And so it continues…. Somehow the French Fridays with Dorie crew as we approach our final 10 months or so of cooking from Around my French Table has ended up with a lot of fish dishes to cook – and not just in the fish chapter! It’s going to be a long fishy run to the end I think!
This week’s recipe, Smoked Salmon Waffles (p 170) presented a couple of challenges for me: first of all, I REALLY don’t like salmon. Other white fish and some seafoods are ok but salmon, not so much. And as Neil was away last weekend, I didn’t know what I was going to do with smoked salmon waffles. I already had a lot of cooking on my plate last week (for Food Revolution Day) so I already knew I was going to minify this dish big time In the end I decided to be selfish about this one and make some tiny non-salmon waffles (with a little bit of vanilla extract and some sugar in place of the salmon) for a mid-morning brunch for one (me!) last weekend. Don’t worry Doristas – when you make the upcoming plain waffles, I’ll make sure to make the weird (to me) waffles with chopped up smoked salmon in the batter (see it just sounds odd, no?).
For me, the challenge this week was making waffles without a waffle maker. Umm… ok. This is when Google is your friend. A Google search led me to this post by the lovely Alejandra Ramos which led me to Jamie Oliver’s griddle pan waffles. Sounded like a great idea to me! It’s pretty straightforward – I used egg rings to keep the batter in check so I could make multiple wafflettes in one pan – but it took a few goes to get the right temperature on the stovetop that would cook them and make the crispy edges without burning them.
In the end, they tasted good but more like griddle-marked pancakes than waffles. I served them with a dollop of Greek yoghurt and some Mogador jam by Christine Ferber. I’m not that huge a waffle fan so I doubt I’ll be buying a waffle iron anytime soon (it’s also such a one-use appliance which I don’t have room for in my cupboards!) but this is a great technique to remember for the future should I be required to make waffles again (i.e. when I have to make the smoked salmon waffles right?)
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