Sunday, June 30, 2013

Belgian Waffles

You know what one of the benefits of getting married is? New kitchen gadgets!!!!!!!! Oh yea, and gaining a lifelong partner to share the joys of life and family and all that jazz.  But seriously, so many gifts.  It's like Christmas times a gazillion.  So the next few posts will be of me trying out all of the new goodies.  Like our waffle iron:
Thanks, Marcus!
Recipe from the St. John's church recipe book, a bridal shower gift.  This church is where both Reid's grandparents were members and where Reid's parents got married.


Belgian Waffles
Ingredients:

  • 1 c. flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 c. milk
  • 1/2 tbs. melted butter
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tbs. sugar
  • 1 egg, separated
Directions:

  1. Sift dry ingredients together in a bowl.
  2. Beat whites until stiff; set aside.
  3. Add egg yok, butter and milk to the dry ingredents an dmix thoroughly.
  4. Stir 1/4 of the egg white into the batter to lighten it and gently fold in the remaining egg white.
  5. Bake according to directions for waffle baker.
  6. Coconut, nuts, or chocolate chips can be sprinkled over top before baking.  I chose to have slices of bananas and milk chocolate chips top one of my waffles, and strawberry sauce topped the other.  Strawberry sauce was made by reducing down 1/4 c. strawberries, 1/8 c. water, 3tbs sugar, and 1 tsp orange liquor in a sauce pan over medium-low heat.
Recipe provided by Karen Gardner in St. John's United Methodist Church Recipe Collection Book
Banana chocolate chip and strawberry sauce topped Belgian waffles

Food Adventures in Spain!


Reid and I came back from our honeymoon in Barcelona and Majorca, Spain two weeks ago.  It was really amazing.  We spent five days Barcelona, getting our culture on visiting Picasso's museum, Miro's art museum, the Museum of Catalan Art, Sagrada Familia, Le Cathedral, Park Guell, and obviously eating and drinking.  Three days in Majorca was spent hiking, swimming, and just taking in the amazing beauty of that island.  It was really phenomenal.  We've made a pact to go back at least for our 25th anniversary.  

Of course, the food was wonderful.  We feasted on tapas, paella, sardines, sangria, and Estrella bear.  One dish that really surprised me was the Spanish omelettes we ate.  They were these fluffy but flavor-dense thick egg and potato omelettes with the perfect salty savory yumminess.  I really didn't think they were going to be that good, but they were! Especially as little bocadillos (mini baguette sandwiches).  I'll have to find a recipe for them because there's gotta be more to them then egg and potato!  One thing that was difficult, was eating dinner so late (we mulled around one restaurant at 8pm waiting for it to open!)

Forgot to mention this amazing dessert called La Cardinal. I didn't get any photos, but at a seaside restaurant in Port Soller, we had this dessert which was layered meringue, whipped cream, and raspberry sauce. Sounds so simple but it was absolutely amazing! Light and refreshing and melt in your mouth.

Reid's Uncle Brent recommended this wonderful restaurant he'd been to a few years ago.  Unfortunately, it was no longer  there so we had tapas at a nearby restaurant.  Tomato bread, salmon ceviche, and artichoke with sun-dried tomatoes and pine nuts.

Espresso and wonderful mini pastries and cookies.

Macaron with chocolate sauce and creme brulee gelato

Post beach swim lunch: sardines with french fries