As you many of you know, while this blog remains vegetarian, I am not. My kitchen is strictly vegetarian but my restaurant menu choices are not necessarily so. As my personal beliefs, while I do believe people should eat less meat and I am completely against animal cruelty, I do not have strict ethical code against occasionally eating meat and seafood. At first I was extremely uncomfortable with this idea. I had this grave fear that readers would find out my address, bang on the door in 3 am with sharp kitchen knives and aprons with slogans like “Imposter”, “Fraud” and “Wanna-Be”. Alright, so maybe I am projecting and maybe I got carried away…a bit. But the truth is, as much as I respect my readers, my boyfriend and everyone else’s eating habits, people need to respect mine and I have to come to terms with that.
On the upside, I am happy to be able to bring the omnivores flavors into the herbivorous taste pallet and, conversely break the cruel vegetarian myths to all those carnivores out there. And while we are on the subject, here is today’s myth: all vegetarian food is healthy. While I do wish this was the case, it sadly is not. While vegetarians attempt to stay food conscious, we cannot help but indulge in the bad food that tastes so unbelievably good.
This little baby proves my case. One day I found myself glued to an videos of Australian chef Anna Gare. I know we have about a million TV chefs in this country but she was so lively and funny. I could not stop watching and drooling over the food. In one particular episode, Anna made Corn Pea and Cauliflower fritters or basically, deep fried vegetable goodness. Now, normally I would hold back but this time I could not handle it. I couldn’t care how much oil I was using, this stuff was so delicious on so many levels. So, what’s the moral of the story boys and girls? Vegetarian or not, everyone deserves to be bad sometimes and enjoy the comforts of delicious, not so well for you food. So why not indulge yourself in this little badness of joy.
Fritters frying in my pan. Look at the lovely oil frying. MMMM
- 1/3 cup Ricotta
- 2 separated Eggs
- 1 Pinch of Salt
- 1 teaspoon Sugar
- 2 tablespoons melted Butter plus butter for frying
- 2 tablespoons Flour
- 1 cup of frozen peas and corn
- 1 cup cauliflower blanched and finely chopped
- 6 tablespoons grated cheddar cheese
- Separate the eggs. In a small bowl, beat the egg whites until they are at their soft peak. Set aside.
- In another large mixing bowl, add the ricotta, egg yolks, sugar, salt & butter. Beat together until the mixture blends together.
- Fold in flour to the mixture.
- Add the vegetables to the mixture, folding it over carefully.
- Add the cheese and mix all together.
- Add the beaten egg whites to the mixture and fold over carefully.
- Lightly butter non-stick pan, put on med- low heat and fry a few minutes on each side until golden.