Sunday, January 20, 2013

christmas on cortes and a waffle recipe

Seeing as "my life has changed in oh so many ways" (see The Beatles, "Help") over the past while, it was more than fitting that I spent this past Christmas on Cortes Island, one of my home away from home's here on the West Coast.

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!)

happy smiles

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!


Colynn O said...

Looks like you had a lot of fun. Those waffles look amazing. I love how you used almonds and vanilla.

Anthony said...

Great photos!

Linda R. Davis said...

I must try those choco coated waffles for myself. Topped with vanilla cream... yummy!

Jouko Pyysalo said...

If there's one thing I love about staying in hotels and cabins is that, in hotels, you get a hearty meal of waffles or pancakes, and in a cabin, you have all the energy to prepare it, yourself and enjoy eating it afterwards. That, my friend, is one delectable waffle. I'd love to try it soon!

Camille Woods said...

Oh will you look at that dog resting peacefully in the carpet in front of the fireplace, he's so adorable.

Tanya Whistler said...

Winter, my favorite time of the season. Mostly because of the festivities around, and the gifts and the love among family and friends. Well, it also doesn't hurt that I get to save up on energy and electric bill since our air conditioner was off during these times.

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