My husband, Javier, took a recent Friday off from work. He was preparing for a work trip abroad. To France. He leads a difficult life. To say that I’m jealous that this is his second trip to France in 13 months would be unfair. Because I’m more than jealous. You see, I studied French throughout high school, double majored in French Language, Literature and Culture in undergrad and have wanted to go to France since I was 13 years old. But I’ve never been. And he’s been three times since we’ve been together.
The first time he went, we were dating and he went to Europe for a 2 week vacation with a buddy. They planned on spending time in Germany (where his friend was living), Belgium and the Netherlands. He promised me he wouldn’t go to France without me. I was in San Francisco for work when I received his email telling me they had just stopped at an internet cafe in Paris. Luckily for me, I was with some really adventurous friends from work. These girls allowed themselves to be talked into going sky diving that day. The activity was chosen purely out of spite. Sky diving was something he wanted to do and he always said we would go together.
And that’s how I rolled at the time. I’ve matured in my responses since then. Twelve years will do that to a person. Well, at least I don’t follow through on my devious plots for revenge anymore. Moving on…
On Friday I asked our son, Javi, what he wanted for breakfast and he chose waffles for our special breakfast before Daddy left for his trip.
Many people don’t realize that waffles are not pancake batter in the shape of waffles. It’s true. Pancakes are slightly sweet because there’s sugar in a traditional batter. Hence the “cakes” in pancakes. Waffles, however, have no sugar in the batter and the eggs are separated and the whites are stiffly beaten before being incorporated.
The stiffly beaten egg whites are folded in gently, leaving some fluffs to provide body and airiness to the waffle.
Waffles are a favorite in our house for breakfast and dinner. We typically go the sweet route, generously coating them in real butter and powdered sugar, honey or maple syrup. I’m desperate to try them with country fried chicken, but haven’t. I think my kids would really like that combination though. Waffles and chickie nuggies? Yes, I think they would eat it.
1 3/4 c. all-purpose flour
3 t. baking powder
1/23 t. salt
2 beaten egg yolks
1 3/4 c. milk
1/2 c. vegetable oil
2 stiffly beaten egg whites
Sift together dry ingredients. Combine yolks, milk and oil; stir into dry ingredients. Fold in egg whites, leaving a few fluffs. Bake in a waffle iron according to manufacturer directions.