Even after all these years, I'm still amazed at the amount of time we spend planning and organizing for the holidays when it seems to be over in a flash. Children open everything so quickly, even when you try to slow them down. Mine are now adults, so we take turns opening, but you just can't do that when they're younger. As it was, we barely got them through brunch, they were in such a rush to get back to playing. Food? No time for food.
But then I've always loved the planning part....the organizing, the decorating, the cooking, finding surprises for everyone. No doubt there were times when my kids were really little that the mass confusion pre-Christmas wasn't quite so much fun, but I always remember enjoying the preparations.
We had adults only chez moi this year; my Michigan kids decided to stay north as it's my granddaughter's first year in college and she wanted to be home to see her old high school friends. This was also, at 4 years old, my grandson's first year to understand what Christmas is all about. I was sorry to miss that. But they have their own traditions to make.
My NY daughter was here, so this year we kicked back and took our time enjoying every minute. Not always easy....my Florida son works nights in the ER, so he comes right from work for our gift-opening and brunch, and he's exhausted. Then he goes home, sleeps and comes back around 6 for dinner. Not always the case. He's always here for Santa, but if he has to work that night, he misses Christmas dinner. Luckily, this year he got Christmas Day off. I am so grateful to all our emergency services people who are working holidays, while we enjoy ourselves. The ER, no matter the day or time, must deal with patients who are hurting, panicked and worried. I am in awe of people like my son David and so proud of him.
Fortunately, this year, we were able to reward him with our traditional Christmas brunch, our love for him (and each other) always there in the background and then, later that evening, a lovely dinner....together.
Now that the wrappings are all stowed away, we are perusing our new books, trying to figure out various electronics, admiring new clothes and polishing off leftovers, I often feel the need for quick and light dinners the week following Christmas. Company is still here and we do have to eat, after all. Faith from An Edible Mosaic came up with the perfect answer. It seems like a summer dish, but you can adapt the recipe no matter where you live. I increased the corn (use frozen corn if you need to) and use any veggies you want, but it was perfect just the way Faith made it.
Thank you Faith! I've been making it on a regular basis!
Ever so slightly adapted from An Edible Mosaic
1 medium zucchini, diced small (about 2 c diced)
2-3 ears cooked corn, cut of the cob (about 1 cup corn or more and you can use frozen)
3 spring onions (white and green parts), thinly sliced (reserve 2 TB of the thinly sliced green parts)
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 large eggs, beaten
1/2 cup sour cream (or use low-fat)
1/4 cup plain yogurt ( I use Fage, and low-fat if you prefer)
1/4 tsp seasoning salt
Canola oil ( I used a tiny bit of butter and olive oil)
Preheat the oven to 200F.
In a small bowl, toss together the zucchini, corn, spring onions, flour, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp pepper. Stir in the beaten eggs just until combined.
Pour enough oil into a large skillet to generously coat the bottom. Heat the skillet over medium to medium-high heat, then drop the vegetable batter by the rounded tablespoonful into the hot oil and cook until golden brown on both sides, flipping once (about 5 minutes per side). Turn the heat down if the fritters start to brown too quickly.
Once the fritters are cooked, transfer them to a paper towel-lined plate to drain any excess oil, then transfer them to a baking sheet and keep them in warm the oven until all the fritters are made. Repeat this process until all the batter is gone.
In a small bowl, combine the sour cream, yogurt, seasoned salt, and 1 TB sliced spring onion greens.
Serve the fritters garnished with the sour cream mixture and the remaining 1 TB of sliced spring onion greens.
Serves 4 as a side dish or 2 as a main.
Those are great fritters!ReplyDelete
I hope you had a wonderful Xmas!
Sounds like it was a very nice Christmas!ReplyDelete
Barbara those fritters look wonderful. Sounds like you had a great Christmas. I like all the organizing too. I keep all my lists handy and it seems like all goes pretty smoothly. Hopefully you'll receive lots of photos from the family members that weren't able to make it.ReplyDelete
Wow these look really good I will be giving them a try soon. I am happy that some of your family got to spend time there (though given the choice of Michigan and Florida...). But you are right I am sure he has traditions to make.ReplyDelete
Our Christmas unwrapping took about 20 minutes of pure Joy!
Oh, those fritters sound great!ReplyDelete
We have started opening our gifts on Christmas Eve, and that goes slowly, even with just the two of us. The fur-girls always have a special chew so they'll wander off and leave us to open gifts in peace...
Now, at my sister's - Christmas night - it's another story. We don't have little anymore either. My nephew is 22, and even BIL's girlfriend's daughter is a VERY mature 12.
And we have a white Christmas. It means postponing Christmas at the farm, but that's okay too.
