Apr 282015
 

Chocolate Waffles via J5MM.comLast summer in Rolsyn, Washington I visited the farmer’s market quite often.  Just a short walk from where my silver girl was camped, I felt very spoiled and so lucky to have it so close.  From the farm fresh veggies to culinary artisanal delights such as a totally indulgent cheddar cheese spread and fresh baked baguettes, the market was Heaven on earth for any foodie for sure.  In addition there was a darling waffle stand with the sweetest lady making waffles.  I will never forget her summery pink dress, long silver hair braided into a bun on top of her head and her infectious smile that she gave me when my curious self went over to check things out.  There was a small group of young children before me, watching with big eyes as she poured the batter into the waffle iron.

She offered up endless toppings from Nutella to raspberry jam for the sweet varieties and cheddar,  sausage or bacon stuffed waffles for the savory.  When it was our turn, B ordered his with Nutella that we took to enjoy while sitting at a picnic table under a maple tree.

This memory for me is fresh in my mind — as if it just happened.  As summer draws near, we will be taking our silver girl back to Roslyn to enjoy the mountain country life and that special farmers market.  I’m excited to share with you our outdoor adventures that we experience from fly fishing, hiking, mountain biking and swimming in cool mountain lakes.  I also look forward to sharing with you new recipes with ingredients sourced from the market.  I am so looking forward.

Here are two waffle recipes that I would like to share with you  — kind of a homage to the sweet waffle lady I met last summer.  I hope she will be at the market again this year so I can snap a picture of her beautiful self and share with you :)

Sweet-Spring-Strawberries via J5MM.com // #AirstreamDark Chocolate Waffles via J5MM.com // #AirstreamKitchenDark Chocolate Waffles via J5MM.com // #AirstreamKitchenCornmeal & Sausage Waffles via J5MM.com // #AirstreamKitchenCornmeal & Sausage Waffles via J5MM.com // #AirstreamCornmeal & Sausage Waffles via J5MM.com // #Airstream

My waffle iron by Oster deserves front and center seating under my kitchen sink.  It has performed so well all while keeping incredibly clean.  This to me, is a dream quality for a waffle iron as all my irons in the past have resulted in stuck on waffles and were a pain to clean.  This one is excellent — bought him at Target for $20.00.

Under Sink Storage in an Airstream via J5MM.comOster Waffle Iron via J5MM.com // #Airstream KitchenCornmeal & Sausage Waffles via J5MM.com // #AirstreamGood Times Keep On Rollin' via J5MM.com // #Airstream

Hope you are having a lovely Tuesday — thank you for being here :)

xoxo
Monica

PS I have no affiliation with Oster.  I just happen to think this particular Belgain waffle maker is great :)

happy little stars

Dark Chocolate Waffles

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder 
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 3/4 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • pinch of salt

Steps:

  1. Combine with a whisk, flour, salt, cocoa, and baking powder into a bowl.
  2. Add the eggs, milk, vanilla, oil and sour cream and mix until just combined.  Mix until there are no longer large lumps (small lumps are okay).
  3. Preheat your waffle iron and meanwhile . . .
  4. Set aside the batter for about 10 minutes (while your iron is preheating) allowing the mixture to absorb the wet ingredients — this creates a thick, spoonable batter.
  5. Using a silicone basting brush (I use this one), brush both sides of your waffle iron with butter and spoon enough batter onto the iron leaving a 1/2″ between batter and edge of iron.
  6. Close the lid and cook until the steam stops escaping from the iron.  Give the waffles a slight tap with a fork and if they feel “soft,” continue cooking until they become “crispy” to the touch with a fork.
  7. Serve with hot maple syrup and a generous dusting of powdered sugar and sweet strawberries.  These waffles reminded me of brownies with a crisp top and a soft center.
  8. Like my dad always said before every meal, “Bon Appetit” :)

Cornmeal & Sausage Waffles

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup coarse cornmeal
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 large turkey sausage patties, fully cooked and chopped up into super small dice
  • 1- 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • teaspoon baking soda
  • cup buttermilk
  • 1egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons of butter, melted
  • tablespoons of honey

Steps:

