For those of you who joined in the trials and tribulations of building our own kitchen, then said nice things to me when I completely lost the plot while we built our dining room, you will be pleased to hear that we have moved on to the next project; the living room.

Thankfully, this time, there is the ability to close the door on the absolute chaos therein, so this time my marbles remain intact.

So far.

I mean, I was the one in charge of the hammer drill, and cracked my way through two layers of concrete to get to the soil over the weekend, and I didn't even cry once.

Well, I sort of nearly did on Monday morning when my alarm went off at very early o'clock and I had to finish it all before 10am, but that was mostly because I was so physically exhausted I couldn't really move my arms or legs, and it was only nearly crying, and Mr P made me some coffee and I ploughed through, so marbles definitely intact.

Or so I thought.

Then I started looking at TVs, and housing for same, and where the hell they go.

Because there is not one aspirational photo of a standard 1930s semi-detached house in the suburbs that has a sodding tellyvision in it so I don't know where the hell the thing is supposed to go.

I thought I had figured out a compromise, albeit one that involved spending the best part of a grand on some designer tellyvision or other, then Mr P informed me that we don't just need a tellyvision, we need SIX FECKING SPEAKERS, and then I realised I could probably spend the best part of a grand on a tellyvision and have a repeat of the set-up in our last house whereby it took three remote controls, a solid five minutes and an honours degree in electrical engineering just to watch the news.

I mean, with all this DIY, people cross-reference Grand Designs and stuff to me all the time and it is completely lost on me BECAUSE I DO NOT HAVE A NORMAL PERSON TELLYVISION.

So I lie, maybe some marbles are lost already.

Anyway, while I was huffing and puffing with Mr P over centre speakers and threatening to put our house on the market and buy a new build and a giant TV to put on the wall, I made these fritters.

And, they were actually really good.

So i thought I'd spend some time on the internet not getting the rage at Instagram and Pinterest and the complete lack of TVs in any of the pretty pictures and share the recipe.

(especially the ones where they talk about bribing the kids with TV at the weekend or something and I scroll through three solid years of posts and can't find one anywhere and I'm like 'DID YOU HAVE TO BRIDE THE KIDS TO REMOVE THE JO MALONE CANDLES AND POSIES OF PEONYS FIRST BECAUSE I CANNOT SEE A TV ANYWHERE IN YOUR PICTURE PERFECT WHITE HOUSE, GIRLFRIEND)

I really hope you enjoy it.

Although if you are doing that in front of the tellyvision, it is probably best not to tag me in the post.



Take some sweet potatoes. 

As always with sweet potato recipes, I weighed these because those things come in all the shapes and sizes.

Unlike TV units.



Peel them.


And grate them.


Put the sweet potato into a bowl with some curry powder.


Add two eggs. 

I really know you should probably whisk the eggs separately and all, but I just crack them on it there and mix well, because life is short and I am lazy.

Or spending too much time thinking about living room layouts.



Add a generous pinch of salt.

This tiny little porcelain spoon came with some salt I got in Ibiza and I adore it, but then I found out that the looky looky men in Ibiza sell tiny little spoons to weigh out cocaine without using scales and I really hope that by liking aforementioned salt with tiny little spoon, I am not buying into some international life of crime or anything.


Mix well.


Form the mixture into four patties.


Cover the bottom of a frying pan with oil, and place over a medium heat.


Fry your patties for 4 minutes on each side, being careful not to flip them over too much.

They fall apart if you do that and it is not pretty so do resist the urge to poke.

Make a salad, or do the dishes or something or argue with your husband about centre speakers.

Or something.


Drain and serve, with salad and a fried egg.



Spiced sweet potato fritters

Serves 2. Cooking time 15 minutes.

  • 600g sweet potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons medium curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  1. Grate the potatoes into a bowl.
  2. Mix in the eggs, salt and curry powder.
  3. Shape the mix into four patties.
  4. Use enough oil to cover the base of a frying pan.
  5. Heat the oil over a medium heat.
  6. Fry the patties for 4 minutes each side, turning only once.
  7. Serve.