lena found a waffle maker in the house, and then found a recipe called “waffle of insane greatness,” so last sunday the roomies and i made a big, delicious sunday brunch. it was a lot of fun and tons of food. i think everyone food coma’d after that meal.
lena made the waffles…
lena, the waffle maker, and her beautiful waffle
waffle of insane greatness
Recipe courtesy Aretha Frankensteins
from food network ($40 a day with rachael ray – chattanooga, TN episode)
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup whole milk or buttermilk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Butter and syrup, for serving
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; mix well. Add the milk, vegetable oil, egg, sugar and vanilla and mix well. Let the batter sit for 30 minutes.Preheat a waffle iron. Do not use non-stick spray on the waffle iron; the oil in the batter will allow the waffle to release easily. Follow the directions on your waffle iron to cook the waffles. Serve immediately with butter and syrup.
comments: mmm… these waffles were really delicious. nice and crispy on the outside, softer inside, and delicious all over. lena bought some maple syrup for the waffles. we also put nutella on them.
wei decided to make crepes…
Recipe courtesy Dave Lieberman
from food network (good deal with dave lieberman)
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoons salt
1 cup milk (preferably whole)
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon melted butter, plus more for cooking crepes
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Chocolate hazelnut spread (recommended: Nutella)
Put the flour and salt and in a large mixing bowl. Gradually whisk in the milk. Whisk in the eggs, 1 at a time, and then whisk in the sugar, melted butter, and vanilla. Cover and let rest in the refrigerator for about 1 hour.
Heat an 8-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Melt a small pat of butter in the pat and swirl around so that it lightly coats the surface.
Add 1/3 cup of the batter and move your wrist in a circular pattern to coat the pan with thin even layer of batter. Cook for about 1 minute or until the first side browns lightly, then flip and cook 45 seconds to 1 minute longer. Remove to a plate and repeat with remaining batter.
Fill with jam, honey, sugar, chocolate hazelnut spread, peanut butter, bananas – anything sweet that you enjoy from your pantry.
comments: wei’s crepes turned out really well too. lena and i thought wei was pretty ambitious to try making crepes, but wei said it was easy, and they turned out very tasty. i think wei doubled the recipe, so she made ~15 crepes i think. wei also cut up some bananas and kiwis. i had a couple banana and nutella crepes. soooooooooooo good.
shelley made some tasty potatoes…
comments: shelley said she used garlic and butter to season the potatoes, and then she baked them for a while. they were nice and crunchy on the outside. yum!
i decided to make eggs benedict (because i love hollandaise)…
first i made the hollandaise sauce that we made in cooking class. it was pretty easy to make. just keep that whisk moving. mmm…
then i poached the eggs. i found a recipe on the food network site.
from food network (emeril)
3 cups water
1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
Bring 3 cups of water to a boil with the vinegar and salt in a small saucepan over high heat.Crack an egg into a cup and slide the egg gently into the water. Crack another egg into the cup and while the water returns to a boil, slide this egg into the water as well. Repeat with the third egg. When the water returns to a boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer until the eggs are set. Watch carefully and remove the eggs when the yolks are still soft, about 2 to 2 1/2 minutes. (Test by lifting an egg slightly out of the water on a slotted spoon and gently pressing the center with your finger; the yolk should be soft and the white firm.)
Drain on paper towels. Poached eggs can be made ahead and immersed in a bowl of water in the refrigerator. Reheat by immersing briefly in simmering water.
i microwaved the turkey ham we bought, and then toasted the english muffins and assembled. mmm… so tasty. look at the RUNNY EGG. WHY CAN’T MY LOCO MOCOS HAVE RUNNY EGGS???
we also made some bacon:
wei cannot deny her love of bacon. no one can.
i like taking pictures of bacon.
so, here’s all our delicious food:
and my delicious plate:
yay for brunch! we had six people, and then we brought sam in to help the cause. it was a great brunch.