zucchini & pea fritters with feta yoghurt whip

Goooood morning – and I hope that if you are in New Zealand, you are hunkered down somewhere safe and dry as we await the arrival of the ‘biggest storm in 50 years’. Bloody hell – not good timing with people travelling around the country to visit loved ones for Easter…so today’s recipe is my version of sunshine on a cloudy day (thanks Temptations) – with pea and zucchini fritters given an extra kick with chilli, mint and zingy lemon and my favourite – the salty feta smear on the side. Feel free to amp things up with sides – poached eggs, bacon and avocado would all work well with the fresh ripe tomatoes. The recipe serves 2-3 but is really easy to double or triple to feed more.
It’s going to be very much a head down bum up Easter round my place – I am on a mission to get as much work done as I can over the break – and while I will miss my babies (the 6 foot tall ones) desperately, I know that Henry will be like a Pog (pig) in mud in his lovely new flat with the darling Will, and that Hoob will be zooming up to Auckland before too long. Poor darling, his bloody incessant cough is back and worse than ever…I hate not having him here to uber-mother with hot baths, lemon honey drinks and scrambled eggs on a tray. It sucks. Meanwhile I will annoy the crap out of him with messages and be hoping that he feels better very soon.
Sending a big Happy Easter to everyone who pops in here on a regular basis – and if you get bored over the next few days, check back in and I’ll be sharing a selection (reminder) of some of my favourite recipes and recommendations to give a whirl while you’re stuck indoors ๐Ÿ™‚

….and oh my God I totally got – 40 days of yoga in a row – done – wooooooohoooo, it was bloody fabulous!

1 egg
2 zucchini, grated
ยพ cup frozen peas
finely grated zest of 1 lemon
ยฝ teaspoon chilli flakes plus extra to garnish
ยผ cup ricotta
3 tablespoons self-raising flour
2 tablespoons olive oil
100 grams feta
60 grams Greek-style natural yoghurt or soft cream cheese
1ยฝ cups salad greens
1 cup chopped cherry tomatoes
ยผ cup mint leaves
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Whisk the egg in a medium bowl and add the zucchini, peas, zest, chilli flakes and ricotta. Stir to combine, then add the flour and fold together. Season well with salt and pepper. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat and cook third cupfuls of the mixture, in batches, for 2โ€“3 minutes each side, until golden. While theyโ€™re cooking, whiz the feta and yoghurt in a small food processor to create a soft spread. Drain the fritters on paper towels and serve immediately on salad greens, topped with feta spread, tomatoes and mint. Serves 2-3


  1. Yum …just made these and they were delicious, thank you! A couple of adaptions due to lack of peas…used baby spinach leaf from the garden and red onion.

  2. Hi ! I have a silly question : how do you flip them in the pan ?? I guess I had a problem because my fritters turned out like a kind of puree in the pan, they remained soft and kind of puree-ish … never became crispy and hard enough to flip them. The consistency stayed bad, they couldn't keep together as a fritter (sorry, i am french and my english is not that good). Any ides what happened ?? Thanks for your help

  3. Hmm that's strange! The texture of the grated zucchini means that they should never be like a puree – did you use a food processor to mix them or by hand? The other thing that helps when making fritters is making sure the pan is hot enough so that they form a crust/seal. I really hope this helps as I can't quite imagine why they were like a puree… Thank you so much for getting in touch! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Well, the taste was soooo good, I had to try them again so I've changed some things (thanks for your help!!) : once grated, I've put the zucchinis in a colander with a little bit of salt for 15mn and pressed them to remove all the water ! Much better for the texture :). Also, as you told me to, I've waited till the oil (I've put more in the pan to fry) is super hot so it creates a crust immediatly. Well, this time …. BIG SUCCESS !!! Yayyyyyyy thank you

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