Thursday, January 3, 2008

Sharing Pregnancy Cravings

So the big news is out - yes the 'She Said' blogger is pregnant - 26 weeks and sure looking like it. One of the most exciting parts about being pregnant and contributing to a food blog was the anticipation of those insane cravings! Maybe it's an "only time will tell" thing, but I'm sorely disappointed at this stage... I was expecting pickles and pez, or whipped cream on tacos. I've had only a few cravings - but I will share nonetheless my three noteworthy food fests to date.

The most NORMAL one is CORNBREAD.
I craved it enough to make my own muffins (first batch used the coarse grain corn meal - don't do that!) a few times. I've even begged an official southerner for a real cornbread recipe. I think I've eaten more cornbread in the past two months than in my lifetime so far. It's currently my favorite food in bulk.

The most OPPOSITE one to my normal palette is BBQ.
For some reason, I really don't care to order much BBQ ever. Today was a banner day... driving to work 8am craving BBQ. That is not me at all... that is clearly a small child talking through me, or a large tumor in my brain (hopefully the former of the two). The best part is I got BBQ for lunch today, with a side of cornbread.

The STRANGEST craving so far is not so much the choice of food, but the temperature of it. While driving home one evening, I had this insane need for CHILLED YODELS. Not room temp, not frozen, but chilled. There is something about the cool creamy filling wrapped around the thin yodel cake, enrobed in a crisp but thin chocolate layer. Heaven.

After reading the most recent blog entry about Flip Flop waffles, I might have to try those on the new waffle iron my husband got for Christmas. I don't even LIKE waffles... but I bet the baby does. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Homemade Flip Flop Waffles

Breakfast during the week in our house is definitely a challenge. Trying to get the kids off to school in the morning, speed sometimes trumps nutrition. Breakfast options are frequently Pop Tarts, sugar cereals, mini bagels and a family favorite: Flip Flop Waffles.

On weekends, we generally have more time to make breakfasts. Unfortunately, my kids have come to expect the likes of S'mores Pop Tarts, Cookie Crisp Cereal and of course, Flip Flop Waffles. I've therefore developed a technique for making Flip Flop waffles at home. Additionally, I've taken it a step further to satisfy my pancake-loving daughter, Carly.

The steps are pretty simple. Follow the usual recipe for pancakes/waffles on the back of the box of pancake mix (I use the the Original pancake mix, rather than the just-add-water one. Occasionally, I'll make the mix from scratch).

After mixing up the batter, split it into two equal parts. To one half, add some vanilla extract. To the other half, add cocoa powder.

Mix up the two halves of the batter. Use quarter-cup measuring cups to create pancakes and waffles that are half vanilla and half chocolate. Cook as usual and enjoy!