Thursday, July 1, 2010

Waffles


I consider myself a fairly good photographer... definitely not a pro, but I take some pretty darn good shots.  This blog has been challenging me though.  I have a new respect for food "artists" and food photographers.  Trying to take into account the scene, background, lighting and then getting the food arranged to make it look pretty just puts me over the top!  Give me a good landscape or smiling kid any day.  Today, luckily, I had a food designer to make my job easier.  After requesting waffles for her healthy, pre-dance marathon day breakfast, Olivia suggested that we take a picture of the waffles for our new blog.  Good thinking, I thought! 

I promptly whipped out my camera and shot the waffles on the wire rack.  "No, no, no!"  I was told.  "Mom... take a picture of this!"  And there it was, a beautifully arranged plate with fruit added for color and a dollop of whipped cream added for "decoration".  All I had to do was pick up the camera and shoot!  We'll let you be the judge, but I'm thinking shot #2 is far more appealing than shot #1!  I guess those food photographers have it easier than I thought... so long as the have a designer.  




In any case, our waffle breakfast was divine.  This waffle recipe has evolved over the years from of a number of recipes that we have tried.  I guess we could even call it our own creation!  As breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day, we try to make our high carb meal as healthy as possible.  Liv is a fairly picky eater and I have a hard time getting the appropriate proteins and calcium into her.  While this waffle recipe is no substitute for a scrambled egg and a glass of milk, it does give her a good start to the day with some grains, a bit of calcium and some protein.  She is here to say that along with her fruit and whipped cream (not my idea!) she made it through her 3 hours of dance rehearsals this morning with energy to spare!

Waffles
adapted by Kim & Olivia

1/2 cup yogurt
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup milk
2 eggs
1 1/2 Tbs vegetable oil
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup oat bran
1 cup All Purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
sprinkle of cinnamon

In a large bowl combine the first 6 ingredients (yogurt through vanilla).  Whisk to blend.  In another bowl combine the next 7 ingredients (whole wheat flour through cinnamon).  Stir to combine.  Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix just until combined, taking care not to over mix.

Follow the directions for your waffle maker and cook waffles.  Enjoy with warm syrup and fruit... topped with whipped cream of course!

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