You might remember Cortes from some of my recent Hollyhock posts, and the island is also home to some dear friends and kindred spirits. I am so fortunate to be a few hours hop, skip, and a jump away from this "up island" oasis. The holidays were spent in the throes of love, kindness, gratitude - a lovely setting for my first Christmas away from home. I felt, and still feel, truly blessed.
After some lovely tea and opening presents, Christmas morning was made complete with a delicious waffle breakfast. I haven't had a waffle since my youth ("leggo my Eggo Waffle!"), and thought I would make a gluten-free, dairy-free option. And was I ever thrilled with the results - these waffles were the talk of the breakfast table.
While it takes a little coaxing with the batter (i.e. being patient while they cook), these waffles are a delicious alternative to traditional wheat flour waffles. They also pack quite a bit of protein from the egg and almond. Serve them with your favourite berry preserve (ours was homemade with Cortes Island organic blueberries) and of course, your favourite flavour of Coconut Bliss Ice Cream (mine is Vanilla).
Cortes Christmas Waffles
Makes 4-5 waffles
dairy-free, gluten-free, sugar-free, vegetarian
2 large organic, free range eggs
1/2 cup almond mylk
1 large ripe banana
1/2 cup raw almonds
1 tsp vanilla extract
Cortes Island berry preserve, to garnish
Coconut Bliss Vanilla Ice Cream, to garnish
Preheat waffle iron and grease lightly with a brushing of melted coconut oil.
Blend all of the ingredients together in a high speed blender until well-combined and mixture is smooth. Modify the amount of almond mylk depending on the consistency (i.e. the mixture should be somewhat thick and not too runny).
Transfer the mixture to different sections in the waffle iron and cook until waffles are golden brown, and the mixture stays together (about 7-10 minutes per each waffle).
Serve immediately with berry preserves and Coconut Bliss ice cream.
Overall, I was fortunate to spend much of my time catching up on some long overdue relaxing; in fact, I was sleeping about 10 hours per night, which is quite unusual for me. Coupled with my recent health issues, I realize in retrospect that my body was craving an intense period of relaxation and renewal.
The idea of rest is something I need to integrate into my present moment and situation, as my health issues need to be treated and remedied properly in order for my body to heal. This includes acknowledging that many symptoms I am experiencing are related to adrenal fatigue, ones that require additional supplementation outside of regular nutrition (stay tuned for more posts related to my experiences with adrenal fatigue).
Apart from resting, there was also lots of high energy activities and time for:
yoga (a daily practice for me, only this time in front of the Christmas tree!)
long walks on the beach (I love how this piece of seaweed resembles the 'Tree of Life')
long strolls through the dark and mysteriously majestic BC rainforest
interesting things grow in the forest, including these different varieties of mushrooms, above and below
I love the vibrant colour of the yellow jelly mushroom above
Such a lovely holiday that I will always cherish and remember.
I hope you had a happy holiday too!