That is a mouthful. And it perfectly sums up my morning. Yesterday I looked out of my living room window and saw tiny snowflakes flutter down from the sky. Nothing new this week, but this time they didn’t melt away the nanosecond they hit the ground. I was so excited. For weeks now I have been daydreaming about the idea of being snowed in. But not a snowflake in sight. Not that I really want to be snowed in. I’d rather go make a long walk and make photographs.
My favourite piece of nature isn’t easy to reach by public transport, I don’t cycle when there is any chance of icy roads, and Matthijs was going to meet a friend, in short: there was no way I was going to get there. Fortunately, I was able to convince my husband to wake up early today and go there for a sunrise walk if the snow would still be there.
So today we woke up at 6.45 AM, checked if there was snow, put on the warmest clothes we have, shoved a quick breakfast in our mouths, and of we went to Amelisweerd. When we arrived, almost no one was there, and many paths were still unspoiled, covered with fresh snow so deep our feet sank in it. It was a happy early Sunday morning.
After about an hour and a half we were cold, done ruining the pristine trails, and it was getting crowded. Therefore we went back home, and I made us these cardamom waffles with vanilla honey poached pears to warm up a bit at second breakfast. I hope you enjoy them as well.
cardamom oat waffles + vanilla honey poached pears
- 4 cooking pears
- 1 vanilla pod
- 2 tbsp honey
- 500 ml water
- 75 g rolled oats
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¾ tsp ground cardamom
- a pinch of nutmeg
- 225 ml milk
- 60 g butter, melted
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- waffle iron
- food processor
- (electric) whisk
- 2 mixing bowls
vanilla honey poached pears
Peel the pears and place them in a small pan with the seeds scraped from the vanilla pod, the honey, and the water. There is no need to stirr, the bubbles of the boiling water will do that for you. Cover the pan with a lid, bring the water to a boil, turn down the heat, and let the pears simmer for one hour.
cardamom oat waffles
Grind the oatmeal to a fine flour in a food processor. Mix baking powder, salt, cardamom, and nutmeg into the flour.
Separate egg white from egg yolk in two mixing bowls. For now, put the bowl with the egg white aside.
Combine egg yolk, milk, melted butter, and vanilla extract. If the butter is a little warm from melting, the fats will solidify when mixed into the milk. No problem there. You wont notice it in the final product.
Mix the flour mixture into the wet ingredients. Put them aside. This will allow the oat flour to soak up some moisture.
Beat the egg white until stiff peaks form.
Heat the waffle iron to medium high.
Carefully fold the egg white into the batter. Make sure not to deflate it.
When the waffle iron is heated, poor half of the mixture on to the waffle iron. The batter is runny, so keep an eye at it. Otherwise you might cover half of your kitchen in waffle batter.
Once cooked, place the waffles onto a rack so they won't become soggy.
waffles + pears
After one hour, take the pears from the poaching liquid, cut them in half, and remove the core. Serve waffles and pears together.