For many months, I’ve been meaning to visit my cousin’s grandparents at their new apartment. My cousin told me how exquisite it was and I’ve heard nothing, but good things about it. Still, I never understand the fuss they were making. Over the past few weeks my cousin was actually staying there so it was the perfect opportunity to drift on over.
It was a Saturday morning and the weather was quite nice. When I arrived at the apartment, my cousin took me up. I immediately noticed the modern accents – lots of concrete and stone surfaces. We went through a few elevators and at the final stop, I was expecting for the doors to lead us into an entrance hall, but that was not the case. The doors took us directly into their home. But that wasn’t the part that put me in shock – the apartment itself was. Imagine this: a completely open floor plan filled with art deco furniture and imported cloths, cushions, and carpet. The sunlight lit up the entire space and illuminated all the lacquered surfaces. The kitchen was one I have never seen in my life… The counter tops were made of this beautiful green marble, covered with glass vases and jars of exotic colors. Behind that was this glass room filled with what looked like hundreds of plants hanging in baskets and pots. Anyway, by the end of the day, I was so overwhelmed and saturated with this new way of living that I couldn’t even think about cooking. It was probably one of the best days of my life though it took me while to get used to normality again.
So before I decide to move out or something, let me tell you about my delicious creation thereafter: mini zucchini cakes.
I never really liked zucchini (or courgettes) as a child. I always thought they were bitter until today when I transformed them into these amazing cakes. They’re made with grated zucchinis, onion, feta cheese, and oregano (plus a few other binding ingredients). They are perfect served as a side or main dish to any Mediterranean style meal.
Mini Zucchini Cakes
Makes about 15 courgette cakes
- 1kg grated courgettes
- 2 grated red onions
- 250g crumbled feta cheese
- 2 cups plain flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 4 eggs
- 2 tsp chopped oregano
- 2 tsp sea salt
- A little olive oil for frying
Place the grated zucchinis in a clean tea towel or cloth and squeeze to remove any liquid.
Place all of your ingredients (excluding the oil for frying) into a large mixing bowl and mix together until incorporated.
Place a frying pan over low to medium heat. Drizzle a little olive oil in the pan and leave to heat.
Spoon a heaped tablespoon of the batter into the pan and flatten out slightly. Cook on each side for about 2-3 minutes. Remove from the pan and taste to test the flavor. Add necessary seasoning to the batter to your liking.
Continue cooking the cakes until all of the batter is used. You will need to do this in stages. I managed to cook three at a time in my pan.
Once all cooked, serve.