Saturday, February 24, 2007

Early Rising

My son woke me up at 5:00 this morning. Barely conscious, I dragged myself to his room to make sure he was fine. My husband, who by then was out of bed himself, said "Oh, he's fine. But he woke me at 4:30 to tell me he was hungry." I soon realized that we were not going back to bed anytime soon. Pretty disappointing, considering that I look forward to sleeping in until 7:00 on Saturdays and Sundays instead of my usual 6 a.m. wakeup. Yeah, I really do get up that early.

So I decided to make the best of things; take advantage of my early start time and work on some breakfast. Zoe was awake by then too and watched me as I made gluten-free, casein-free waffles. I got the recipe from Cooking Free, which is rapidly becoming one of my favorite cookbooks. Yesterday I picked up a waffle maker at Target and today I got the chance to use it. The waffles came out just right; light and crispy on the outside, tender on the inside. It was heaven on a plate.

Flamenco Dad and I got into a discussion about good toppings and preparations for the waffles. Of course, pure maple syrup is the topping of choice, but there are other options too. I thought maybe next time I'd try a warm strawberry topping, especially since it's strawberry season here. Also, there's a diner in the area that serves a bacon-pecan waffle that my husband wants me to try and replicate. But my favorite (which my husband thinks is absolutely insane) has got to be fried chicken, a shot of hot sauce, and a then splash of maple syrup. I think it's funny that my Southern-raised hubby has never had fried chicken and waffles. I know that it's an odd choice for breakfast; but when I tried this for the first time I was hooked.

Sorry there is no picture of my delicious waffles. We're still having computer issues. And also? We inhaled them so quickly I didn't even stop to think about getting the tripod and camera ready so early.


Lynn Barry said...

Oh my gosh! Chicken and hot sauce AND maple syrup...never heard of it, but then I sometimes live in a bubble. AWESOME! Sounds like a fun morning for the whole fam damily. You guys are awesome. I hope you get the computers fixed soon, I love your pics. HUGS

Flamenco Mom said...

Southerners tell me that fried chicken and waffles is a traditional comfort food. Ironically, the first time I had it was in Brooklyn at this great soul food restaurant I used to visit.

I'm with you, I hope that my computer issues get fixed soon too. But alas, help is on the way--I now have a thumb drive, so I can upload pics to hubby's computer, transfer them to the thumb drive, then put them on my computer and thus onto this blog. Whew!