You do seem to find perfect matches for all occasions... I am a little stuffed with leftovers... a new veggi dish would be a welcome change.ReplyDelete
I must say, even with a room full of adults.. it is still pandemonium as the wrapping paper shreds fly... people are still children at Christmas!
Looks great! Faith has such great recipes!ReplyDelete
Sounds like a very lovely Christmas, and you should be very proud of your son, I am in awe of the folks who could do that kind of work, day in and day out!
We must be grateful to all these people who sacrifice their holidays to help people in need. Faith has beautiful recipes. These fritters remind me of summer which I expect eagerly.ReplyDelete
I love fritters and vegetable fritters sound truly great at this time of year...fingerlicking good!ReplyDelete
these fritters look yummy to meReplyDelete
I wish a very happy season holiday!!
First off--a tip of the hat to David and those like him who are so important to our well-being all the time. Thanks!ReplyDelete
I have to agree that I find all of the pre-Christmas hunting, gathering and preparing the highlight for me. When the children were little, their excitement was wonderful. Now that they are older, it is a more relaxed time. This year, they spent Christmas on opposite coasts in their own homes. We missed them but had a nice time with dear friends.
I am thinking this recipe will be a good change for us this coming week--maybe with an egg on top since I thought that's what you had done at first glance.
Those vegetable fritters sound wonderful after a week of indulgences. :) So glad you had a wonderful Christmas!ReplyDelete
It's so hard when our families don't all live close, isn't it? We were lucky this year to get to see everyone but it involved lots of driving! Sounds like you had a great Christmas!ReplyDelete
These fritters look so delicious!
Sounds like you had a fabulous Christmas, Barbara, & those fritters look delicious! Cheers to your son, David, too for the very important work he does - how wonderful he was able to be with you this year for Christmas dinner.ReplyDelete
Barbara this is so wonderful! Thanks to Faith!ReplyDelete
Happiest of Holidays & All the Best in the New Year!
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Veggie fritters look tempting!ReplyDelete
What a beautiful post, Barbara! Sounds like you had a Christmas filled with love and happiness, which is the best one can wish for.ReplyDelete
Happy holidays dear Barbara! It sounds and looks like you all enjoyed a wonderful time together and I hope there is more to come. My family would love these fritters. I was also amazed at how quickly it was all over but to be honest, the planning part is my favourite too. Christmas Eve is so lovely with everything still to come and I wish time could stand still a moment to savour it longer.ReplyDelete
Im glad you had a lovely Christmas!! These fritters look absolutely yummy!! x gloriaReplyDelete
So glad to hear that your Christmas was wonderful and that you got to spend it with those you love. THe fritters look fantastic. I love Faith's blog, all her food looks so delicious.ReplyDelete
Thank you so much for your sweet words, I'm so glad you liked the fritters, Barbara!ReplyDelete
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! I completely agree, there's so much preparation and anticipation for the holidays, and then the actual day itself is gone in a flash. At least we still have this festive week before New Year's, right? :)
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Happy New Year!
Ooh these look like the perfect party app! Then again, I'd also like to make them for myself and eat a whole platter of them :)ReplyDelete
You are right, there is a lot of planning and preparation that is dedicated to making one day special, and in a fell swoop, it's gone. It sounds like this Christmas was quite special, and all the work was worth it, if only to make your loved ones happy.ReplyDelete
These veggie fritters look delicious!
i totally agree! 'wow,' i think to myself, 'can it really be over already?' the answer, sadly, is yes!ReplyDelete
fritters are magical. the end. :)
Glad that you had a lovely Christmas and sometimes it is not always easy to be all together.
These fritters sound yummy and a good way to use up leftovers.
Wishing you and yours the peace and magic of the season.
Happy holidays and thanks for your friendship.
What a lovely post, Barbara. I loved reading about your family, and learning a little about your children. I'm so grateful for people like your son who work in ER, and I'm glad he was able to have Christmas Day off this year.ReplyDelete
Faith's vegetable fritter recipe looks really good. A great idea for brunch.ReplyDelete
Merry Christmas to you and your family. It's so hard to get everyone together, in the same spot, at the same time. No doubt, the family warmth and the food was amazing.
Happy New Year! Looking forward to your blog posts next year!
BARBARA!!!! It was delightful to read you holiday experience! Oh, ours was as quiet as always since we have no children, and our families are scattered all over the U.S., with my parents being deceased. No siblings for me, but my husband's are in New Hampshire, Southern and Northern California and New Jersey! But we have made our own traditions and a fine turkey was enjoyed. Guess what we had for an apértif....CHOCOLATE WINE from the Netherlands! That was SO GOOD!ReplyDelete
Thank you Barbara for coming over; so many people seem to still be visiting away from home. I wish you much happiness in 2011 and also to see what you will be cooking up! Those fritters look fabulous! Anita
I feel like the way you do too, Barbara. There is so much build up & festivity for just a day and a half of celebration really. I remember feeling so let down at this time as a child too.ReplyDelete
Anyway, these are wonderful! I'm totally making them. They remind me of the beet latkes I just made-so good. I've found I really like veggies mixed with eggs & such and then FRIED-yum (smile)...!
