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Zucchini fritters

May 10, 2010

I love fritters, especially vegetable fritters. I think that my love of fritters developed when I was a youngin attending the LaFayette Apple Festival in upstate New York. Those apple fritters were amazing!

When I was living in France I had the opportunity to try fritters made with various types of vegetables. I vividly remember a friend’s mother serving pumpkin fritters as an appetizer one Sunday lunch. Pumpkin was in season at the time, and she was all excited to serve this dish for the first time.

Recently, I craved zucchini fritters. So I made them. Here’s an easy recipe I found from the Easy French Food website:

You need:

  • 1 pound of zucchini (My two cents: feel free to substitute a vegetable of your choice)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • oil for frying

Here’s what you do:

1. Shred the zucchini with a food processor (I use a handheld shredder because I don’t have a food processor).

2. Put the zucchini in a big mixing bowl.

3. Stir in the eggs, garlic, flour, salt and pepper and mix until blended. Don’t worry if the batter looks runny– it holds together once it is cooked in hot oil.

4. Heat half an inch of oil in a skillet.

5. Drop the batter by the tablespoon into the oil.

6. Cook the batter until it’s browned– three to four minutes per side.

7. Remove from the oil with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towl.

This makes about 20 fritters. Serve them warm if possible.

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Two awesome restaurants: one in Saugus and one in Framingham

January 18, 2010

I checked out two new restaurants this past weekend: The Pushcart in Saugus and the British Beer Company in Framingham. The Pushcart is actually a new restaurant, while the British Beer Company is just new to me.

Both had excellent food. At The Pushcart I ordered veal and eggplant Parmesan, and also sampled fried cheese, and ravioli in a sun-dried tomato sauce. At the British Beer Company I had haddock in a cracker crust, fingerling potatoes and a squash and zucchini medley.

I also had a Samuel Smith Nut Brown Ale with my fish. Delish!

The cool thing about The Pushcart is it was originally located in the North End, and is named after the pushcarts poor restaurateurs used to sell their food from.

That location closed years ago, and it just opened back up in Saugus.

What I love about the British Beer Company is the restaurant’s British feel. It has dark brown wood, a giant rectangular bar that seats 35 guests, and italicized quotes around the ceiling.

Here’s one of the best quotes: “Bessie Braddock: ‘Sir, you are drunk.’ Churchill: ‘Madam, you are ugly. In the morning, I shall be sober.'”

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