Saturday, March 25, 2017

My favorite easy whole wheat waffle recipe

Why buy frozen waffles when you can make your own fresh ones or freeze them yourself? Plus in addition to these being zero-waste, they are healthier for you too. Here is my favorite easy whole wheat waffle recipe:

Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 cups lukewarm milk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil


Directions:

  1. Preheat waffle iron while making the waffle batter.
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, and oil.
  4. Mix together the wet and dry ingredients, stirring just until combined. The batter may be a bit lumpy.
  5. Cook the waffles as directed in the instructions that came with your waffle iron. For my Cuisinart waffle maker I cook until the steam mostly stops.
  6. Yield: 6 round standard 6.5" waffles or 3 round deep-pocket Belgian-style 7" waffles.

I get my whole wheat flour, sugar, and salt in bulk in my own reusable containers from Whole Foods but even from a regular grocery store they are usually packed in paper which is pretty close to zero waste. I currently use California Olive Ranch extra virgin olive oil as my main oil -- grown and made in California near where I live and certified to be real olive oil (many other olive oils have been shown to be falsely labeled, google around for the latest on this). My baking powder is just from a local supermarket. My eggs and milk are usually organic from a local supermarket or a farmers market. While I can get milk in glass bottles it is somewhat more expensive and pretty heavy/fragile so I usually get standard milk containers that I recycle. Paper egg cartons can be recycled/composted or reused if you get eggs from a farmers market as I sometimes do.

Enjoy!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Why buy syrup when you can make it?

Here is a super easy and tasty syrup recipe. I use this syrup on pancakes and waffles and as an ingredient to my favorite granola recipe. It is much cheaper than store bought commercial syrup and has zero high fructose corn syrup. While I love natural maple syrup, it is extremely expensive and uses a lot of fossil fuel to ship it to where I live.

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups granulated sugar (white or unrefined)
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1 tablespoon maple flavored extract
Directions:
  1. Bring the water, sugar, and molasses to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. Take off heat and stir in the maple extract. 
  3. Let cool until no longer hot.
  4. Store in a sealed glass mason jar in refrigerator (since it does not contain preservatives like store purchased varieties).

I buy my sugar in bulk in my own reusable container from Whole Foods. However, even from a regular grocery store, white sugar is usually packaged in paper. This greatly reduces the disposable plastic from buying syrup in plastic bottles. The least expensive high quality maple flavored extract I've found was at https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B008OGD194 but availability varies.

Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

After a break, I'm back. And retired!

2016 was busy, hectic, and I ran out of time to post on this blog. However, after working at Harvard UniversityBank of BostonFidelity Investments, Apple ComputerSun MicrosystemsAdobe Systems and Silver Spring Networks (all world class companies), I decided to retire early at the end of 2016.
  1. To spend more time with my wife, family, friends, dogs, reading, writing, and outdoor activities. We'll rarely remember how great it was to work late, but we'll always remember the great times we had with family and friends.
  2. To do more to make our world a better place by helping:
  3. Trump shock:
    • I was shocked my country could elect someone so unqualified and harmful to the American values I hold dear: science, environment, health, education, children, equal rights, truth, justice, and professionalism. I realized that money was now less important to me than time and doing the right thing.
    • I chose to devote my professional skills and energy full time to make our world a better place rather than just making money -- to counter the evil in the Trump and Republican agenda.  
Thanks for reading! I hope to post more regularly going forward.