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Art & waffles

It’s been almost a year since I’ve moved out on my own. I look at my little place and smile. This small home has become something of mine. Does that make sense? I look around and it is a true reflection of me. From the black and white photos of Paris to the band posters hung in the hallway, my home represents every facet of me.

I remember those first couple of months living in my new home. I hated the lack of natural light and the non-existent dining room. I preferred to hide in my room because my living room felt so cold and sparse. With a little love and care, I’ve created a space that I treasure. And I did it all on my own.

To honor my anniversary, I did two things.
1. Bought a customized piece of art that is utterly gorgeous. Thanks to Megan Weeden for her wonderful work! I can’t wait to snap a photo of it.
2. Made myself some homemade waffles with my new waffle iron.

I’m not ashamed to admit that for the first 16 years of my life, I didn’t know how fantastic homemade waffles could be. I practically thrived on Leggo-my-eggo waffles and Mrs.Butterworth syrup. (Both still hold a special place in my heart.) But homemade waffles are epic. Yes, that’s the right word. Epic. While I enjoy a good pancake every now and then, I could eat a waffle everyday. Waffle toppings are endless. Bananas with walnuts, hot chocolate sauce, fresh fruit, whipped cream. A friend of mine actually had a waffle bar for brunch and I swear, my eyes popped out of my head.

For the most part, I’m content with simple buttermilk waffles topped with fresh fruit and whipped cream. I’m partial to ripe raspberries and strawberries, so juicy they ooze the minute you touch them. Blueberries are wonderful too, as their indigo juice fills every crevice of the waffle.

There are endless waffle recipes out there; it’s hard to narrow your choices down. But, when in doubt, go to the blogger you wish you could share a drink (or a cupcake) with. Yes, I’m talking about Deb. She discovered this Mark Bittman recipe in 2007 and I’m glad she blogged about it because it was the easiest recipe in the world.

It only took me 5 minutes to get this batter going and they were outstanding. I like mine a little crispy around the edges so I turned my oven on high and left them on a little longer than normal. If you don’t have buttermilk, you could use regular milk, but buttermilk’s tang adds needed flavor. Whipping the egg whites separately creates a light, almost fluffy batter, resulting in soft, waffles with crispy edges. Just the way I like them.

I ate these waffles and counted my blessings. A solid job. A warm home. Good family and friends. You all. I’m a lucky girl and it’s important to remember that when so many are suffering.

Rich Buttermilk Waffles
Origin: Smitten Kitchen a la How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman
Serves 4 to 6

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 3/4 cups buttermilk* or 1 1/2 cups sour cream or plain yogurt thinned with 1/4 cup milk
2 eggs, separated
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick butter, melted and cooled)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Canola or other neutral oil for brushing on waffle pan (Deb note: Pam works great!)

Combine the dry ingredients. Mix together the buttermilk, sour cream or yogurt and the egg yolks. Stir in the butter and vanilla.

Brush the waffle iron lightly with oil and preheat it. Stir the wet into the dry ingredients. Beat the egg whites with the whisk or electric mixer (spotlessly clean ones work best) until they hold soft peaks. Stir them gently into the batter.

Spread a ladleful or so of batter onto the waffle iron and bake until the waffle is done, usually 3 to 5 minutes, depending on your iron. Serve immediately or keep warm for a few minutes in a low oven.

* The buttermilk can be substituted with 1 1/4 cups of milk at room temperature, mixed with two tablespoons white vinegar, left to clabber for 10 minutes.

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January 20, 2010 - 8:36 am

Rose - Absolutely beautiful. Both the writing and the waffles.

January 20, 2010 - 8:56 am

Cate - Every day I kick myself for getting rid of my waffle maker before we left for Asia. Now that I’m home I crave waffles all.the.time. I have to get a new one, because these look so good, especially with berries on top

January 20, 2010 - 10:14 am

shutterboo - You had me at waffles.

January 20, 2010 - 10:15 am

Tracy (Amuse-bouche for Two) - I love waffles. We have no waffle maker. Something so down-home-comfy about them. I love the little pools of syrup.

January 20, 2010 - 11:48 am

Wendi - Don’t forget that homemade waffles freeze beautifully for later.

January 20, 2010 - 11:56 am

Coco - oh these waffles look sooo good! just stumbled across your blog, how delightful!

January 20, 2010 - 3:24 pm

my spatula - lovely, lovely post. you know, i’ve debated about buying a waffle iron for years. you’ve convinced me. i must get one. happy anniversary!

January 20, 2010 - 5:29 pm

Jen - Those look really lovely! You’re stoking my fried chicken and waffle craving…

January 20, 2010 - 6:37 pm

radish - Your place looks lovely and welcoming! I looove that table cloth! Making something your own no matter how small, is a lovely thing.

January 20, 2010 - 11:37 pm

libbyosity - these waffle photos made my mouth drop. those look beyond delicious. i can’t wait to see the artwork treat, as well!

January 21, 2010 - 7:17 am

Jennifer J - A waffle bar for brunch?! That’s a grand idea.

January 21, 2010 - 10:52 am

Dolce - Happy personnal anniversary! The waffle looks gorgeous…as does your tablecloth :)

January 21, 2010 - 12:14 pm

Cindy - Looks absolutely delicious! Homemade is always best.
Reading your post, I am even more excited for the day I move out and find my own little place.

January 21, 2010 - 2:54 pm

steph (whisk/spoon) - i was just given a waffle iron as a christmas gift…looks like i have to fire that thing up! you are a lucky girl, but sounds like you truly appreciate every bit of it…and it’s nice living on your own, isn’t it?

January 21, 2010 - 3:31 pm

Julie - I can attest that this is a great recipe! I like mine with fresh or frozen blueberries.

January 21, 2010 - 10:35 pm

Sweets at Vicky's - I miss living out on my own when I was in Melbourne. It was the best thing ever! I love having breakfast standing over the sink, or just falling asleep on the make-shift couch while watching CSI re-runs.

The waffles look amazing! Extra syrup on mine please. :)

January 25, 2010 - 3:26 am

tiina - Great looking waffles, and most of all, I share the same thoughts and appreciation with you about how many things are wonderful in life and how important it is to remember that.

January 26, 2010 - 12:08 pm

Sara - You are such a lovely writer. AND that picture of the edge of table with the waffle, GORGEOUS!!!

January 27, 2010 - 4:33 am

Suzy - I moved into my own flat in England about a year ago, and feel just the same as you do. I worried I would be lonely, but now I relish the time to myself in the nest I’ve made.

And those waffles look amazing! Waffles aren’t as popular here as they are in the states, so I have definitely not had my quota, and need to go out and buy a waffle iron!

February 14, 2010 - 8:42 am

withloverosie - I just made these waffles… I now have a new favorite recipe! These are amazing, just the right amount of sweetness… crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside.. mmmmmm

February 17, 2010 - 7:37 pm

Amanda - I am so glad you liked them!

February 19, 2010 - 9:39 am

Aly - Reading your post made my eyes sort of water….somehow your writing and your unlimited joy over this perfectly good reason made my heart sigh with happiness. Thank you for existing.

June 30, 2011 - 1:19 am

CrispyAdventures - Gorgeous! I used to be obsessed with baking waffles a few years ago. I’d make everything from sandwiches to cakes with layers of waffles.

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