Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Magical Views

Jan. 30, 2019
This morning we woke up to view the magic of winter surrounding our home.  It was (is) a beautiful sight!  For me our treadmill will come in handy for the daily exercise.  It will also be the ideal time to bake a dessert to enjoy after dinner.

Another view of winter!  
It will be brisk in the next few days.

Stay warm!

Monday, January 21, 2019

Belgian Waffles

Belgian Waffle
with strawberries
It may seem that I have not been cooking very much in the past few months.  Oh, that's not true.  I've just not been blogging as much. 

There is one staple that we have quite often in our freezer.  Belgian Waffles!  Belgian Waffles made with buttermilk, egg whites and olive oil!  On a cold winter morning it's great to take them out of the freezer and quickly microwave to enjoy for breakfast.

Now, while preparing the batter I use a little less sugar, baking powder and baking soda.  We do not prefer to have a lot of salt in the foods we enjoy, so I usually reduce it when cooking.  Now, I also add (2 shakes each of) Cinnamon, Nutmeg and Cloves from my Spice Rack to the batter.   

If I have an overripe banana in the fruit bowl, I mash it first and also add it in.  They become Banana Belgian Waffles.  With or without a mashed banana, Belgian Waffles are so yummy!  Sometimes we enjoy them with defrosted strawberries and at other times with maple syrup!  If you have not enjoyed them at breakfast for a while, put it on your list of things to do!

Belgian Waffles  
     makes about 8 waffles
1 + 3/4 Cup King Arthur Unbleached Flour
2 teaspoons Sugar
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/8 teaspoon Salt
2 shakes of Cinnamon, Nutmeg and Cloves from containers in my Spice Rack

1 Whole Egg + 2 Egg Whites
1 + 3/4 Cup Buttermilk or 1 Cup Buttermilk + 3/4 Cup Milk
1/2 Cup Olive Oil for sauteing & baking
2 teaspoons Vanilla

PAM- to spray Waffle Maker

  1. In a large bowl combine all dry ingredients.
  2. In a smaller bowl beat 1 Whole Egg + 2 Egg Whites until well combined.
  3. Add Buttermilk (+ Milk if using), Olive Oil and Vanilla to beaten Egg + Whites.  Combine.
  4. Add liquid ingredients to dry ingredients.
  5. Stir together until almost smooth.
  6. Spray Belgian Waffle Maker with PAM before preheating.  Spray only before making 1st Waffle.
  7. When Waffle Maker is hot, scoop 2/3 Cup batter to make Waffle.
  8. Close lid of Waffle Maker.
  9. Cook 2- 3 Minutes until steam stops.  (My Waffle Maker beeps when cooked.)
  10. Carefully open lid and remove.
  11. Continue until batter is used.
A Waffle at breakfast is so tasty!  It is also quite filling.  We do have remaining Waffles after breakfast.  After they have cooled, I wrap each one in plastic wrap.  Then, they are placed in a large freezer bag and stored in our freezer.  Breakfast for other mornings!


Tuesday, January 1, 2019

January 1

 Wishing all of you
and your families
a Happy and Healthy 
New Year!!