A lot of people ask me why we chose to live in Lelystad (well, they usually word it more like “why on earth did you move to Lelystad??). But it’s really very simple. I work near Amsterdam in the south, and Meneer Prins works in his home town of Steenwijk up north. If you look at a map of The Netherlands, then you can clearly see that Lelystad is smack bang in the middle.
What we forgot to consider is that there is a lot more traffic heading to Amsterdam in the morning than heading up north to Steenwijk. But that’s another matter …
The down side of living here is that all our friends and family live somewhere else, which means we spend a lot of our lives in the car. The plus side, is that we get a fair amount of people staying overnight on their way to somewhere, or simply popping in for a visit to break up the drive. So last weekend, while they were on their way home from the airport, we were able to host a couple of my in-laws for Sunday brunch. And of course, me being me, I jumped at the opportunity to be able to cook for them.
I’ve always been a big brunch fan, and especially on a lazy Sunday morning. I think it’s embedded into me after growing up in Wellington, New Zealand, where brunch is a popular time to go out to a cafe, and where they serve the yummiest foods like pancakes, french toast, and yes you guessed it, corn fritters.
My favorite corn fritter recipe comes from Jo Seagar’s cookbook “It’s Easier Than You Think” (why oh why is this only available in New Zealand?). The batter is reasonably thin, which produces a flatter and crunchier fritter. The grated courgette/zucchini gives the fritter a wonderful moistness and colour, while the mint adds a fresh bite that compliments the accompanying sweet thai chili sauce and sour cream (or creme fraiche if you are in the Netherlands). If you are cooking these for a group of people then you can pop the cooked fritters (layered between paper towels) in the oven at a low temperature and on an oven proof plate.
The perfect Sunday brunch.