The first summer I arrived in Boston, a Baylor friend who relocated to the blustery north a few years before I did told me of the mythical New England winters. How cold are we talking? I asked. Give it to me straight. I could only trust another Texan, with equally thin blood running through her jalapeno-soaked veins.
Once you have the equipment, she said, in a hushed voice, it’s not so bad. It’s the endurance that can be a problem. Around late March, you start to ask yourself, ‘How long can this go on? Am I in some kind of wintery Twilight Zone?”
Well, she was right. No matter how many floaty scarves and ankle socks I buy in shades of pink, the season won’t turn. Forget the snow–it’s the relentless wind. Newton, MA was rated the fourth windiest city in America, so you can be sure I’m not dramatizing things (heh).
Really, it’s not so bad as all that. If there’s anything I’ve learned, it’s that New England folk get a kick out of riling up us Texan folk. I can take the cold, the wind, and even the piles of snow, as long as we get to eat these for lunch.
Regular old waffles!!
A couple of weeks ago, during the Great Blizzard of 2013, also known as Nemo, the Roomz (2) and I whipped these up between rounds of snow shoveling. I adapted the recipe from Alton Brown’s, according to what we had in the house, then made a few of my own tweaks. Next time: chocolate chips and marshmallows.
What? Don’t look at me like that.
Homestyle Vanilla and Pomegranate and Walnut Waffles
Adapted from Alton Brown’s Basic Waffle Recipe
2 cups flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 Tablespoons sugar
3 eggs, beaten
2 oz. butter, melted
16 oz. 2% milk
½ teaspoon vanilla
½ cup pomegranate seeds
¼ cup walnuts, toasted and chopped
1. Heat waffle iron. Set oven to 250 F.
2. Melt butter.
3. Mix dry ingredients in mixing bowl.
4. Beat sugar and butter together in separate bowl. Beat in eggs. Add milk.
5. Add wet ingredients to dry.
6. Separate into two bowls. To one bowl, add vanilla and stir. To second bowl, add pomegranate and walnuts.
7. Cook according to waffle iron instructions. Keep prepared waffles in warm oven until ready to serve.
8. Serve with warm maple syrup, butter, and powdered sugar.