Calypso Waffles


 

A dear friend recently acquired a waffle iron. I don’t like to measure stuff, but with baking types of recipes, you must or things will fail. Here is my waffle recipe!!

Start by plugging in and turning on your waffle iron, probably to the highest setting or 75-80% HOT!! I’m still experimenting with waffles, but my Dad told me to make it hot!! :p

In two separate bowls, combine the following wet and dry ingredients:

Dry Ingredients
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup flaxseed*
1 tsp sea salt
3 tsp sugar
1 tsp baking powder
a handful of sliced almonds*

Wet Ingredients
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups Silk almond milk (you can use regular milk or a milk substitute)
1 tsp vanilla extract**
1/3 cup oil (butter, grapeseed, olive)

*optional
**I’d like to try almond extract

Now, whisk them together in a large bowl. I spray the waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray or lightly brush it with oil (grapeseed oil or olive oil). Put about 2/3 cup of batter in the middle of the waffle iron and close the “lid.” The batter is moderately thick, so I think 4 1/2 – 5 minutes did the trick. This should make about 4-5 8-inch circular waffles. Rule of thumb: Cook waffles until the steam stops rising from the iron. You can also judge by the color.

Wtf is a Calypso Waffle?

 
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Bite sized pineapple and plantains

That’s simple. While you’re waiting for the waffles to finish cooking, sauté about a cup of diced pineapple and 1 diced plantain  in a skillet. Try bite sized pieces. I used butter. It’s good 🙂 They are done when the plantains take a nice golden color. Slightly brown is okay 🙂

This was my second time making this recipe. I added fresh mint to the saute. I also realized, after the fact, that I had a mango in the refrigerator 🙁 Maybe next time.

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Waffles before it's calypsofied 🙂

When you’re ready to serve, top your waffle with Chobani Greek yogurt and the calypso fruit mixture. I added a little maple syrup.

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Calypso Waffles

I have no words for this creation. I was very pleased and we even had leftovers. These waffles freeze well. Don’t be afraid to save them for later use. Try other toppings. I love:

peanut butter
nutella
ice cream
whipped cream
strawberries
blueberries
to name a few 🙂

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Calypso Waffles

May 9, 2011
Food, Recipe

 
 

Strawberry and Plantain French Toast


Like my mother, and my grandmother before her, I am the breakfast Queen. I grew up on southern soul food, grits and salmon cakes, and I enjoy making breakfast for my friends when they visit, and for myself, because I like to eat. Sometimes I cook for my sweetie pie 🙂

Every Sunday, we go to an awesome local bakery. This past weekend, I bought a loaf of some good bread from Atwater’s. We made sandwiches the day before, but I had to save a few slices. I love using good bread for French Toast.

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Strawberry and Plantain French Toast

I cut the slices about 1/4 inch thick and soak them in a mixture of egg, almond milk, (you can use regular milk) and a few spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, clove). The key to good French Toast is “soak time.” Good bread will not fall apart in the egg mixture. I let it soak for about a minute and then I turn it over and let it soak again on the other side. Repeat several times. I do this for the better part of five minutes, until the bread is saturated, but not soggy.

Once the bread is ready, melt a little bit of butter in a skillet on medium heat. Place the egg battered slices in the pan and cook for about 2-3 minutes on each side, or until the pieces are slightly brown. If you cook it too high, the middle won’t be done. I suppose the heat can’t be TOO LOW, but people have stuff to do and it would take too long LOL  If you choose, you can sprinkle the spices on the bread in the skillet instead of, or in addition to, putting it in the egg mixture. I’ve been known to season my French Toast with the Oregon Train Chai Mixes. So good.

The plantains were easy. I used butter in a skillet and cooked for about a minute on each side. Sprinkle cinnamon on the plantains while they cook. Slice the strawberries and put the fruit on top of the bread. Serve. Enjoy! Maple syrup is a great addition 🙂

p.s. We are building a garden. That explains the soil and potted plants in the photo LOL

March 29, 2011
Food, Recipe

 
 

Veggie omelettes with fried sweet plantains


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Another delicious weekend breakfast ..

Omelettes or scrambles made with 2 eggs, mushrooms, Swiss chard, and red pepper with optional turkey sausage (in the omelette)

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Veggie omelettes with fried sweet plantains

The bonus in this breakfast is a fried breakfast plantain– melt butter in a pan over the stove, add sliced ripe plantain, and sprinkle with cinnamon and brown sugar.  It’s like dessert for your breakfast 🙂  MMM!

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frying plantains with cinnamon (brown sugar optional)

PS this was a lot of food.  Plan on a nap afterwards.

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Veggie omelettes with fried sweet plantains

 

March 27, 2011
Food