Food for a heatwave... Zucchini fritters with dill & Cacik

By Ms.Gourmet on February 2, 2009 7:19 AM
At the risk of sounding like a broken record (that's if anyone can remember what a record is) it's been really hot here in Melbourne - stupid hot to be precise! The last couple of days have been insanely hot with the temperature peaking at a scorching 45.1C. Too hot to go to the beach or play in the pool, we have been trapped indoors for the better part of last week and have started to go slightly bonkers as a result. Hence, the term 'cabin fever' has a completely different meaning in our house.

As the heatwave peaked mid-last week every domestic household and commercial establishment across the state of Victoria sucked the power grid in exacerbated desperation.  Thus my fears were realised late Friday afternoon when our entire suburb lost all power and we were left to frazzle. Thank heavens for my reliable neighbour who was in the same situation. Solution - go round to her house and let the kids go feral while we drank until our 'inner calm' (and the power) returned.


Consequently, cooking under these extreme conditions became a bit of a challenge last week as I found myself developing a phobic attitude towards the oven. Just looking at it set my anxiety levels through the roof as the last thing I wanted to do was make the house hotter than it already was. Even barbequing proved a problematic - I mean you try standing out on the decking when its 40C+.

So what do you cook and eat when you are in the midst of a heatwave, obviously things that require little or no heat to prepare. And so for the past week we have been munching on lots of salads, fruit, icypoles, more salads and the occasional frittata. For a change the other night we had zucchini fritters with dill and cacik with a little too much bread and way too much wine for that matter - but hey we're in the midst of a heatwave.

heatwave4.jpgZucchini fritters with dill

Recipe source - Greg & Lucy Malouf 'Turquoise' (2007)

These fritters are delicious and are best served straight from the pan with a wedge of lemon and a dollop of Cacik, which is a yoghurt based sauce. Great summer food and fantastic for a Melbourne heat wave.


600grms zucchini

1 onion grated

1 clove of garlic fined chopped

100grms fetta crumbled

¼ cup of finely chopped dill

2 tbls pf finely chopped flat leaf parsley

2 organic eggs well beaten

1/3 cup of plain flour

2 tbls of rice flour

Sea salt & freshly ground black pepper

Olive oil


1. Grate the zucchini coarsely and put into a colander. Lightly sprinkle with sea salt and toss, then leave for 20 minutes to drain.

2. Squeeze the zucchini to extract as much liquid as possible

3. Mix the zucchini with the onion, garlic, fetta, herbs and egg in a large bowl. Add flours and season with pepper and stir to combine.

4. Heat a little olive oil in a non stick pan over medium heat until sizzling. Drop small tablespoons of batter into the hot oil and flatten gently. Cook for two minutes on each side until golden brown

5. Drain on kitchen paper and serve while hot with a wedge of lemon and dollop of Cacik (refer to next recipe).

Makes 16



Recipe source - Greg & Lucy Malouf 'Turquoise' (2007)

In Turkey Cacik is often served as an accompaniment to savoury pastries, meat or rice dishes.  I like to use natural yogurt as I prefer a runny consistency. If you prefer it thicker then use a Greek style or tub set yogurt instead.


500grms of natural yogurt

2 Lebanese cucumbers seeded and finely grated

1 clove of garlic finely minced

1/3 cup of finely chopped dill

1 teaspoon dried mint

Squeeze of lemon

Sea salt


1. To the yogurt add finely minced garlic, grated cucumber and herbs and combine gently.

2. Season with salt and lemon juice to taste and chill until ready to serve.


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