Once you have moved to a country that boasts outdoor living, it is really hard to admit that for a few months of the year, the living is best kept inside, where there are fires and a distinct lack of Antarctic winds.
The children, being 50% mule and 50% whirling dervish, are even more reluctant to give up on the idea of eating at the beach. That is, right up until the point where we are eating on the beach and they realise that we weren't lying about the Antarctic winds.
And so it came to pass, after several abortive attempts to soldier through a winter beach picnic that we introduced our children to The Carpet Picnic.
Spontaneous, chaotic, and messy as hell, we are creating an awesome new family tradition filled with serve yourself noms in the form of Sweetcorn Fritters.
If you haven't come across these before I seriously suggest you give them a try. They are about as easy and as tasty as picnic food can get and as you can see, mama can't even get a photo before there are sticky little fingers attacking from all sides.
100g plain flour
1tsp baking powder
198g can sweetcorn
Sift the flour and baking powder into a large bowl. Make a well in the centre, add an egg and gradually beat in milk to form a smooth batter.
Drain a can of sweetcorn, pat dry, then add to the batter mix.
Add some oil to a frying pan. Once hot, fry spoonfuls of mixture for about 2 mins each side until golden and crisp on each side.