Learning With Maya, Episode 6: How To Live That Easy Waffle Life
By Maya Malan-Gonzalez
Have you ever looked at certain cooking appliances and thought, “oh my god, I want one of those! And when I have this thing, I’ll make all these awesome memories, I’ll be the best host ever and impress with my stellar cookin n shit.” And ok, maybe you don’t really need this thing and maybe you won’t use it that often, but you still want it, you want the future memories, you want to eat whatever it is that appliance makes, you want to imagine yourself as a glorious chef.
Rewind to when I was making a wedding registry at Target and I come across a waffle maker . Should I add a waffle maker to my registry? On the one hand, we have a small apartment, with a small kitchen. We are also actually encouraging guests to contribute to our honeymoon fund through Zola …. So in terms of kitchen appliances I should probably only put things on the list we actually need. On the other hand, how does one determine whether or not they need a waffle maker?
Here’s what I know. I was working on a project at El Teatro Campesino and Christy Sandoval set up a little table with a cute little mickey Mouse waffle maker, waffle batter and a bomb ass spread that included syrup, nutella, fruit, and whipped cream. Ya’ll, this waffle spread rocked my day. And every time I’m at a hotel with a waffle maker at their free breakfast, I’m not gonna lie I always get really excited. And no matter how much you dress them up, frozen waffles just aren’t as good. So fuck it, I wanna be an awesome host and make an awesome waffle spread. I NEED a waffle maker.
Fast forward to our wedding, when the awesome Katrina Valdez and and fam hook it up with a waffle maker!!! Lakin wasn’t super excited about the waffle maker, he obviously didn’t get it and clearly was unable to see all the amazingly yummy waffle meals we would have.
But as life would have it, we got married in August and… well, sometimes it takes a minute to take something out of the box and well… then I gotta like google a waffle recipe… y tu sabes… it’s the type of thing that you keep saying, “next week I’ll try out the waffle maker and make some waffles” but then you go to the grocery store and you’re like… “ay, I’m tired, I don’t wanna make anything new right now.” So Thank you Bloggo for inspiring me to finally learn how to make waffles.
I hit up Christy to get her waffle batter recipe and she comes through with the easiest directions ever. I pull out the waffle maker, which also has the simplest instructions!
Per Christy’s instructions, you really just get a box of waffle mix (which only requires the addition of an egg or two, some oil and water- or milk depending on what box of mix you get). But then Christy does this thing that I loooooove. She adds some cinnamon and vanilla extract.
My batter came out a little liquidy…. I followed the instructions, so let’s see how they turn out.
Now that we’ve got the batter ready, it’s time to open that damn box and setup that fabulous waffle making machine. For me, this literally just means plugging it in. When it’s warm, a little light goes on. You spray the waffle iron thing with like spray oil or butter, pour the batter, turn the iron 180 degrees. Then there’s another little light that comes on when it’s finished. When that light comes on, you turn the thing back 180 degrees and open up that baby. And bonus! My little waffle maker has a little dial on the front side to help you select your preferable level of toastiness.
It took me about four tries to get it just right. I kept forgetting about the damn spray. Or I was too excited to try again and the light wasn’t on yet. By the third try, I decided it needed more batter than just the little cup, because it wasn’t quite filling up. To be honest, it wasn’t until the fourthish try that I even noticed the toasty dial- it was on 3, which was good, but I turned it was to 6 and that was even better! I tired 8, nope not my friend 8, a little too toasty for my happy place.
Now what’s a waffle without awesome toppings??? I hit up my peeps on Facebook to see what people liked best on their waffles. I was not thinking about the endless possibilities of things to put on waffles! You can basically put anything on a waffle. A buddy of mine, Ricardo Vazquez commented saying his favorite waffle toppings are bananas sautéed in butter and brown sugar. So for this first batch of waffles I sautéed some bananas to put on top of our waffles along with some strawberries, cinnamon sugar and a drizzle of syrup. Y'all these waffles were DOPE!