Cookbook Thrown Out to the Window for Final COVID Cook-Off Week

Cavoodle Sandwich pic courtesy Rachel Habben.


The BRHS COVID Cook Off was the good vibe surprise smash hit of the pandemic.

Congratulations to our very own PHEW crew for putting it together, and to all the intrepid cooks and aspiring chefs for cooking up a storm and submitting so many great recipes.

Like all good things, it must come to an end, and this past week was the cook off finale.

For the final week we let the pony have his head – loosening the reins on culinary creativity and inviting participants to get inventive with their own recipe.

To adjudicate this week’s winner, we called on the expertise of BRHS Cook Laura Akkerman.

“The winner of this week’s All Invention challenge is Julie Lawrence for her Innovation Fritters,” Laura writes. (Julie is BRHS’ Innovation Advisor, so this makes a lot of sense…)

“Looks absolutely smashing. I love your natural ability to be resourceful in creating this fritter recipe.  This dish is quick and easy to prepare, cost effective and looks appealing to the eye. All your ‘bits of this and bits of that’ sound yummo! Fabulous.”

Here’s Julie’s recipe for Innovation Fritters.

  • 1 packet of forgotten baby spinach and rocket leaves.
  • 3/4 can opened corn kernels
  • 3/4 unused salad onion
  • Bits of feta left over from weekend picnic
  • The remains of a bag of frozen peas in the freezer
  • 4 small garlic cloves lost at the bottom of the potato drawer
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup cornflour

Stick the spinach/rocket, onion and garlic in a blender until all chopped up.

Throw it all in a mixing bowl with salt and pepper.

(Secret to crispy fritter is less batter.)

Lots of stirring, and lightly fry spoonfulls of mixture in a non-stick pan with olive oil spray.

Laura also gave a shout out to Margaret Lilly’s Green Smoothie.

“Your recipe sounds delicious, looks fabulous, great colour, so fresh and full of nutrition,” she said.

Laura added her thanks and appreciation to all the COVID Cooks and organisers.

“How great it’s been to be a part of this exciting, fun and sometimes challenging event,” she said. “It’s taken us on a food journey that we can reflect on and use over again.”

Stay tuned to the BRHS Blog for a recap of all the COVID Cook Off winners later this week.