I’m wrapping up my citrus month with love….heart shaped lemon waffles. Both in shape and taste, these light and fluffy waffles make a delicious, romantic breakfast. Simply topped with a sprinkling of powdered sugar and warmed maple syrup. Because as you know, it’s the simple pleasures in life that are the most special.
I’ve always used the method my mother did for making waffles of separating the eggs, whipping the whites and then folding them into the batter. While it isn’t necessary to do this, as the taste will still be the same, I do find that the waffles are lighter and fluffier prepared in this manner. Sometimes when I’m deciding on make either pancakes or waffles, I’ll lean toward pancakes as I don’t have to separately beat the whites for pancakes! Pancake batter also can be made ahead and refrigerated overnight. I’ve not done that with the waffle batter, but I do pre measure out the dry ingredients one day or more ahead so that it’s easier on me in the morning! Waffles just take a bit more love and attention.
Recently Charles at Five Euro Food posted his Swedish Pancakes, which are made in the shape of 4 hearts connected in a circle. They are made in a cast iron waffle iron for the stove; something new I learned, once again, from Charles!
I am forever appreciative of all who follow me and the many, many blogs I follow always picking up new ideas and inspiration. Learning about new dishes, cultures and traditions fascinate me so. Recently, I was extremely surprised to receive from Cecilia at The Kitchens Garden these gorgeous red shoes!! How did she ever know my size!!
Actually, this one red shoe is The (Red) Educational Shoe Award. Cecilia so kindly thought of me to pass this on to. I’ve learned so much from Cecilia following her morning farm walks. I’m impressed daily with her sustainable lifestyle and all that she does and endures through the freezing cold, hunters with rifles and scary sounds in the dark! I’m so very flattered that she felt she actually found something new or interesting from me!!
To pass along the award, I can think of so many of you that have expanded my world and taught me so much. And, there are a few men out there but I don’t believe any of those that I’m thinking of might wear high heeled red shoes! So I will stick to the ladies on this one and also selecting just four, for the following reasons….
For lots of information and great recipes to keep me fit and eat healthy, Lisa at Smart Food and Fit and Kelly at Inspired Edibles. Both ladies can toss their sneakers out for a night as they deserve this Red Shoe. Kelly not only creates healthy dishes from breakfast to desserts, her plates are always presented so beautifully. She explains the ingredients she uses in the recipes, the nutritional benefits and has shared many ingredients new to me. She’s also complimented my recipes and pointed out nutritional tips in her comments which I love to see!!
Lisa keeps me challenged! She’s really committed to keeping fit and eating clean! Whenever I read her posts, I want to do a few more exercises, bike a bit further and tweak more of my recipes for cleaner ingredients! She’s provided tips on packing school box lunches in her Lunchbox Series to new workout routines and eating healthy strategies.
My other two recipients for this Red Educational Shoe Award go to the ladies who share their travels. While it’s my biggest dream to one day visit Italy, I’ve not yet had a chance to travel outside the US. So, to Karen at Back Road Journal and Tanya at Chica Andaluza, this Red Shoe goes to you both! Through most of October, I was able to virtually travel with Karen through the more untraveled areas of Italy, learning of new places like Bolzano and Bressanone Italy to beautiful wine vineyards and finally to Germany. Her photos and care in explaining the sites, beauty and food fascinated me throughout her trip. I hope she’s planning another vacation real soon!!
Tanya, the Chica at Chica Andaluza, to begin with, lives in Spain which would be a dream to me, building a home there and sharing her lifestyle. And then she takes these “holidays” to what to me are the most picturesque, beautiful locations! Places like Galicia and Asturias and Bali – I’m so jealous! I’ve learned of new food, culture and places I’d love to visit one day.
So take your Red Shoe ladies, display it proudly and pass it along if you wish to!!
I Heart You, Lemon Waffles
2 eggs, separated
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour unbleached white flour, sifted
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1-2 tablespoons raw (turbinado), depending on your sweetness level
2 teaspoons lemon zest
1 ¼ cup heavy cream
3 tablespoons lemon juice
4 tablespoons melted butter
Preheat waffle iron, spray if necessary. Beat egg whites until stiff, set aside. In a large bowl, sift together all dry ingredients, set aside. In another medium size bowl, combine the yolk, cream, juice and butter. Add to dry and mix until blended. Fold in egg whites until just combined; do not over mix. Cook according to the directions of your waffle iron. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and warmed real maple syrup. Serve at once. Makes about 8 waffles, depending on your waffle size.
I love being in the kitchen. Early mornings, soft music, a hot espresso. Easing into the preparation of delicious meals. Glancing through cookbooks, gathering inspiration and planning my day. I look forward to the cycles of the seasons, the pleasures of tasting and savoring and sharing this with those dear to me. Weekends are special to me as my week days are often rushed, but still I create the ambiance, light the candles, set the table and uncork the wine.