Belgian Waffles | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Belgian Waffles

Belgian Waffles | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I had no idea when I moved to Scotland that it would be so difficult to get my hands on decent waffle. For some reason, waffles here are tiny and dense, more like dense pound cake than what I would expect when I order a waffle. They’re nice, but they’re not exactly what I want. 

In my mind, a waffle should be the size of a dinner plate. It should be light and fluffy and crispy on the outside. It should be served piping hot so that when you spread the butter over it, it melts and makes little pools in all the dents. I prefer maple syrup on my waffle, and plenty of it.

Belgian Waffles | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

This Belgian Waffle recipe is exactly that. The way waffles are supposed to be. There’s an extra step that makes sure you get the perfect light and fluffy texture. You have to separate your eggs and whip your egg whites to stiff peaks, and then fold them into the batter for an extra lift. It may seem like a fuss, but it’s absolutely worth it. 

You’ll know it’s time to remove your waffle from the waffle iron when the lid lifts relatively easily. The steam coming out of the machine will also decrease. If you try to open it too early, your waffle might split and you’ll end up with two different sides stuck on the inside of your waffle iron.

Also, if you’re wanting to serve your waffles all at the same time, keep them warm by placing them on a rack in a low oven. Don’t put them on a baking sheet or you’ll lose your crispiness on the bottom. Also, don’t stack your waffles or the steam will make them go soft. And just go ahead and put out every conceivable topping. There’s pretty much nothing that’s not delicious on a waffle.

Belgian Waffles | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Sometimes you just have to bring the awesomeness into your own house. Make your own Belgian Waffles. It doesn’t get any better.

Belgian Waffles
Yields 8
Belgian Waffles exactly the way they should be, fluffy, crispy, and oh so awesome.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
5 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1-1/2 cups flour
  2. 1/2 cup cornstarch
  3. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  4. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 1-1/2 cups buttermilk
  7. 1/2 cup milk
  8. 6 tablespoons vegetable oil
  9. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  10. 2 eggs, whites and yolks separated
  11. 3 tablespoons sugar
Instructions
  1. Plug in your waffle iron and start preheating it. You'll need it to be fully heated in order to get that ultimate crispness.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a smaller bowl, whisk together buttermilk, milk, vegetable oil, vanilla, and egg yolks.
  4. In a third bowl, use an electric mixer to beat your egg whites until foamy. Slowly add in the sugar as you continue beating until you've got stiff peaks.
  5. Add your buttermilk mixture to your dry ingredients and mix gently until combined. A few lumps are fine. With a rubber spatula gently fold in your egg whites into your batter until the streaks are gone.
  6. Add your batter to your waffle iron and cook until the lid lifts relatively easily. If it starts to pull apart in the middle, use a fork to coax the top of the waffle off the waffle iron. Serve immediately or place on a rack in a warm oven to keep hot.
  7. Make sure you have plenty of butter and other toppings for ultimate happiness.
Adapted from Cooking Classy
Adapted from Cooking Classy
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Burgerology: Bloc+

Burgerology: Bloc+

Burgerology: Bloc+

Bloc+ was one of the very first restaurants we tried when we moved to Glasgow. Every weeknight, they have a different special, so you’re almost certain to get something awesome without getting depressed about how much money you spent. 

Burgerology: Bloc+

Tuesday is £3 burger night. How can you beat that? Their beef burgers are juicy and flavorful and served on a soft brioche bun. I pay a bit extra for cheese on mine. They come with crispy fries, making this an even better deal.

Burgerology: Bloc+

Geoff usually opts for the veggie burger and adds jalapeno. He says it’s pretty standard, but the price is right.

Burgerology: Bloc+

They also make a great white russian at the bar which makes me outrageously happy. 

If you want to splash out, Bloc+ has plenty of outrageous burgers and dogs. They also do a deal on pizzas during the week. Their poutine is pretty outstanding as well. 

Burgerology: Bloc+

It’s a small restaurant/bar that becomes a rock venue at night. The atmosphere is laid back, but what makes it extra awesome is that when there’s not a band playing, their tvs are all showing The Food Network. I don’t have to look at sports while I eat my burger for once. I can watch Jamie Oliver or Ina Garten in the background. It makes me happier than it probably should.

If you haven’t eaten at Bloc+ yet, you should definitely check it out. There’s something for everyone, and something cheap every night of the week. Do it!

New Home Tour

You’re probably sick of hearing me talk about moving by now. We’re 99% unpacked and mostly living normal every day lives at this point, even if we don’t quite have a space for everything yet. Although there a lot of things we want to change over the next few years, I think I really love this flat.

New Home Tour | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

My favorite thing about this flat is the high ceilings. I love the sense of open airiness it lends to the space. The entry way is moderately functional. I have a plan to make this space bright and eccentric. There are some unsightly meters that need to be covered up, and the front door is absolutely hideous, but we’ll get there in the end.

New Home Tour | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Emily’s room still needs some furniture, but we’re waiting for her input before we make any major decisions. I think we might try to find some funky pieces for her at a charity shop. She’s sixteen, so I’m not about to presume what she would like.

New Home Tour | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Our bedroom has a ton of space, so we really need to look at some art for this space. I’m hoping to add a dressing table. We’re thinking navy with accents of orange and yellow for a color palette. My heart’s desire is to have a big fox print hanging above the bed.

New Home Tour | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

The bathroom is definitely the most lacking, mainly due to the fact that there is absolutely no storage in this room. It’s also the room I care about the least. We’ll get to it eventually.

New Home Tour | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

The living room is massive and structurally in good shape. This space really just needs decorating more than renovation. We are, however, thinking of building a bar in the alcove and a window seat in the bay window. We’ve had an idea to build a shelving unit around the tv for additional storage. I also have a project in mind to update the fireplace. Those brown tiles are not awesome.

New Home Tour | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

The whole reason I was sold on this place is the spacious kitchen/dining area. For a tenement flat in our price range, this kitchen is downright massive. Eventually, the whole thing is going to get overhauled. The whole house is getting wood flooring, and additionally, we want to install white streamline cabinets, butcherblock countertops, and one of those oversize white farmhouse style sinks. If all my dreams come true, we’ll have an additional row of lower cupboards with additional counter space and a light blue vintage style fridge to match my KitchenAid mixer.

I can’t wait to test this place out by throwing our first party. This is going to be a wonderful home. Eventually. Let’s do it.

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