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Recipe: Waffles

6 Feb
Picture of a waffle

Don’t think about the calories…

It turns out Bird’s Eye weren’t fibbing when they told us all in the 80s that waffles are waffley-versatile. They are incredible for breakfast, for dinner, sweet, savory, sweet AND savory.

Truly, the only downside is that they compel me to consume a week’s allowance of butter in one sitting and they don’t seem to go especially well with veg. That aside, they’re fun, filling, freezable. All the ‘Fs’ basically. What more do you want?

To buy (for 6):

*Well you’ll need a waffle maker (mine’s a Gordon Ramsey one and is dead easy to use)  *250g plain flour   *1 dessert spoon of baking powder  *2 tablespoons caster sugar   *1 teaspoon of salt   *2 eggs   *450ml milk   *2 tablespoons vegetable oil   *spray oil   *toppings of your choice (I love bacon, maple syrup and M&S salted caramel sauce… not at the same time..although..)

To make:


Where the magic happens.

1. In a big bowl mix the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt.

2. Next mix the wet ingredients together – the eggs, milk and oil – and add this to the dry ingredients then mix until a smooth batter.

3. Heat your waffle maker as per the instructions and spray generously with oil.

4. Fill your waffle-maker to an appropriate level with the waffle batter, seal and cook for as long as you need (around 5 minutes in the case of a Gordon Ramsey waffle-maker).

5. Carefully open your waffle maker and gently ease the waffle out using tongs.

6. Serve the waffles so they’re hot and crispy and drowning in your favourite topping. You might want to serve alongside Buffalo chicken wings for a true Deep South experience or, if you’re about to run a marathon and need to carbo-load or don’t care much about debauched gluttony, try adding chopped-up cooked bacon to the waffle-mix AND popping a few rashers of cooked bacon on top. Hog-tastic.


Review: Parliamentary Waffle House

28 Apr


65 – 67 Broadwick Street, London, W1F 9QY


Combining my geek-love for both food and politics in one fell swoop, tonight I headed over to the Parliamentary Waffle House  – run by Bompas and Parr between now and the election – for a silly but jolly enjoyable dinner. Presumably they decided to serve waffles to reflect all that pontificating and chatter enimating from those ivory towers in Westminster. Well it worked.

Decked out like the Commons with tiered green-checked benches on either side of the room, with a political ding-dong ping-pong-table and a huge telly showing clips of infamous moments (like Boris Johnson rugby tackling another player during a football match, Mandelson ballroom dancing like a pro and Prezza’s two jabs on an unsuspecting egg-thrower on the campaign trail…) you are asked to order a Conservative, Labour or LibDem waffle and you’re served Blueberries, Strawberries or Bananas depending on your political persuasion.

I also ordered a couple of glasses of the Prescott Punch which was as tasty as Daily Express headlines are bonkers. You’re given paper hats with different colours and you can head over to their ballot box and cast your vote.  As of this evening it seemed London was gripped by Cleggmania as his party had about twice the other two combined! The waffles happen to be delicious – and shaped like a little portcullis which is adorable – and if you buy a ticket online the meal-deal will only set you back a fiver.  This is a place constructed and sustained with charm and enthusiasm, I loved it.

Review: Fika, Swedish Bar and Grille, Brick Lane.

17 Jan
..or perhaps a reindeer. I don’t know

Address: 161a Brick Lane, London, E1 6SB

Phone: 020 7613 2013

Website: www.fikalondon.com

I went to this Place on Friday with a bunch of mates and was so hungry and so busy boozing that I forgot to take any pictures. So here’s a reindeer photo I took in Stockholm last year. I hope that’ll give you the gist. 

So to this Swedish place in the heart of East London… an honourable mention to the staff who were helpful and charming, if not a little bashful. The decor was Swedish-ly stylish. A reindeer motif throughout with unusual paintings and lots of pine making it quite sauna-esque, but in a good way. Apart from the slightly grizzly toilets, the place was laid-back and cosy .

The food was pretty good. I tried all of the starters:  savoury waffles with cheese, gravad lax, pickled herring , reindeer salami and knackebrod and everything  here was reasonably priced and tasty. I shared reindeer sausages and kykcling planka (grilled herby chicken served on a plank) for dinner and this was so-so. The reindeer had a chemical taste and was insanely dense but it was good fun and the meal was presented beautifully. The chicken came in a chilli sauce, a fine reflection of the restaurant’s setting in Brick Lane.

After a round of schnapps we shared a bunch of desserts. Chocolate brownie, coffee cake, waffle stacks and waffle and vanilla icecream. Holy moly! They were utterly divine and left grinning faces around the table. All in all it came to about £30 each with plenty of booze. Very good.

The service though. Blimey. We were all fairly famished, after pub-time and a hard day’s work but everything seemed to take aaaaages to arrive. We waited an hour for both starters and the main course and if the banter hadn’t been so good we would have been quite grumpy I am sure.

Shady toilets and long waits aside this place was convivial and served unusual but tasty fare. 

Stars: ******* (7)