27 February 2020 – Fritter Thursday

Today I made fritters, it being the delightfully named Fritter Thursday, or Fruttors Thursday. Traditionally, they’re usually stuffed with currants, but I didn’t have any. So I used the recipe in the February section of my Almanac – pear, apple and rosemary fritters. 

I can’t say I was looking forward to deep fat frying at 8:30 in the morning, but I got over myself and heated up the wok. And to be honest, there’s not much to say other than they were dead easy to make. Grate the apple and the pear, douse them in lemon juice, wring out the moisture, add a bit of flour, lemon zest and rosemary (I skipped adding the sugar as I couldn’t see the need), shape into a ball, drop into the hot fat, fry until golden, eat when they’re cool enough not to give you third degree burns, and Bob’s your lobster. Obviously, I’ve executed some quality control and I can confirm that a fritter for breakfast is an excellent way to start the day. Just don’t tell my doctor.

Today is also called Clerk Thursday, a day for students to overthrow the system and lock their teachers out of the classrooms until their demands for a day off are met. Not that I want to give anyone any ideas or anything…


Resources

Cooper, Q. and Sullivan, P. (1994) Maypoles, Martyrs & Mayhem: 366 Days of British Myths, Customs & Eccentricities, London, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Leendertz, L. (2019) The Almanac, A Seasonal Guide to 2020, London, Mitchell Beazley

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