I bought a waffle maker.
I know exactly what you are thinking; what a completely sensible, incredibly useful thing to buy when you are a full time student and working less than 10 hours a week. And you thought psychology graduates couldn’t really read minds.
In an attempt to justify this purchase, I have been going a little waffle crazy, googling and insta-stalking various healthy recipes to try.
My waffle recipes are definitely a work in progress. Although I have not quite managed to get the consistency perfect, at least they taste pretty good. Besides, I have plenty of time and one completely necessary purchase to justify as an excuse to practice.
I am not even stopping at sweet waffles either. Or just having waffles for breakfast.
I did start with sweet waffles for breakfast, that I simply made from overnight oats. I used flaxseeds as an egg substitute to bind the mixture. What I really loved about this one was how quick it was to throw everything together in the morning. Heat up the waffle maker, add in the pre-prepared mixture, cook for 7 minutes, top with whatever you would like and you’re done.
- 1/2 banana
- 1/2tbls flaxseeds
- 1/4 cup oats
- 1/2tsp cinnamon
- 1tsp maple syrup
- 1/2 cup water
- Mix ingredients together and leave to soak in the fridge for 8 hours, or overnight. In the morning, pour the mixture into the waffle maker and cook until the banana smells like it's caramelising (about 7 minutes).
- Top with greek yoghurt, banana, berries, maple syrup, or whatever else you would like.
My savoury waffles for dinner were made from curried, mashed pumpkin and topped with cottage cheese and my aunty’s incredible home-made mango and fig chutney.
This recipe is definitely a work in progress, but was practically 1/2 an onion, 1 clove of garlic sautéed with 1/2 tsp of curry powder, added to 1 cup of mashed steamed pumpkin and 1 egg, cooked in the waffle maker for 10 minutes. It was very difficult to get this one out of the waffle maker whilst retaining it’s shape. I am going to try adding wholemeal flour or polenta next time and adjusting the quantities.
I feel as though there are going to be a lot of waffles happening this year. There might even be waffles so traditional that they would make the Belgians proud. Good think I really like waffles. Their flavour, their shape, the practically limitless variations, the name…
Now I’m waffling.