Finding new yummy things is a bit of a moving goal post.
Something that is deemed as delicious one day, is suddenly yuck, and there seems to be no pattern nor rhyme nor reason. It’s incredibly demoralising when you spend time preparing something, that your little stinker thrusts away, or turns their head from with an emphatic ‘NOOO’. I often find if I can get just one tiny taste on his lips, one little smear that he licks, he will change his mind. It’s almost as though it’s a test, rather than an actual dislike……Thankfully, these have had a really long shelf life in my household. From the moment D Man wanted to squish his own food through his chubby little fingers, he’s had versions of this placed into his hand. We’ve seriously left trails of these pikelets, a la Hansel and Gretel, across countless change rooms as I have to bribe D Man into shopping submission with food. Is that bad, or merely a survival tactic? At least it’s vege pikelets and the like and not packets of Twisties, right? That’s a rhetorical question anyway because I don’t share Twisties.
Anyway, the great thing about these is they’re super fast, can be made with just about whatever you have in the fridge and then, they’re portable….not to mention, easy enough for little independent hands to eat, which becomes increasingly important for everyone.
I’ve entitled this version the Three C’s for fairly obvious reasons, carrot, corn and coriander. That said, I’ve been known to throw in spring onion, finely grated zucchini, finely chopped broccoli (super fine), and fetta. I often throw in a tablespoon of LSA (linseed, sunflower and almond meal) for added Omega 3 and protein. If you have it, great, if not, omit….. Once, I got creative and threw in some tuna too, but that kinda got a little funky for D Man. I ate it, though – Probably off the floor after D Man threw it. That’s not really an indication of how amazing it was, though, if we’re totally honest about it. Stick to vegematarian on this one, gang.
I must also issue these with a warning….they are actually delicious for big people too – Which is lucky on those days your toddler decides they hate them. You can roast up some tomatoes, add a dollop of goat’s cheese, some rocket and serve with a side of bacon – Hellooooooo, Sunday morning.
You’ll note that I don’t really season the toddler food. I’m endeavouring to keep him away from salt as he’ll no doubt ingest ocean’s worth when he’s old enough, but he is quite partial to a crack of pepper. Do as you wish.
Yeild : about 8 pikelets
You will need :
- 2 eggs
- 2 big tablespoons self-raising flour, wholemeal, plain whatever you have
- 1 tablespoon natural yoghurt
- 1/2 corn cob, kernels removed
- 1/2 large, or one small carrot, finely grated
- a handful of chopped coriander
- 1 tablespoon LSA
- butter for cooking
Toss all ingredients into a bowl, except the butter, and mix well. Pop a fry pan on the stove and add a little butter. Spoon one tablespoon of your mixture at a time to form little pikelets. Ensure that your vegetables are distributed across the lot, and not only heaped in the middle, for even cooking. You don’t want crispy edges and a soggy eggy centre. Flip when brown, do both sides, and you’re pretty well done!.