Saturday, November 26, 2011

Fresh Waffles

Waffles with warm blackberry compote

Being at the farm usually puts me in the mood to cook. I think it's the combination of having someone to cook for and having so much extra kitchen space. Mom mentioned that she had some whole wheat flower to make rolls with (which we've not ended up having to make) so I suggested we use some of it up with some waffles using my favorite recipe from Alton Brown. I've done both these and his Chocolate Waffle Recipe (which Gayle and I did a side-by-side comparison of one day) and there was just no comparison - the regular waffles were just way better (and when you add some mini chocolate chips to the batter and chocolate syrup over them - they are far more chocolatey than the chocolate waffles. (But I digress).  Mom had also picked up some fresh blackberries so I soaked those in about a 1/4 cup of sugar since yesterday afternoon and then brought them to a boil with about a 1/2 cup of simple syrup (1/2 c water and 1/2 c sugar) then turned it down and let it reduce while the waffles were being prepared.  Add a little butter and you have warm, delicious yumminess that was fabulous.  (I do doctor Alton's recipe just slightly by adding just a bit of nutmeg and about a teaspoon of cinnamon).

We caught some early morning sunshine this morning and grabbed a couple of other HDR shots (I have a whole post on my HDR photography adventure with Diana and her friend Dianne coming soon).  I wasn't really happy with my results this morning, but this shot with the frosty grass and the fog peaking up over the gravestones and the highway in the break in the trees wasn't too bad.


While the light wasn't great for the HDR shots I was going for, it was pretty good for capturing a few shots of my beautiful girl. We had a bit of a wonky night of sleep - made worse by the fact that Lindsay has a sore leg. It seems like every time she stays with Grandma and Grandpa we require a trip to the vet afterwards for some ailment. This time, it's a sprained ankle according to Dr. Jeff - the vet that mom and dad use (and I used before I moved). Was good to see him and hopefully Lindsay will start to feel better soon.



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