Saturday, January 3, 2009

Vegan Christmas - Part 2: Vegan Belgian Waffles


Growing up, morning's in my house were less than sensational. My little sister and I each had a fair amount of quirky tenacity that always spiced life up a bit. A typical AM before elementary school usually involved one of the following:

A) My father and I getting into an argument because, for some reason as an 8-year-old, I refused to brush the back of my hair. I would brush the front and sides, leaving the back in a knotted, fro-ed, cow-licked mess...and I liked it that way.

B) My mother bribing my little sister with either an M&M or a dime to use the bathroom before she hopped on the bus, because she firmly refused to use the bathroom at school. She would rather come home whining with stomach cramps before risking certain embarrassment in the Akiva Academy little girl's room. I still fondly remember the gum-ball machine full of dimes on her dresser that she probably cashed in for the hot new Polly Pocket of '92.

C) Sunday morning screaming matches between parents and children because we quite simply could not bear another week of Sunday School. I can look back and laugh at many of my childhood idiosyncrasies, but not this one. Mom and Dad, if you read my blog, Sunday School at Rodef Sholom was the equivalent of being forcefully subjected to 1,000 witch nails scratching chalkboards while trapped in a cage in Death Valley. You still couldn't pay me to go. Several times, my dad had to pull me from the back seat of the car while I dug my nails into the seat cushion so deeply that I left scratch marks.

But enough from the negative perspective. We definitely had our share of joyous early risings...particularly if mom was making breakfast. For years, her specialty was French Toast. She knew just the right combination of batter, bread and frying time. Then, for one of my parent's anniversaries, my dad bought her a full-on professional waffle maker. Unfortunately for me, I'd already moved 3,000 miles away from Youngstown to Los Angeles. I finally got my chance to have my way with that waffle maker, and we made hot, sweet love all Christmas morning. I walked out of the kitchen sweaty and satisfied...a far cry from the Sunday School mornings, indeed.

16 comments:

Miss Brenaya said...

Cannot wait to make these. You make me want to unpack my waffle iron, and I will as soon as I deal with this sink issue and a few of the other hazards of moving 2000 miles. I am sure my husband will love them. Bless your soul and happy new year. ~Brenaya

Miss Brenaya said...

Thank you Miss Jenn:
I think you are the very first to link me and I am thrilled. Also, I was looking at your holiday menu and I am more than delighted! To answer your question, I have been out-of-state for six years and I am happy happy happy to be back in my homeland again. Excellent blog Jenn, I love it. ~Brenaya

I ♥ puggies said...

I laughed so hard at your sunday school story! That was the same at my house.... I hated church. Even if they had me at gun point, my parents couldn't make me go again. I also laughed out loud at the thought of you making hot, sweet love to the waffle iron. You're so funny!

quarrygirl said...

i have never had a vegan waffle...can you believe it?!?!?! um..what are you doing this weekend? LOL.

have i told you that your writing/storytelling is the bomb?

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

You & your Mimicreme! I'd be happy to chow down on these. Can I just come dine at your house?

Mihl said...

Wow, these look just...perfect!

anudivya said...

I so wish I had a waffle maker at home right now... looks amazing!

Miss Brenaya said...

Dear Jenn:
Thank you for responding regarding vital wheat gluten. From your posts, it looked to me as if Arrow Mills just calls the product vital wheat gluten and Bob's brand identifies the same as vital wheat gluten flour. If you have used both, and they both work the same then it sounds like as far as marketing and packaging are concerned they we're okay. Technically, I understand there is a difference, but it looks like the easy to access products on the shelf are all the flour regardless of subtle packaging differences. I just purchased some of Bob's the other day for the first time, and I am rather excited (and focused) on it as you can tell. I don't know what took me so long.

Miss Brenaya said...

I am keeping my vital wheat gluten flour in the refrigerator because that is what I do with all my wheat flours. Do you think this is silly?

tofufreak said...

WOHOHOHOHOHOHO!!!! i am like so blown away. eeep i'm craving waffles majorly now! haha.
any substitutes for mimicreme though?
also, are you from youngstown, OH?

tofuparty said...

Well as a Belgian, I really should give them a try. But I don't have a waffle iron. After seeing this now I really wan't to have one.

Alisa said...

Those look insanely good!

Adriana said...

My god! That is all.

Glauce Lucas said...

Hi, loved your recipes! I'm starting to follow your blog. Take care ;o)

LadyBugs said...

Girrrl...These recipes are KICKASS! I too share in your passion for good food and can’t wait to put my own spin on some of these great ideas! Seriously, you rock! I’ve had so much fun looking through your posts. Take care, Anne

JennShaggy said...

Thanks, Anne :) That was really nice. I definitely do my best!