I love breakfast. It is one of my favourite meals of the day…. I love it so much that I often make breakfast for dinner when it is just me at home. I don’t make breakfast for dinner that often when Honey is home… I am more motivated to cook for two people than for one… but when it’s just me, there is nothing better (or quicker) than whipping up an omelet, adding a salad & voila, breakfast….er, dinner!
Growing up, weekend breakfasts were always something to look forward to. Pancakes, waffles, omelets, French toast, eggs sunny side up, soft boiled eggs with toast fingers (this was a favourite at our grandparents) & as we got older eggs Benedict also grew on us. We even cooked breakfast like this while we were camping… maybe not waffles, but definitely pancakes… pancakes the size of a frying pan, usually with fresh blueberries that we had picked somewhere near the campground… mmmm… I making myself smile (at the memories) & hungry at the same time!
My Dad used to be the omelet guy… getting out the griddle & making a whole batch of omelets at once. Now, I say he used to be as I haven’t seen him make omelets of this kind for a few years… but, come to think of it, I think my youngest brother has picked up the torch… making a big batch of omelets like this at my house just last year! Nellie was & still is the main breakfast maker in the house though, a trait I suppose I have picked up on as well. It was Nellie who thought me how to make pancakes & waffles from scratch… & really, once you’ve had them made from scratch there is no going back to Aunt Jemima or frozen toaster waffles!
Breakfast in our house now is always a combined effort. Colin & I work well as a team in the kitchen, whether we are making breakfast or anything else. I have always found cooking to be relaxing & it is even more enjoyable cooking with my husband. When it comes to breakfast Colin is the bacon cooker (or sausages or whatever it is we might be having). He has much more patience for cooking bacon then I do (which is really quite funny because he usually has no patience at all)…. or it seems that way. I think I never seem to have as much success with bacon as I am also trying to make eggs, toast & possibly potatoes at the same time. Whereas when he cooks bacon he has only the bacon to focus on. Having said that, you probably guessed that I am in charge of the eggs, toast & sometimes potatoes. It is a good system that works well for us.
I don’t make pancakes & waffles all the time… they are better when cooking breakfast for a group as the recipes make a lot. Pancakes & waffles are also fun to make with little ones… I have often made one or the other when we’ve had the kids over, letting them help stir the ingredients. Miss Lily, in fact, loves to help Auntie B make pancakes.
Waffles, I think require even less effort than pancakes. You mix up the batter, pour it into the waffle maker & then wait… there is not even any guessing if the waffles are done, at least not for me.
My waffle maker makes a little beeping noise every time a waffle is ready. At first (& most times) I found the beeping annoying…. but it does come in handy. I usually get a few waffles ready & then we sit down to eat. I continue to make the waffles while we are eating & if it weren’t for the little beeper I would have probably burned hundreds of waffles by now! But enough rambling… time for the recipe. I don’t even know where this came from originally, it’s just the one my family has used for years. I use a Belgian waffle maker but the recipe works for regular waffle makers as well. I usually make a double batch & freeze the leftovers…
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups milk
1 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
Mix all ingredients together (I usually mix the dry ingredients in one bowl & the wet in another before combining) & place on preheated waffle iron. If your waffle maker doesn’t have a handy beeper like mine, the waffles are ready when they turn a nice golden colour & are crispy on the outside. Top with fruit & maple syrup! Enjoy!
Makes 6 Waffles