Long Time No See…..and Buttermilk Waffles

Hello!  Sorry it has been so long!  Who ever thought it would be so hard to find time to write when I am not working?!  I have been busy, just not writing on this blog.  I took a trip to Houston to attend the memorial service for an old friend of mine and to go to the dentist.  Neither of those was "fun" but the rest of the weekend was great.  I had dinner with friends and loved being with Beau and Tom.  I love to walk Beau and of course he ends up in water wherever we go.  If there is a puddle, he finds it! There must be some Lab in him somewhere….

I have been going to Winston-Salem every week to look at houses and get acquainted with the city.  Last week I stayed over to Saturday and was in heaven. I found excellent Indian food, explored the Farmers Market and bought some of the best bread I have had in years. I found a great used bookstore and shopped at Trader Joes.  A great weekend in my book.  (I am not hard to please!) And best of all I found a house!  I have looked at more than 30 houses, most of which were terrible for one reason or another….roller coaster floors, giant electric towers in the backyard, next door to an autoparts store, a masterbath with a sink the size of one in an airplace bathroom…. My realtor has really had patience as we check them all out.  I finally hit on just the one. Isn't it cute? 

The owners accepted my offer so now we are just doing the usual inspections etc.  I think it is all going to work out perfectly, although I hate to count my chickens before the eggs are hatched! I love an old house and this one was built in 1927.  It is a little smaller than I thought I wanted but I think I am going to love living in a smaller space. It is in a great location, close to everything, but yet on a quiet street and at the edge of really great upscale neighborhood.  It has a nice backyard, a two car garage, and a garden.  I can't wait to get there.  It will only need some paint and cleaning and I will be able to move right in.  In the long run I need to replace the electric stove with gas (it is already plumbed for gas!) and build a deck off of the kitchen. I am pretty excited. 

On my trip to Winston-Salem this week, I met up with my old friend Caryn and her 8 year old triplets.  I have known her since 1989 and am so excited to be near her.  (They live in the Raleigh area.)  We had a quick lunch, drove by to see the house, and then we went to Asheville for a couple of days.  I had the best time.  I love her kids and she is someone that I never tire of being with.  We went to Sliding rock (it is a natural water slide) where one of three kids had a blast and two were terrified, hiked a bit, ate too much, and stayed up late talking.  It was all good except the flat tire I had when I went to my car to leave that last day.  I guess you can't complain about a flat tire in a parking garage where it is easy to get help. Here are some of our photos. 

I also continued my experiment with eating fish, this time a local trout.  It was delicious and I felt great after eating it. 

And finally I have a great recipe for you.  We bought some raw local buttermilk at the local produce stand.  I used it to make waffles that we had with fresh strawberries.  Yum.  The waffles are from Sara Foster, a chef that has two wonderful restaurants in Durham and Chapel Hill.  She makes delicious Southern food and these are no exception. I substituted white whole wheat flour for half of the all purpose flour, added in some vanilla and reduced the amount of butter in the recipe.  I bet you could make these vegan using almond or cashew cream, and melted coconut oil and flax egg.  It would be a good experiment.  A little yellow cornmeal is included which gives them some substance and crunch. I think you can also use kefir rather than the buttermilk. These would be perfect for your 4th of July breakfast!  Happy 4th of July! 

Buttermilk Waffles

by Catherine Craig

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Keywords: breakfast vegetarian

Ingredients (4 -6 servings)

  • 3/4 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup yellow corn meal
  • 2 Tbsp raw sugar
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk (or kefir)
  • 4 Tbsp melted butter or coconut oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Instructions

Preheat a waffle iron and spray lightly with vegetable oil spray.

Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk to combine.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, eggs, butter/coconut oil, and vanilla. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix just to combine. Do not overmix.

Pour about 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup batter into the waffle iron. Close and cook about 4 minutes until the steam stops and the waffle is browned and crisp. The amount and batter and time to cook will vary based on the size of your waffle iron. Repeat using all batter. Serve immediately. You may keep them warm in a 200 degree oven on a sheet pan.

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