Fresh fruit

Today I made waffles.  I used a cake mix because they turn out amazing.  Everyone in my family loves when I use a chocolate cake mix, but today I opted for lemon cake instead.  Using lemon cake mix as a waffle batter is something I decided to try out a couple of years ago. The waffles turn out fluffy on the inside with a slight crust on the outside.  The aroma of lemon as it bakes in the waffle iron filled our home with a fresh scent that caused the taste buds to salivate.


Just before making the waffles, I drove up the road (literally one minute away) to the local berry farm to pick up some fresh strawberries & raspberries for our toppings.  So fresh in fact that the employees had picked them only moments before & didn’t even have time to get the berries onto the shelves.  I got the berries home and proceeded to clean and hull the strawberries with the help of a friend.  

Thank you Google!


She did the trick of using a straw to remove the stem, and it worked perfectly.  I decided to do a Google search about the best way to clean the raspberries.  Having internet access at the palm of your hand is now something most people take for granted.  Here I am looking up how to clean a raspberry- a knowledge that should have been passed down from my parents and their parents and so on- but it is completely unnecessary in this day and age.

Freshness.


Topping off our waffles was a scoop of fresh made whipped cream.  Earlier this week we went to the store and almost bought one of those spray cans.  It was in my cart until I actually read the label-“Whipped Topping”.  Nowhere in the label did it make any mention of cream.  I may be using a store bought cake mix, but I add the oil, milk & eggs to complete it.  Super fresh fruit was going to go on the waffles, so I couldn’t sully the final product with complete artificial-ness.  I put the petroleum whipped topping back and grabbed a carton of cream.

I’ve never made whipped cream before today.  Even though I looked up online how to clean raspberries a few minutes earlier, I decided to make whipped cream based on what I imagined it to taste like.  I poured the cream into the mixer and started the beater up on a medium speed.  I sprinkled some icing sugar into it and added a few drops of vanilla extract.  It looked like milk just spinning around.  I watched for a moment and became impatient, so I cranked up the speed.  Within seconds it thickened so I stopped the mixer & put the bowl of cream into the fridge.  I didn’t even bother to taste test it, it just looked and smelled perfect.  (BTW it turned out it was!)

This is the view of my backyard. I’m grateful for it.


Breakfast was served.  Coffee and juice was to accompany our meal as we sat outside and lived the weekend country life.  Breakfast among the trees, birds, rising sun and a gentle breeze made this morning one of the best reasons to just get out of bed.  However, I am ready for my mid-morning nap now…

Waffles

I love making big breakfasts.  My family loves it when I make breakfast.  I’m constantly trying new things.  Sometimes I make deep fried hashbrowns, bacon and sunny side up eggs for everyone.  Scrambled eggs with cheddar cheese served with farmer sausage and country fried seasoned potatoes are another favorite.  Recently I made an amazing baked egg in avacado served with warm salsa and bacon bits.  In the summer with fresh vegetables and herbs I find myself making omelettes in a variety of fashions. 

 

Mmmm freshness.

 
Ah, summer.  I love making breakfast in the summer, sitting outside enjoying a fresh cup of coffee, and looking out into my wooded backyard.  Fresh air, birds chirping, and lush plants make it such a pleasure to be alive.  We live a few blocks away from the Krause Berry Farms and I am a sucker for fresh fruit.  We make smoothies or put the fresh berries into sparkling wine at breakfast (if we don’t have mimosas mind you).  But the best is fresh fruit on home made waffles with fresh whipped cream.  

During our travels, we do our best to stay at hotels that offer breakfast.  A few years ago we noticed that there was often these waffle irons and waffle batter available to make in the mornings at most hotels.  Much better than stale donuts and toast.  When we got home, we ended up buying a flipable waffle iron for us to use.  It has gotten such a good work out, we bought a second one in order to make twice as many waffles in half the time.

 

Chocolate cake mix waffles. So good.

 
Now, here’s a little secret I learned for making amazing waffles:  Use a boxed cake mix.  Chocolate cake waffles end up tasting like cupcakes.  Even a lemon cake mix stays light and fluffy in the middle. Serve with some ice cream and fresh blue berries or strawberries for a wonderful summer brunch.  Now I’m hungry…

This summer, feel free to come over for some brunch, I’d love to cook for all my friends!