I have been binge watching Stranger Things, hence the waffles! When I was a kid Eggo’s were kind of a breakfast staple. My mom loved them and and so did I. Celiac disease doesn’t allow for this childhood indulgence and since I am not a fan of the whole GF frozen waffle scene I had to come up with some creative way to satisfy my craving. 3 things happened that led to this breakfast creation.
First off it’s autumn which means my counters are overrun with squash. The other night I cooked a few too many and happened to have a couple sitting in my fridge. When I went hunting for toppings for my waffles I was struck with a great idea. Why not dress up this box of mix I happened to have? Now I’m sure any type of squash or pumpkin will work out (honestly can’t stand pumpkin, I much prefer the mild squashes). For this recipe I used a sweet dumpling that had been cooked whole. They are one of my top 3 favorites! If you have never had one cooking them whole brings out a chestnut type flavour. This squash is on the sweet side so I often eat it completely plain with a dusting of cinnamon.
Second: My new food fetish is cashew cream. Of course I have had it many times over the years but always at a restaurant; never considering making it myself. It’s usually served over some extravagant dessert that i would never make at home, then the other night I was out with friends. My stuffed zucchini was topped with a savory cashew cream! Wow! So i came home and looked up how to make it. It’s that easy? Okay HAVE to try this; presto! I am now obsessed. I have been using it in everything from breakfast to dessert.
Lastly a couple weeks ago we went to this awesome little lavender farm in Hamilton. There we made away with a few fantastic products one of which was a lavender honey. I have to say this farm had more to offer than most, they have a wide range of good quality lavender products. What sold me was the fact that when offered a sample of a cantaloupe lavender jam my reply of “no thankyou I have celiac disease” was met with a smile and a “good thing we use gluten free crackers then”. Yep I am in love with this place!
Okay, you sat through my ramblings of what led up to this dish that had my entire family fighting over the leftovers so I think it’s time to share 🙂