Friday, March 2, 2012

Waffle Madness

What is it with waffles?  I love them!  Can't get enough waffles. Some people like them plain, others smother them in (pure! organic!) maple syrup.  Some even have them for dessert piled high with (vegan! organic!) frozen confections and (vegan! raw! cashew!) cream on top.  Me?  I prefer my waffles for breakfast with fruit.  No syrup, no "cream," no frozen confections.  Pure waffles.

I've been feeling waffle-y lately.  For years waffles were not on the menu here at Deer Run because I refused to buy a new waffle iron that was non-stick, coated with Teflon, or whatever else is used to poison us surreptitiously in today's modern age.  That all came to an end not too long ago with a shopping trip I had over to our local Habitat for Humanity.  As I was scanning over the appliances and such, I saw a vintage waffle iron sitting on a table.  I looked at it, and wondered "does it work?"  This iron was easily 40 years old.  I brought it to the front desk and asked "does it work?"  Gladly our friend at Habitat plugged it in, within seconds, the grids began to heat up.  Before it got too hot, we unplugged it, I purchased it, and it found its next life here at Deer Run.

I scrubbed the waffle iron inside and out.  I took it entirely apart, cleaned it, even with toothpicks into the grooves and insides.  I put the grids into my superheated dishwasher, and reassembled the entire apparatus.  It gleamed.  Then I did a little smudge ceremony over my sparkling "new" waffle iron, and eventually set out to make waffles on my new favorite appliance. There is no non-stick coating, there is no Teflon.  This waffle iron is in all truth almost the exact same age as me (I looked it up on line).  Apparently people look for these waffle irons, and some people even collect them.  My vintage waffle iron is made in the USA from an era when things were built to last, not our new fangled throw-away society and lifestyle.

I cannot get enough waffles.

I've made plain waffles, coconut waffles, cornbread waffles, and pumpkin waffles.  Yesterday I decided that I wanted to try chocolate waffles, but time got the best of me (remember yesterday? When I posted "things fell apart" and my entire day was reconfigured? The chocolate waffles got the boot.)  Today I was determined, and I have met with success.  I have just feasted on the best double chocolate waffles ever, and just for kicks I made them with oat flour.  I scattered fresh sliced strawberries upon them, and because I am mad indeed, drizzled some of my raw vanilla cashew cream over top.

Heavenly.  Vegan. Organic.  Waffles.

I can only end this post with the following movie quote:

"Have I gone mad?"
"I'm afraid so.  You're entirely bonkers.  But, I'll tell you a secret. All the best people are."

Words to live by, as I eat more (vegan! organic!) waffles.

1 comment:

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