Tuesday, August 23, 2011

We interrupt this program...

...to show you some snippets from this past week. Oh, and share some waffles with you.

I can't get enough of watching windmills. I don't know what it is with them but, especially when they're in action, I think they have the power to hypnotize me.

Rotterdam is the second largest city in The Netherlands and the largest port in Europe. It is a busy, vibrant, multicultural city but in the middle of all the hustle and bustle, you can find this. Het Park. The Park.

There's nothing more relaxing than going for a walk around this park. It's so calm, so serene.

Texel island in North Holland. The scenery of this island is breathtaking.

Dunes and fields of purple flowers.

The beach at sunset.

Sea shells creeping out of the sand.

The sky.

The seals at Ecomare.

Texel is famous for its sheep and of course, their wool.

Texel, where the strawberries are plenty and strawberry jam is perhaps the most delicious I have ever tasted.

Case in point. The breakfast of the last couple of mornings. Bread with butter and strawberry jam. See? Whole strawberries!

And waffles with strawberry jam.

S gave me a waffle iron last month as a present and I have been going crazy making waffles ever since. They're so quick to prepare and so unbelievably tasty, they're verging on sinful.

Crispy yet soft, fluffy, light and slightly sweet, they are perfect with honey, strawberry jam or fresh fruit, for breakfast. Topped with chocolate spread and/or ice cream, they make the ideal dessert.
And if you're feeling a bit adventurous, add some parmesan cheese in the batter and serve them with onion jam. They make a mean snack or appetizer.

The only limit is your imagination and trust me, you'll become addicted to these waffles in no time. Which of course can only be a good thing, right?

Classic Waffles

This recipe is quite light on eggs, butter and sugar so you can splurge on the toppings. Be generous and creative.

If you enjoy the flavor of vanilla, you can add a teaspoon of pure vanilla extract to the batter.

Yield: 14-16 standard-sized waffles

300 g all-purpose flour
1 heaped tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
85 g caster sugar
100 g unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 large eggs
500 ml whole milk

Vegetable oil for oiling the waffle iron

Special equipment: waffle iron

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
Create a well in the middle and add the sugar, eggs and melted butter.
Add the milk gradually while whisking together all the ingredients.
When you have added all the milk, whisk vigorously to break up any lumps in the batter. In the end, you should have a slightly thick and smooth batter.
Let it stand for about 1 hour, covered with a clean tea towel.

Lightly oil and preheat your waffle iron.

Whisk the batter and add a portion of it in the waffle iron. (Portion depends on the size of your waffle iron). Ensure that the batter fills all grooves and close the lid. Don't open it for a couple of minutes because the waffles need time to set and create a skin. If you open the iron, the waffles might break up.
Cook them for 4 minutes or until they have taken on a golden color.
Take them out with the help of a rubber spatula and continue cooking the rest.

Serve them immediately, as they tend to go soggy fairly quickly. Top them with jam, honey, syrup, preserves, chocolate spread, fresh fruit, ice cream or anything your heart desires.

You can keep the batter in the refrigerator for a couple of days, in an airtight container.


  1. Gorgeous photos of your explorations! And those waffles! Cannot wait to get my waffle iron when our stuff is finally delivered and we can move in! There will be waffles galore!

  2. Thank you Nicole! You're still waiting for your stuff to be shipped back from Rome?? Wow!

  3. What a beautiful week. The seal looks so content and those whole strawberries in the jam are lovely. Wishing you more and more fun with your iron.

  4. I love watching windmills too. Lovely blue sky and gorgeous pictures.

  5. GORGEOUS!! Looks like such a wonderful trip.

  6. What a joy to find this in my inbox first thing in the morning! The photos are delicious and the recipe sounds really good - much lighter than my own. I can't wait to try them when we get back from Italy! Thanks, as ever, Magda!

  7. nice post .. i like the waffle w/ strawberry fillings .. thanks for sharing ..

  8. the travel photos are breath taking! And the waffles? Can I come for breakfast? ;)

  9. Beautiful pics! It's so interesting to see other parts of the world like this. I've really been enjoying your blog, and so I've decided to award you with the Versatile Blogger Award. Hope you'll come and grab it!

  10. Lovely photos and delicious-looking waffles!!

  11. Always fun and interesting to come visit you here and see not only appetizing food (love waffles!) but sights as well!

  12. What a wonderful blog site I have found! My Dutch partner and I have spent a lot of time in these places and love them all. He now lives with me here in Nashville, TN but we visit often as his Mother lives in the heart of Amsterdam. Texel is one of my favorite places to visit. Thanks for sharing these wonderful images. Wouter makes his pancakes which I have blogged on in the past. Just signed up so I can follow what you are doing in The Netherlands.

  13. Love all the Photos, and wow, that beach is one beautiful beach! I would move there in a second if I had the opportunity !

  14. What a beautiful country you live in! I love northern European countries, but only know Amsterdam in the Netherlands. I must visit. Love the idea of savory waffles.