Happy Sunday, friends! I hope you’ve been having as great of a weekend as we have. I can’t even really believe how much we fit in Saturday as I’m sitting here reflecting about it. It was such an awesome day! Will slept in as I went into the Humane Society to continue working in the cattery. I’m now only a couple steps away from graduating to the next level, which means interaction with the cats and getting to come in to work during Purrtime. I’m super excited about what new opportunities are just around the corner. After I wrapped up at the Humane Society, I came home and cleaned up (cleaning cages and litter boxes/food bowls is not a pretty job) and off we went to Seattle to….
Meet Sally! From Sally’s Baking Addiction! For those of you who read the blog often, you know that Sally is one of my favorite bloggers, by far. I bow down to her dessert recipes, as they are absolute perfection. She’s currently touring the US in promotion of her new book, Sally’s Candy Addiction and has started off in the PNW hitting up Seattle on Saturday, Portland today, and Seattle again tomorrow. The lady in front of me in line couldn’t believe I came “all the way” from Tacoma to meet her, to which my response was “duh, of course I did.” (For the record, Tacoma’s only about an hour from Seattle, so it’s really NBD.) Sally couldn’t have been nicer and she even had her husband along for this leg of the trip! She asked which recipe was my favorite (I choked and said “all of them!” Super cool, kids), our love of the East Coast, and generally about food blogging. She insisted I have to buy Lindsey’s photography book (I know I do) and was not weirded out when I told her that I refer to her, amongst other favorite bloggers, by their first name, as if we’re friends. I told her a little about Cooking With Willis and she liked the concept of the blog! Major proud moment on my part. Anywho, it was an overwhelmingly positive experience and you should see if she’s coming to your city!
After meeting Sally, we wandered around the shopping center, pretending we had the same amount of cashflow as the young Seattlites around us did, by perusing Anthropologie and Crate & Barrel, two of our favorites. We sipped our Starbucks (NOT PSL), and proudly only left with a new dish towel from Anthro (featured in this post, obvi). We then piled back in the car and hit the road back to Tacoma, ensuring to beat *most* of the bad storms we were having and the majority of flooding in Tacoma.
Upon our return, we waited out some of the storm, before trekking over to Doyle’s to watch the USA v. Mexico game with our Spurs friends. And what a match is was! Holy soccer, Americans. When the game first kicked off, satellite went out in the bar and we all waited with baited breath and streamed through our phones. Luckily, the TV came back right before Mexico scored it’s first goal and we were able to celebrate and share sorrow throughout the very up-and-down game. The USA lost, which was a fair result since Mexico played the better match. Overall, it was an extremely exciting game and it was fun to get to hang out with our Spurs friends not at o-dark-thirty in the morning.
This recipe! Yes, waffles, that’s why you clicked here. Another solid recipe from King Arthur Flour in Vermont. We had leftover buttermilk from a recipe we made earlier in the week and figured we needed to determine a way to use it for a brunch recipe. We turned to our trusty King Arthur Flour cookbook and voilà! There it was: Classic Buttermilk Waffles. We had *just* the right amount of buttermilk for the recipe, so it was clearly destiny. Topped with fresh banana, Diamond walnuts that we got as a promo from Sally (they’re sponsoring her book tour), and a drizzle of maple syrup, these are the perfect way to cure a soccer-induced hangover on a Sunday!
Cooking Notes: We used regular unbleached all-purpose flour instead of pastry flour (if you use pastry, use 2 cups). We also used brown sugar instead of regular sugar…because we’re out of regular sugar, hah! You also have the option to add 1/2 cup pecan meal, which we did not and instead enjoyed the walnuts on top!
Buttermilk Waffles (makes 8 waffles)
2 large eggs
1 3/4 cups buttermilk
1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled to room temp
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
Banana, sliced into rounds
In a medium bowl, beat together the eggs, buttermilk, melted butter, and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt together. In one of the bowls, combine the wet and the dry ingredients, until smooth.
Coat the waffle iron with a non-stick substance, like coconut oil or nonstick cooking spray, before preheating it. For an 8″-round waffle iron, use about 1/3 cup batter. Pour batter on warmed waffle iron and cook for 2-3 minutes or until steam stops (or your green light comes on, like our Cuisinart model). Serve with banana slices, walnuts and maple syrup and enjoy!