Hope you have a really happy new year, Barbara.
oh these look so wonderful, i love the colors throughout the fritter. happy holidays!ReplyDelete
Now this is a vegetable recipe that I could love! It looks crispy and delicious!ReplyDelete
I really love the sound of these. And you are so right, we all could use some lighter fare after the holiday indulgences! Happy new year!ReplyDelete
Lovely family post for this Christmas season. I am so glad to be back just in time for Christmas with my family...on Christmas late evening...phew! I'm thankful that my flight was not cancelled. Love the fritters. I always have it dipped in chilli sauce. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.ReplyDelete
Merry Christmas wow you have 4 kids? bet your a fab Mum pleased your daughter and son came to FL and love the vegetable frittersReplyDelete
Have an amazing 2011
I wish I could tap into the amazing energy my grandchildren have on Christmas morning. I love the excitement and anticipation that we all feel as we wait for the big day. My favorite part is sitting at the table with family and enjoying our holiday meal together. It sounds like you had a very special day with your family, Barbara.ReplyDelete
Happy New Year to you all.
Lighter meals after the feasting are always welcome, and I love this mix of veggies. Fritters are hard to resist, and these look like great ones!ReplyDelete
It does sound like your Christmas was enjoyed by all. How nice you were able to make accommodations for your son. Your vegetable fritters sound like a perfect light meal. I hope you are able to enjoy the remainder of the holiday with your family. Blessings...MaryReplyDelete
It is bittersweet when things change. You are happy for your family to make new traditions for their families but sad things aren't quite the same. For the first time in over 20 years I did not have the family for Christmas dinner. My daughter and her husband had us all!ReplyDelete
I love zucchini fritters but never thought of adding corn. These sounds wonderful!
Happy New Year, Barbara!
What a beautiful read, Barbara!ReplyDelete
Than you for sharing your thoughts with me today. It is really all about the family, isn't it? I savour this week, too. Our holiday starts with our dinner on Christmas eve and for me continues through the week as I reconnect with friends and family and relax and just take the time to enjoy the relationships of those we love. But, I am on holidays throughout the week, so I can do that. I love that.
And, you give books, too! That is a tradition I have kept with my family since the children were born. I love to see them reading in the afternoons - still, now that they are grown. My family is much smaller than yours. Two daughters. My parents, both 80, are close by. My one sister is here, too... one of my daughters is an OT in Palo Alto, and I am so thankful that she would think of no where else to be (for now) and flies home every year. That will soon change, too, as I am catching a whiff of a marriage on the horizon. But, the season will always be one of love and time and preparations. (I am like you. I love the preparations and anticipation! - like, years ago - getting ready for a hot date... that was so much fun, too!)
Happy New Year to you and your family!
I cannot wait to see how you bring it in!
I am so glad that you and your family had a wonderful Christmas. The vegetable fritters look divine. I am copying the recipe to make later. Have a Happy New Year!ReplyDelete
I love fritters and the more veggies the better! These look scrumptious. Happy holidays to you !ReplyDelete
Those fritters look amazing. I might cheat and shred some sharp cheddar on top of the sour cream, too, if that's alright by you (and Faith!)ReplyDelete
Christmas is always over too soon. It's such a season of build-up and then... it's over. I wish we could make it last 12 days like the song!
I'm glad you had a good holiday and I'm wishing you a very wonderful New Year, Barbara!
Yummy looking fritters! Hope you are having a great holiday season, Happy New Year!ReplyDelete
Those fritters look delicious!!!! Happy new year,Barbara!ReplyDelete
I am just loving those fritters!! I will have to thank Faith for that wonderful recipe!
Thank you so much for sharing it with us!
Those sound so good. I haven't tried to make vegetable fritters yet. I think this may be the year.ReplyDelete
I made these, when I saw them on Faith's blog and yes, they were good. I love the egg on top. If anything could make these better, that could. I have to try them again. Thanks for the motivation.ReplyDelete
Sounds like you had a lovely Christmas with (most) of your family at home. It really is about family isn't it? No matter how large or small. My little ones are still at that bright-eyed excited stage and Christmas morning was a blur of wrapping paper and squeals of surprise. I love it :)ReplyDelete
Those vege fritters are perfect for us at the moment, and I love corn. Thanks for sharing!