New Year, New Blog, New Adventures!(And Some Coconut Waffles!)

Happy New Year!

I am still in shock that 2014 has arrived. I can remember being in high school and not being able to comprehend the year 2014. I would be SO old! And the world would be SO different. I suppose a bit of both is true. I am not usually a person who makes resolutions, but this year I hope to start offering cooking classes regularly. (I would also like to get back to blogging regularly, but baby-steps!)

I am excited to have a new blog. I will slowly be moving my recipes from my old space to here. I will also use this space to advertise my cooking classes. I am still looking for a cooking space in Portland, so if you have any ideas please pass them along.


We kicked off the new year with some coconut waffles. I have been playing around with Thai food this week and have been craving a coconut treat. I decided to try a little waffle experiment and I am happy to report it is a winner. These are dairy free and quite filling. (I am usually someone who can easily eat two plates of waffles and be hungry again in 20 minutes. I think it is because of the high fat content that I was set until lunch with one waffle.)

To play off the coconut flavors I added a quick caramelized pineapple topping. Let me know what you think!

Coconut Waffles (Makes about 6 waffles)

1 1/2 cups whole wheat or white flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons shredded coconut
1 egg
1 can of coconut milk

Plug in and begin to heat waffle iron.

1. In a large bowl stir together all the try ingredients.
2. In a smaller bowl whisk together coconut milk and egg.
3. Slowly stir the coconut milk mixture into the dry mix until combined.
4. When waffle iron is hot, grease with coconut oil or a spray oil. Pour in about 3/4 a cup and close iron. Cook about 4 minutes or until golden brown. (Or whatever your machine tells you to do!)
5. Serve with pineapple topping, lemon curd, or whatever your heart desires. They freeze well too!

Caramelized Pineapple Topping (I would start this before the waffles so it will be done at the same time!)

1/2 of a pineapple, cut into small pieces
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon brown sugar
pinch of salt.

1. In a medium frying pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add sugar and salt and stir continuously for 2 minutes, until it begins to bubble.
2. Add pineapple, stir to coat in sugar mixture. Turn heat to low and let cook for 10 minutes.

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