feta, flour and egg in a medium bowl. Season with pepper.
  3. Heat oil in a frying pan over medium high heat. Drop 4 tablespoonfuls of the zucchini mixture around edge of pan and flatten slightly. Cook for 2 minutes each side or until cooked through. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel and cover with foil. Repeat, in 3 more batches, with the remaining zucchini mixture, reheating oil between batches. Transfer fritters to a plate to serve.
  • You can prepare these fritters to the end of step 1 up to 3 hours ahead. Cover with plastic wrap and store in the fridge.
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  1. These fritters sound delicious. Might try them soon.
    Yesterday at church we read Psalm 145. Have a read of it sometime as it is a very encouraging and beautiful psalm.

  2. No doubt about it. Liz was a stunning young woman and still looks good for her age.
    Loving the fritter recipe. Thanks, that's one I would like to try.
    Cool and miserable in CQ but we are planning to snuggle up and maybe enjoy a family movie after lunch. The planned beach trip is rained out.

  3. I must confess, I never think about the Queen... she's just a good excuse for a family day!!!!
    This recipe sounds interesting... Haven't used feta a lot on the past...

  4. I am not a person who usually likes feta (I never eat it in salads) so I was uncertain about this recipe but decided to give it a go. It was delicious and the feta added a salty cheesy taste that went so well with everything else. It got me thinking about other feta recipes. I still don't like it in salads.

    I never think of the Queen, I just enjoy the day off:)

    To Anonymous: yes I agree that Psalm 145 is beautiful, I reread it after I saw your message this morning and found it to be most encouraging.

  5. I don't think of the Queen much either, sorry your Majesty:)
    We had a great day out with some friends from church at a great was a beautiful sunny winter day!

  6. Love that photo...wasn't she just a beautiful young girl? Sweet. :) How old is she now anyway?

  7. Kathy C. - the dear old Queen is 84 years old, born in 1926.


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