I don’t follow Keto and I don’t follow food trends so when my friend, Audrey, gave me a mini waffle maker a few weeks ago and said I should try Chaffles, I had some research to do. I discovered that Chaffles are a low carb, Keto substitution for bread made of cheese and eggs and cooked in a mini waffle maker. That’s right just cheese and eggs. To say I was skeptical this would be anything good was an understatement. But Audrey and I have such similar tastes in food I decided to try them. I am glad I did because they are good.
As I did research on Chaffles, I found recipes for both sweet and savory Chaffles. I haven’t tried sweet Chaffles because I can’t wrap my mind around sweet eggs and sweet cheese. But don’t let my issue stop you from trying them if you want to. Meanwhile, l will be over here experimenting with more ways too make savory Chaffles.
1/2 cup finely shredded cheese, mozzarella is recommended but I have tried and liked other kinds
Preheat the mini waffle maker. In a small bowl, gently beat the egg. Add the cheese, and stir until combined. When the waffle maker is hot, lightly spray with nonstick cooking spray. Place 3 TBS of the egg mixture in the middle of the waffle maker, close. Cook until the indicator light goes off and the waffle maker stops steaming. Timing will very according to the type of waffle maker you have. The Chaffee should be golden brown and cooked through. Leftover Chaffles keep well in an air tight container in the fridge. You can reheat them or serve them cold.
This week, in effort to get out of my house a little more often, I went for a walk. About 6 blocks from my house I discovered there is a new branch of the Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch thrift store. This excited me to no end, I love thrift stores because you never know what treasures you are going to find.
I certainly found some treasures. The first thing I saw when I came in the door was a beautiful McCoy brown drip pitcher.
I have collected brown drip dinnerware and cookware for a few years because it is sturdy and beautiful. It was a big thing in the 60’s and 70’s. You would collect stamps when ever you spent money at a participating merchant and whenever you had enough stamps to fill a little booklet you could redeem it for a piece of dinner or cookware. I can remember licking those stamps and putting them in the booklet for my mom.
The pitcher wasn’t the biggest treasure I found. The biggest treasure I found was two McCoy brown drip coffee cups.
Brown drip coffee cups are hard to find and when you find them they are often more expensive then I can afford. I got both of the coffee cups for 6 dollars. It almost felt like I was stealing from the store when I knew how much those coffee cups are worth.
l also found a third coffee cup, a creamer and sugar bowl that are in the style of brown drip. I think they are replicas not authentic brown drip. That’s okay, they are cute and tie in with a project I am working on so I brought them home any way.
Today’s recipe is a crockpot recipe. I don’t often use my crockpots because I think they do strange things to the texture of food. But after a long talk with a couple of friends who are crockpot fanatics, I have decided to give it ago. The hard part is finding the perfect cooking time for my adapted recipes. Since I am cooking smaller amounts of food in my crockpot it’s hard to find the exact time that cooks the food through but doesn’t over cook it but I am working on it.
Blueberry Steel Cut Oatmeal
Adapted from The Family Freezer
1 cup steel cut oats
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
2 TBS brown sugar
3 cups water
Combine all the ingredients in the crockpot and cover. Cook 2 – 2 1/2 hours on low. Serve with milk.
A lot of interesting stuff happened at work today First, I was offered a chance to change my schedule. They need some people to move to earlier shifts so starting soon, I start working 8 am to 4:30 pm instead of 10:30 am to 7 pm. I was a little reluctant to change schedules. I don’t drive so once we get back to the office, I would have to be on the bus at 6:30am to get to work on time. Doable but is it something I want to do everyday?
My team manager then told me something that really made me make up my mind about changing my schedule. It looks like we are going to be working from home through 2021 and into 2022. How far into 2022 they don’t know yet. Ughh. I am very grateful I am able to work from home but I don’t like it at all. I have always worked very hard to keep work crap out of my home life and my home crap out of my work life. That’s very hard to do when your work is smack dab in the middle of your home. I would be the first one at the office door if they said we could come back to the office tomorrow. Well, I am done complaining now. I’ll move on to something more fun.
The best thing about Kimchi fried rice is you can use fresh made rice instead of leftover rice to make it and it comes together in about 10 minutes once the rice is cooked so its a great get in and get out of the kitchen quick kind of meal. If you like, fry an egg for over the top for a boost of protien.
