There was a rather hilarious incident this weekend involving an antique waffle maker, which was given to me by my mother. Okay, it wasn't actually antique, it was vintage. Anyway, with the instruction book long gone, I anticipated a learning curve, but the way my mother explained it to me, it sounded very easy. Just heat it up, poor in your batter, and when the light goes off the waffles are done. Well. I heated it up, and in all its shiny chromed glory, that thing got very hot. I poured the batter in, closed the plates, and then got nervous when it started smoking. Meanwhile, the light didn't go off. I opened it back up to witness a caked-on baked-on mess that would require the waffle plates soaking overnight in the sink.
Plan B: Call customer support. (Mom)
Customer support returns my call a few hours later (long after we had finished our emergency pancake supper) and provided insider info on this waffle iron's quirks. For instance, the old teflon plates aren't really no-stick and you need to spray them well with cooking oil. And no matter what, the first waffle never turns out, but waffles made after that will be fine.
So the next day I take the batter out of the fridge and keep at it, resulting in a pile of waffley-type things that are not square in shape but still edible. Guess what my husband is having for dinner tonight?
Sunday: Pan-seared fish with spanish rice and asparagus.
Tuesday: Crock pot corn chowder and vegetable pizza
Wednesday: Taco Macaroni and spinach salad
Friday: Artichoke Tuna Toss w/noodles (my husband likes this- it's not for me.)
Saturday: Husband away on annual winter camping trip- potluck with the wives
And here is the exciting news I wanted to share with you. I am working on an interview with author Lucinda Streiker-Schmidt, who has recently published her first book A Separate God: Journal of an Amish Girl. You can see the book on my Shelfari bookshelf to the right. Lucinda is so much more than an author, she is also a survivor of domestic abuse, a theme that is featured prominently in her book. It is Lucinda's hope that women will read her story and be able to recognize if they are abused and seek help for their situation. In the Amish culture, there are few to no resources for abused women. I hope to have the interview up within the next couple weeks, so just watch this space.