Monday, January 21, 2008

The Best Buttermilk Waffles and my Rock Chic!

Every once in a while in the Rode-Chong household, we have ‘family-initiative’ cook-offs – what this means is, every family member gets involved in the food prep and the cooking itself. We have had ‘Sushi evenings’, ‘Popiah afternoons’ and last Saturday, we decided to make waffles for breakfast together. We got up bright and early and still in our PJs, we scurried downstairs into the kitchen. Unfortunately, the photos that follow only show Paige and I in action, as we look better in the morning compared to Ming, and Chloe insisted on being photographed only if she’s washed and dressed. Hhumppph! Teens!

The waffle making process.. separating the eggs, buttermilk makes the waffles sooooo flavorsome! Paige was really getting into it!

Whisking the egg whites... adding cornflour into the waffle batter makes it crisp on the outside and soft on the inside! That's me on the right. What? were you hoping to see me with sleep lines all over my face??!

1. The naked waffle...

2. with the delicious dollop...

3. Ta.......Da! Sink your teeth into this! ...a drizzle of maple syrup and a dusting of powdered sugar to finish off...

Here is the recipe for the Buttermilk Waffles we made;

2 cups all purpose flour
½ cup corn flour
2 cups buttermilk
8 tbsp melted butter
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
4 eggs, separated
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Lightly whisk the dry ingredients together. Add the egg yolks to the buttermilk and blend well. Add the dry ingredients into the buttermilk mixture, then the melted butter and beat with a few quick strokes, then fold in the beaten eggwhites.
Heat up the waffle iron and bake the waffles according to the manufacturer’s instructions till golden. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream and maple syrup.

Earlier in the month, we celebrated Chloe’s 14th Birthday – she had wanted a guitar for a while now, so we granted her wish. She sure looks good with the guitar draped over her shoulders. I wish I were more like her when I was 14, beautiful and confident. I have to admit, I’m living vicariously through my daughters!

The only problem is, we really need to get her some lessons soon. We’ve been watching ‘Friends’ re-runs lately, and hearing Phoebe belt out …
“Smelly cat, smelly cat, what are they feeding you?!
Smelly cat, smelly cat, it’s not your fau…lt…!”
… So guess what Chloe’s been singing?? Go figure...

Boy, was she strummin' ma pain! Ouch! classes soon for sure!


Patricia Scarpin said...

Carol, what a lovely post!
Next time I need a special sous chef I know who to call! :)

Sylvia said...

Beautiful all Carol ,as always.
Your daughter is a copy xerox of you ;)

Big Boys Oven said...

oh thanks for sharing this recipe! lovely!

Brilynn said...

Those waffles look absolutely perfect! I left my waffle machine at home when I moved, :( I miss it.

Joy said...

Yeah, I would have chosen a heart-shaped waffle maker as well if I could have found one. What we have is a round one, but Thom loves it when I make waffles - with bananas, vanilla ice cream, slivered almonds or walnuts and toffee sauce. Yum.

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Ashley said...

Rock on, Chloe!
And Carol, these waffle photos are making my mouth water! I have maple syrup from my last trip to Canada... and I think it is begging me to make these waffles! Though I don't have the cutsie heart machine ;)

Belinda said...

Hahaha....I'm sure Chloe sounds heaps better than Phoebe did on Friends!! Please pass a Happy Belated Birthday onto her for me :oP

How have you been lovely Carol? Cooking/baking delectable treats - those waffles look super delish (but what doesn't on your blog?!)

I've been rather blog lazy, but have started up again now.

See you soon???


singairishgirl said...

Oh wow, thanks for the recipe. Looks lovely, and I like the adding of the cornflour bit to make it crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.

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Happy cook said...

I love waffels.
I too make them at home.
You can check out in my blog. I had posted months back.
You heart shape looks soo nice.
And you do have a beautiful daughter

Ming the Merciless said...
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Ming the Merciless said...

The waffles look delicious!! I love waffles, especially on a warm summer morning.

Is that a dollop of whipped butter or ice-cream on the waffle??

Chloe looks great with her guitar.

daphne said...

oh Carol! What beautiful waffles!

I watched that same epi of Friends and as I read the lyrics, i hv that song in my head! AHHH...... ;p

And i'm looking forward to more information about your classes!

daphne said...

hey Carol! hehe.. thanks for the advice and comment and yes! Why haven't we met for coffee?

my email address is we shld arrange something!

and yes! Christian Pre-marital classes has been arranged. That was the first thing on the top of our list. =) We are receiving lots of counseling and mentoring since being engaged. PLUS lots of books! hahaha.. i dont think we will ever be all prepared but at least we are trying. =)

Dhanggit said...

your daughter and her guitar reminds me of my hubby when i gave his guitar wish gift..i was also too eager he got his lessons..hahaha
i think its always inspiring to cook with your get to spend lots of lovely time with them :-)

ps, congrats on your macaron photo!!when i saw you send that as an entry i knew you will definitely be compensated :-) congrats again

Annemarie said...

I don't have waffles anywhere near as much as I do pancakes, but each time I see some I think: that's such an oversite on my part.

Ti said...

I never try to make waffles before, those looks so yummy... Hmmm.... mouth watering

Kate / Kajal said...

I surely want to sink my teeth in those waffles right now!!! They look too good for words. I'm sure the gals relished them.
You have beautiful daughters.

Moments said...


Hi Carol, your blog looks even more fantastic every single time I visit!! I guess the artistic blood is running in each of your family members :-)
btw, i just updated my photo blog.

Have a great day!!

Cakespy said...

YUM that naked waffle is awfully sexy! :-)

SteamyKitchen said...

Go rocker chic go!

Passionate baker...& beyond said...

Carol...your waffles rock!! I'd better put my waffle maker to good use. have bookmarked this recipe...yummilicious!!

The Cooking Ninja said...

I love waffles and yours looks fantastic. Your girls are so beautiful just like their mama.

Btw: congrats on your win. :)

Dwiana P said...

she reminds me with my sister. She loves playing guitar too. she is pretty by the way.

Christy said...

My mummy always loved waffles too!!:)
And your daughter is pretty:D

Nora B. said...

Dear Carol,
Those buttermilk waffles sure look good. Any breakfast item that requires more than pressing the lever of the toaster is my partner's job. He is the Sunday breakfast cook, and I don't intend to take over that role :-)

Happy belated birthday to Chloe, I hope that she learns a few new songs for Mom's sake ;-)

I just read your comment about the cooking class...sorry, yes I must have been quite tired when I read your post. When do you start teaching?

x Nora

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A great post! Thanks for sharing.

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