2-3 green onion or a small piece of white onion, chopped
1 1/2 tsp – 1 TBS olive oil
1/2 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp soy sauce
In a medium frying pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the scallion whites or the onion, and cook while stirring for 1-2 minutes. Next add kimchi and cook while stirring for 3-5 minutes until the kimchi starts to get soft.
Add the rice, sesame oil, and soy sauce. Then mix well until the rice is coated with the kimchi. If your rice looks dry, add a teaspoon or two of the Kimchi brine from the jar. Cook until the rice is heated through.
I have a confession to make. I hope it won’t change your opinion of me and that we can still be friends. I don’t like coffee, not the smell of it, not the taste of it, no matter how much sugar, cream or fancy flavored syrup I put in it. I just don’t like it. There I said it. I know, I know, there is something wrong with me. Lol.
Although, I don’t like coffee, I have recently come to love drinking tea. For me, it wasn’t a big step of incorporating my new passion for tea into my old passion of cooking and baking. It is amazing how may recipes are out there that use brewed tea or tea leaves as an ingredient.
The original recipe used a tea bag of black tea, I only had loose leaf tea so I just threw it in the butter and left it there. If you have fillable tea sachets you could put the tea in one, tie it shut with butcher’s twine and throw it in with the butter and take the sachet out.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees and grease muffin tins with non- stick cooking spray.
In a medium sized pan over medium heat, melt the butter with the tea bag tea or tea leaves and vanilla over medium heat. Swirl occasionally to ensure butter is cooking evenly and the flavors of the tea are mixed into the butter . As the butter melts, it will begin to foam and the color will get darker. Continually scrape bottom of pan to release any brown specs. Once you start smelling the nutty aroma, remove browned butter from heat and allow to cool.
In a medium bowl, sift together flour, sugars, baking power, baking soda, and salt.
In a separate bowl, whisk eggs, buttermilk, vanilla, and cooled browned butter together. Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the liquid ingredients. Fold together and do not over mix.
Spoon batter into greased muffin tins and bake in for 5 minutes. Reduce heat to 325 degrees F and continue cooking until golden brown, about 15-25 minutes. When done cooking, immediately remove from muffin tins and allow to cool on cooling rack.
Welcome to Instant Pot week here on A Solitary Feast. This week is dedicated to everyone who got an Instant Pot for Christmas and aren’t sure what to do with it or, maybe, even a little afraid to use it. My mom was convinced I was going to blow up my apartment when I got mine 5 years ago. The good news is I have made 100’s of meals in my pot and I have never blown up anything.
This week is going to be all about recipes and resources I love and use when I cook with my instant Pot. First up, is the hands down, best pressure cooking resource for beginners or experienced people using the pressure cooker. The blog is called Hip Pressure Cooking. It has reviews for different brands of pressure cookers, lessons on how to cook with pressure cookers, community forums and tons of recipes. But the best, most useful thing on the site full of useful things is the detailed cooking time charts for just about every food imaginable. If you ever wonder how long to cook something, if you should cook on low or high pressure, or what kind of pressure release you should use these charts will give you the answer to those questions and more. I printed these charts out and keep them in a binder on my cookbook shelves because they are so useful.
One of the most common complaints I hear about pressure cooking is that by the time you bring the pot to pressure, actually cook the food and release the pressure you haven’t really saved anytime and might as well cook it on the stove. In some cases that is true, the recipe would get done faster on the stove. In these instances, the way the pressure cooker shines is in its ability to be totally hands off once the food is in the pot. I don’t have to watch it at all. I can go get ready for work, watch tv, do laundry or whatever. When the food is done cooking it will flip to the keep warm setting and be hot and ready to eat when I am ready to eat. I love tossing my oat meal in the pressure cooker, getting ready of my day and then sitting down to my hot breakfast with no effort on my part.
Preheat heat the pot on the saute function. When hot, melt the butter. Add the oats and stir until toasted, about 3 minutes. Add the water and salt. Lock the lid and set the timer for 4 minutes. When the oats are done cooking, turn off the instant pot and let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes. Quick release any remaining pressure. Serve with whatever toppings you like. I personally like milk, brown sugar and 1/2 tsp apple spice.