Lately I have been posting about buying a home. I hope you’re not tired hearing about this! This will be my last #ohmygoodnessweboughtahomepost but I guarantee there will be many #werenovated or #beforeandafterphotos or #howdoidecoratethisroom posts?
Admittedly, we’re late comers to the home buying world. It didn’t bother us that many of our friends purchased homes shortly after completing university or getting married. For many years, we didn’t have a clue where we would end up so it didn’t make sense to invest in a house or property. Travel, school and exploration were our focus for many years. We thrived in this lifestyle until things changed, we changed.
Once we decided on the city we wanted to live in (based on our education and my husband’s contract) we signed a lease for a historic rental in the heart of downtown. Our lovely friends chose it for us when we were living in New York and I am completely grateful for their foresight. It turned out that we loved the neighbourhood and decided that this was the place we wanted to stay, this is where we wanted to buy. The tricky and somewhat discouraging part was to find a home that included the “must-haves” and was also within our budget. I surprised myself when I declared that the three most important things to me were a backyard, lots of natural light and a historic home (before children I wouldn’t have cared to have a backyard).
These things take time but as soon as an opportunity opens, my advice to you is to jump on it. Jump right in with a full heart. Make the offer. Real estate is fickle and unpredictable. For my friends in booming cities, such as Toronto and Vancouver, I know it can be a bit of a nightmare due to the competition. Sometimes, you learn the hard way by missing out on a home (we did but now consider it to be a blessing in disguise) but sometimes luck will turn your way.
The next step is turning the house into a home. Though we haven’t moved in yet, I like to walk through and visualize what we’ll be doing as a family in each space. Breakfast at a big, old farmhouse table currently fits the bill for me. Dreaming of slow, weekend breakfasts with the family and then having the children play in the backyard while my husband and I wash up was the inspiration behind this waffle recipe. Lemon plus ricotta cheese makes for a lighter tasting waffle with a bit of a tang. Add your favourite toppings and perhaps some crispy bacon and you’ve got a feast.
Lemon and Ricotta Cheese Spelt Flour Waffles
Makes: 8-10 large waffles
Time: Prep time (20 minutes) + cooking time (20-30 minutes)
275 g (2 ¼ cups) spelt flour
55 g (1/4 cup) granulated sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
110 g (1/2 cup) ricotta cheese
360 ml (1 1/2 cups) whole milk
3 large eggs
3 tablespoons sunflower oil
Juice from fresh lemon juice (55 ml)
Zest from 1 lemon zest (4 g)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Preheat the waffle iron. My waffle iron allows me to choose between crispy on the outside and soft on the inside or crispy throughout. I found that the “crispy throughout” setting worked best for this recipe.
2. Whisk the spelt flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together in a medium bowl.
3. In a large bowl, whisk the ricotta, whole milk, eggs, oil, lemon juice, zest and vanilla extract.
4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and whish until just combined. If the mix is too thick, add some more milk. If it is too thin, add a little more flour. I make my waffle batter a little runny compared to my pancake mix.
5. Brush the waffle iron with butter or oil. Pour 1/3 cup (about 75 g) of batter onto the waffle iron (this largely depends upon your waffle iron though). Cook about 3 minutes or use the pre-sets (mine beeps when the waffle is cooked). Release with a butter knife and serve. I find waffles are best when consumed immediately but you can pop them in a low heated on a cookie tray to keep them warm and then, served them all at once.
6. Store uneaten waffles in an airtight container with waxed paper in between each waffle in the refrigerator or freezer. When ready to consume, simply pop them into the toaster.
Serve with whipped cream, maple syrup, fresh fruit and edible flowers. And, a big pot of freshly brewed coffee to sip throughout the morning.
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