Monday, January 30, 2012

Blueberry Waffles

I'm doing a pretty crappy job of sticking to my new year's resolutions. That alcohol-free January turned into a couple beers at a pub on Saturday night and while I may have been laying low on the baking end of things, I've been consuming more than my fair share of sugar via sauces and marinades lately. Sigh.

There is one resolution I'm holding strong to, though. Naturally, the one that sticks is the one that involves making and eating food.

This year, I resolved to set aside one weekend morning a month for homemade breakfast production. Restaurant-style. I made this one of my resolutions because I so often ignore breakfast as a fun time to experiment in the kitchen and I'm constantly bookmarking vegan breakfast recipes that I never really end up making.

I actually almost forgot about this resolution, too, but thankfully remembered at the last minute, with just one weekend remaining in the month.

The last few breakfasts that I have actually made have been of the savoury variety, so for January's Breakfast-of-the-Month I decided to go with sweet. I recruited the help of VeganYumYum, stole my mom's waffle iron, and got to work on a snowy Sunday morning.

This recipe calls for vegan blueberry yogurt, so it presents the perfect opportunity to gush about my latest product addiction - coconut milk yogurt! So Delicious Coconut Milk Yogurt might be old news to those of you south of the border, but this container of magical goodness has just now found its way into my neck of the woods.

If you follow me on Twitter you might remember a TwitPic from a couple weeks back, featuring a vegan yogurt breakfast parfait from Cafe Pyrus in downtown Kitchener.

I ordered the parfait and one of their lovely staff members brought it to our table. I savoured the first couple bites before sharing one with Paul and he looked at me kind of funny before saying, "Are we sure this is vegan? This can't be vegan." It tasted so much like traditional yogurt that we thought we maybe got confused while reading the daily specials and ordered ourselves a non-vegan dish (which the odds were not in favour of - Cafe Pyrus is 99% vegan). In panic, I went up to the counter to ask and they showed me the So Delicious container, which proudly boasts the "V" for Vegan symbol on the side.


Of all the things you learn to (and then happily) live without when going vegan, yogurt doesn't usually rank all that high on the list. I mean, yogurt? But honestly, after four years without, it turns out that I forgot just how much I used to like eating yogurt.

The problem now is that this product is not necessarily cheap and I am eating entirely too much of it. Although Yogurt Spoons have replaced Peanut Butter Spoons in my snack repertoire and that is certainly a move in the right direction.

Now, before I continue, I have a confession to make. The only kind of waffle I've ever made is the one that goes from the freezer aisle to the freezer to the toaster. And because I thieved the waffle maker, I didn't have an instruction booklet or any sort of working knowledge about how to operate it. My many thanks to those on Twitter for walking me through the process!

Lauren Ulm of VeganYumYum tops these waffles with a lemon icing. I didn't have enough icing sugar to make it. Instead we opted for agave nectar, because those freezer aisle-freezer-toaster waffles I used to eat were always topped with honey, and golden syrup is what I most associate with this kind of breakfast. From there we topped them with fresh fruit and packed 'em back in our pajamas while making our way through the Lost series for the millionth time.

Waffles are a little annoying to make with a single-serving waffle iron like the one I used, because there's no way to do a bunch and then sit down for a leisurely breakfast. They take about 5-10 minutes apiece to make, and they don't stay warm for very long. You have to eat those suckers piping hot, right off the iron, while the next one is cooking up. But that's okay, too.

If you don't have a copy of VeganYumYum, you can also find this recipe for blueberry waffles here, on Lauren's blog.


Kim said...

Oh Mary - don't be so hard on yourself. So you had a few beers on Sunday - you realise the month is pretty much over right? You have some great resolutions, give yourself credit for what you achieved. It's all about baby steps.
And yea... coconut yogurt, we've been on that band wagon too. Yumtastic!
Those waffles look *amazing*. Sure wish I had a waffle iron ;p

Meg said...

yummt looks good. I find it really hard to find good vegan recipes to make for myself. Thanks for the tips

Sarah said...

On an unrelated note, I love your 'cookbook roatation' idea so much (well, partly because I'm in trouble with my Husband for buying too many cookbooks and not making full enough use of them), that I've started a list of all the interesting recipes from each cookbook and then I write whether or not it was a good recipe next to it once we make it.

Sarah B @ Bake + Bike said...

Mmm waffles. Like you, I've been trying to expand my breakfast repertoire and have been experimenting with pancakes, mainly...perhaps I should make the leap into waffle-making!

I'm not a huge fan of the coconut milk yoghurt (sampled it at the health food store I work at) but it's still awesome to have a vegan option - just curious, do you prefer the coconut or soy-based ones?

Mary said...

Kim - Ah, I'm notoriously hard on myself for everything! And yes, I was so happy to find out my mom had one. I wasn't about to go out and buy one, because honestly it's the last thing I need, but I also really wanted to try this recipe!

Meg - It gets easier with time! Glad to be of help :)

Sarah - The rotation is the only way for me to guarantee that I don't use the same book all the time, and in turn cook the same meals all the same time. I use brightly coloured stickers and then do a blind pick of a sticky, open it up to the recipe, and that's what we make that week. It's been great for encouraging me to cook outside my comfort zone. Glad to see using a rotation has helped you too!

Sarah B - Interestingly I'm not a fan of soy yogurt at all, although to be fair I've only tried one or two brands. They aren't all that easy to find around here. The ones I've tried have all tasted a bit be fair, though, I'm also not big on soy milk so that could have something to do with it. As for waffles, they are really only a small jump from pancakes. Actually, I find them quite a bit easier - less "flipping" incidents, that's for sure!

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