In my daily trawls (some might call it stalking) of food blogs I'm often coming across irresistable flashes of culinary inspiration that awaken the domestic goddess within and inspire me to try my hand at duplicating these gastronomic delights. Mind you, nothing too complex for this low-maintenance cook wanna-be. Below are two blog-pilfered recipes which had me drooling enough to get off the couch and start cookin'. It was also quite fortunate that I happened to have on hand many of the pivotal ingredients.
# 1: Sweet corn fritters
I've come across quite a few posts that extoll the virtues of these Bill Granger-designed (Is designed the right word?) morsels. Being a popular item on the breakfast menu at Bill's restaurants in Sydney, you may also find the recipe in his cookbook bill's food. I got the recipe off Ange's blog (though sadly sans bacon) but you can also find it here, here and here. Not having ventured to any of his restaurants myself, I thought the next best thing would be trying to make these myself. Well, I am happy to confirm that these little beauties were very tasty indeed. The only modification I made to the original recipe was to use potato flour. Why? Because I bought it once for who knows what reason and finding it in my pantry there and then seemed good enough to use it (!). Also I added some lime juice to the mixture as I felt the batter needed further tang than the lemon could provide. Plus lime and coriander seem to go nicely together.
#2: Butternut pumpkin risotto
Next up, I pilfered this recipe off Matt from Abstract Gourmet, who also had the inspired idea to garnish the dish with chorizo flakes (Holy Moly!!!). Alas I didn't follow suit (believe me, I'm not knocking this brilliant idea in the least), only because I got the ridiculous urge to cook this during ABC's Lateline and I wasn't keen to do anything too complicated at that hour. Anyway, it turned out superb and I reckon it is highly likely to to make a repeat appearance in my regular cooking rotation. You can find the recipe here. The only modification I made to the original was to add a sprinkle of nutmeg as it seemed to be an apt accompaniment to the creamy flavours of the dish. Also my mini-blender seemed somewhat useless at pureeing pumpking flesh (I know!) so my risotto didn't have that lovely homogenous yellow hue to it as Matt's did. Nevertheless, it was still a mightily tasty dish in the end. I heartily recommend you give it a whirl too!