My contribution to the dinner was dessert. Chocolate fondue. We received a chocolate fountain as a Christmas gift from a family in Germany (their daughter was an exchange student here in 2006 and lived with us). A chocolate fountain is not something that I would have ever purchased for us but thought it would add a fun element to special occasions. Not only did we get the fountain, but they also sent chocolate to use in it. Really good German chocolate.
So dinner is over and I excuse myself from the table to begin the preparations for dessert. It doesn't take me long to realize there is something I forgot to consider.....the electrical plug-in. They don't operate on 110 in Germany like we do. I realized the fountain wasn't going to work. So it would be necessary to improvise.
Improvise I did and it turned out fine. Melt the chocolate, prep the fruit and cake then call everyone into the kitchen to enjoy. Mmmm. Adding a dark melted chocolate to strawberries, pineapple, bananas, pound cake and even marshmallows adds a special element.
Now to today. It's a new day and a new year. B3 had a friend sleepover last night and I promised them I would make waffles for breakfast. A late breakfast. More like a 10:00 brunch. Know what? It's 10:30 as I type this and they're still sound asleep.
Lawman and I enjoyed the breakfast/brunch without them. I realized as I was getting my ingredients out that I was out of flour. Completely out. So again it would be necessary to improvise. So I did. And, since I mentioned here that I wanted to replace refined flours with whole grains, it worked out great. I found an open bag of whole wheat flour and that's what I used. Waffles turned out great. Lawman and I liked them but the real taste test will come when the girls wake up. I'm not going to mention that I used something other than regular flour and see if they even notice.
Here's the waffle recipe.
- 2 cups flour (whole wheat)
- 1 T sugar (optional)
- 3 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 3 eggs, well beaten
- 2 c. milk
- 1/2 c. butter, melted
Sift dry ingredients together. Combine eggs and milk and slowly add to dry ingredients. Add butter; stir until just blended. Pour onto lightly oiled, hot waffle griddle and cook until golden. Serves 6-8.
With the improvising I've done in the past 24 hours, I'm wondering if that's a sign of things to come during 2009. I would say it's making do with what I have on hand and that's about keeping life simple. As Martha Stewart would say, "That's a good thing."