  1. Combine with a whisk, cornmeal, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and crumbled sausage into a bowl.
  2. Add the eggs, buttermilk, honey, melted butter and mix until just combined.  Mix until there are no longer large lumps (small lumps are okay).
  3. Preheat your waffle iron
  4. Set aside the batter for about 10 minutes (while your iron is preheating) allowing the mixture to absorb the wet ingredients — this creates a thick, spoonable batter.
  5. Using a silicone basting brush (I use this one), brush both sides of your waffle iron with butter and spoon enough batter onto the iron leaving a 1/2″ between batter and edge of iron.
  6. Close the lid and cook until the steam stops escaping from the iron.  When the steam stops, check your waffles and if they are not browned enough, close the lid and continue to cook until they become golden brown.  But keep your eye on them at this point — depending on your waffle iron, they make get golden quickly — or not so quickly.
  7. Serve with a fried egg on top and a few dashes (or more) of Sriracha hot sauce and a sprinkling of chives.  B suggested I add some hot maple syrup and to my surprise — it was really delicious!  Savory and sweet at the same time :)
  8. Bon Appetit :)

happy little stars

Roslyn Summer Memories:

Fishing the Cle Elum River in Washington State via J5MM.comCatch and Release Baby Rainbow Trout via J5MM.comA Walk At Cooper Lake in Washington State via J5MM.comBennett Cabin in Eastern WashingtonAn Airstream Birthday via J5MM.comHeirloom Coal Miner Apples via J5MM.com Twilight Glamping via J5MM.com

Aug 052013
 

Angler's Roost Montana with our Airstream

Four months ago we began planning our “Rockin’ the Rockies” Airstream road trip and finally, here we were, at the very beginning.

The Bitterroot Beginning.

We found ourselves at the “Angler’s Roost” campground in Hamilton, Montana tucked along the Bitterroot River.  We softly landed in site #19 after a full day of driving from Seattle.  Daylight was still ours for a bit so we settled in and took time to relax.

I kept thinking to myself  “three weeks away from corporate America,” and those words, in and of themselves made me feel very happy.

And relaxed . . .  Continue reading »

Mar 192012
 

Strawberry Clafoutis fresh out of the Airstream's oven

It was hubby’s last weekend teaching skiing at Alpental.  I can’t believe how quickly the time has gone.  It just seemed like the winter activities were just beginning and now, here we are, entering the Spring season.

Is it me or is time just going faster and faster these days?  I don’t know . . .

For three consecutive months, every weekend (except when we were gone on our Big Red Cat trip) we would bring the Airstream here so hubby could teach and B could ski.  This was going to be our last night.

Since it was going to be our last night I decided to make a nice dessert.  A Clafoutis to be specific.  This was going to be a great recipe to celebrate the beautiful eggs I was given from some really special friends of mine.

These eggs are so special to me.  Why?  You see, I have known these lovely little “First” ladies for quite some time now.Jackie, Barbara and Ladybird are their given names :)  My friends know how special these eggs are to me also as they decorated the egg carton for me in such a beautiful way.

That was very special.

As the boys went about their day, I went about mine happily baking away with this view out of my kitchen window.

Alpental, Snoqualmie Pass

The clafoutis was delicious.  It was my first I had made ever and I will absolutely be making it again.

As we woke up the next morning, we had a choice to head straight home, or to take a trip into the country and see how things were coming along at our little cabin.

“I vote for the cabin,” I said.

“Me toooooooo mommy!” declared B from his bed — and I thought he was still asleep!  My mother was right, children are always listening when you think they are not.  Hah!

Roslyn, Washington

Wow, the snow is gone and Spring is definitely here.

That is our little cabin you see.  We don’t sleep in it, but a very, very long time ago a family once did sleep in it.  It was their home.  It is on my list to try and figure out exactly who this family was, I think it would be very interesting to share what I find out with B.  I do understand it was built in the 1800’s but that is it.

Fiddler's Green Forever :)

Spring was most definitely in the air.  I could smell it — the sweet yet earthy scent of the ground coming alive. I was truly at that moment excited and ready for the warmer weather ahead.

Pasture in Roslyn, WA

As we walked around and checked on things I was full of inspiration. How I would love to start a garden here and how wonderful it is going to be spending lazy summer nights under the stars listening to the chirping of the crickets.

There are so many crickets here in summer.

I was also thinking about my most amazing night I had attending Amanda Hesser’s lecture at Benaroya Hall. What an inspiration she is to me and for her to think my site is “Fabulous,” and then write about it? I felt so happy and so honored.

This recipe that I prepared on the Airstream in “The Tiniest Kitchen,” is from the New York Times of which Amanda was a food writer for (in addition to many other amazing endeavors). I accidentally used three eggs instead of two, but it still turned out delicious.

For you my readers, a Strawberry Clafoutis :)

Clafoutis with Strawberries