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I can just picture Karen reading this recipe to me with her lovely English accent. That’s why I had such a ball perusing through her blog Lavender and Lovage for Secret Recipe Club this month! As you can imagine, it was very difficult to choose just one recipe to make. Since it is the new year and all, I figured I would give one of her 5:2 Diet recipes a go. The fact that she could make FRITTERS a diet food was amazing to me. The trick is not frying them in loads of oil. Regardless, they definitely do not lack in flavor, that’s for sure. Each bite is filled with the crunch of sweet corn and a little kick of that chili pepper. I used scallions in mine since they are more readily available to me and they added a nice subtle onion flavor. Overall I consider this a great vegetarian meal that comes together in no time at all. You can serve it with a salad on the side to keep your calorie count low. You know what else might be cool? Making them bite-size and serving them as little apps for a party!

One thing to note: you will notice that two of the measurements are in grams which you can either convert or just use a kitchen scale if you have it. It actually makes things a lot easier to measure that way because you can do it all in one bowl with no measuring cups or anything. That’s just one more reason why this is an amazing weeknight dinner idea.


Wild Garlic and Chili Corn Fritters (adapted from Lavender and Lovage)


  • 1 can corn, drained
  • 50g flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 50g wild garlic or scallions, diced
  • 1 red chili pepper, finely diced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Cooking Spray
  • Sriracha, for serving (optional)


  1. Mix the corn, flour, eggs, diced wild garlic and chili together in a mixing bowl and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  2. Spray cooking spray on the bottom of a large nonstick frying pan over medium high heat.
  3. Spoon in the sweetcorn mixture, you can make 4 small fritters per person or two large ones. (The mixture serves 4 people and 4 small fritters or 2 large fritters is 185 calories per person)
  4. Fry for about 3 to 4 minutes on one side until the fritters start to puff up, then turn them over carefully and fry for a further 2 to 3 minutes until golden brown and set. Serve immediately.

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One Response so far.

  1. Karen says:

    Wow! Thanks so much for the lovely write up and for making one of my favourite diet recipes too! They look amazing and I am so chuffed, said in an English accent, that you liked these little fritters! Karen

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