Author Archives: Rowena

About Rowena

Hobbyist gardener, enthusiast in cooking different cuisines, smitten with dogs of all shapes and sizes, and travels occasionally when the mood hits.

So how are those 2019 resolutions coming along?

So, after finishing my 4th book and nearing the final chapters of 2 more (I read and alternate between 2 at a time) it’s safe to say that upping the goal from 19 books to something more ballsy like 36 would make it more…..challenging? I love historical fiction, with a little fantasy and contemporary fiction on the side, but on a whim I also started Plato: Complete Works. I don’t know if that was a wise thing to do; I’m only 1% in and already Plato is making me crazy.

Another goal this year: being more aware of how much plastic we use in the household. To that I’m going to add reducing our carbon footprint, because now companies are creating more ways to live green: biodegradable and compostable freezer bags, recycled aluminum that can be recycled again, and baking paper that is also biodegradable and compostable. I’ve only tried the baking paper and I like it, but the sheets are precut and not practical for my larger baking pans. The nice thing is disposing used paper into the organic waste bin which brings me to these buckets and trash bags in the garage.

Yellow is for paper, green for organic refuse (i.e. kitchen scraps), blue for glass, light purple bag for plastic, and clear bag (provided for free by the municipality) for everything else. Previously we had regular round buckets with snap-on lids that neighborhood dogs would knock over, but now everything is square, secure-lock, and orderly. Different days for each bucket and bag, and in summer, there’s pickup twice a week for organic waste.

We’ve been experiencing warmer than usual temperatures (25°C today!) which may or not be a good thing, but any opportunity to have a barbecue on the weekend has got to be a positive!

Emergency stroopwafel made with a pizzelle iron

This morning when I realized that my stash of honey wafers was down to a single package, I went in a mild panic because these have been my afternoon ‘comfort’ food along with some tea. I love Verival’s honey version as it’s not as sweet as the butter and sugar syrup-filled ones (although I like those too), but I thought it would be a good idea to have a recipe on hand as backup.

I adapted a wafer recipe from a youtube video to suit my needs and my measuring cups. For the filling, I simply used honey and spread the desired amount. They won’t win any prizes in the beauty department, but my round pizzelle iron gets another use and I won’t need to worry the next time my stroopwafel stash runs out.

1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 1/4 teaspoon instant yeast
1/8 cup warm milk
1/3 cup sugar
1 stick (4 oz.) butter, melted and cooled
1 small egg, beaten

Combine all ingredients together in a bowl and stir until thoroughly combined. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead until smooth. Place dough back into bowl and let rest, covered, in a warm place for 30 minutes.

After dough has rested, divide into 10 equal portions and roll into balls. Cook each ball in a pre-heated pizzelle iron, about 30-35 seconds each side, until golden brown. Trim (using a knife or large round cookie cutter) and split each wafer as soon as they’re cool enough to handle; fill and spread with honey of your choice. Store in an airtight container.

The video that inspired all this is in German and uses metric measurements. I selected a snippet of the clip that shows a truly elegant-looking wafer maker, something that I’d love to have in my collection of gadgets if my kitchen ever gets bigger.