Rae & Tru

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A predictable rollercoaster ride, with its steep climbs and sudden drops, twists and turns and abrupt finish, this is what it’s like. Tru, Rae’s sister, had no appetite or more than a bite to eat all the previous day. Rae wishes she could take away the pain that feels so physical, yet has no cure. It seemed like he was hers and she was his, but now he hides from Tru behind the glossy green door to his house. Tru’s eyes are puffy and red after a night of soaking her pillow with salt tears. Rae could hear her quiet sobs floating down from the top bunk of their bunk beds. I am here, Rae says but it doesn’t matter. To Tru there will be no others. She does not want to see him; she needs a day to forget she says. Rae knows that it will be just the opposite, a day of remembrance.

All she could give was her love and support. And breakfast. Rae splits an English muffin in half, failing to keep all the crumbs on the plate. English muffins always seem resistant to toasting; she has to set the toaster to inferno level just to get a meager tan on the bread. Meanwhile, with one quick swift flick of the wrist, she cracks open an egg into a microwave safe bowl and whips it with a fork. The pepper mill produces a fine powder of black pepper which she dusts one top of the whipped egg. In the microwave, the egg will grow three times in size, and then quickly deflate. The sun is out this morning, the sun coming through the windows, illuminating the kitchen with its warmth, the deep red of the tulips, freshly picked from the garden radiate from the vase on the kitchen table. What a difference to yesterday’s gray skies and ice frosted lawns. The sound of the toaster popping out the muffin punctuates the morning silence. Rae turns on the TV, putting on cartoons, the perfect breakfast entertainment. The cheese she puts on the English muffin quickly melts into a gooey mess; a slice of ham goes on next and to finish it off goes the fluffy egg. Rae serves this with a hash brown patty and a little Cutie tangerine. It’s a simple, yet beautiful breakfast. She imagines that all the words she can’t say, all the love she feels for Tru is also layered in the sandwich. She takes a picture of it all, plated and ready to eat. There is an immeasurable joy in making food for someone you care about, Rae thinks.

When Tru saw the sandwich Rae had made she told her she appreciates all that Rae does for her and for always being there. Rae could hear the crunch as Tru bit into the sandwich, the sound of pleasure as she tasted it, mixed in with the upbeat music coming from the TV.  Rae felt so happy to make something Tru could enjoy and take her mind off her boy problems; who needs boys, right?

Even though breakfast didn’t erase the pain of a break-up, a happy tummy and the love of sisters was enough to make this a beautiful moment that both girls would remember for a very long time.

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Banana-rama Pancakies

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Hmm, nothing beats a nice pancake breakfast on a weekend morning with the whole entire day to do whatever you want. No need to go to work and speak in my “I’m the friendliest person on Earth voice” to callers or to spend the whole day in an air conditioned box of a building. Now, pancakes sometimes get a bad rap especially if they are the deliciously-covered-in-syrup-and- butter type, you know the ones. On behalf of pancake lover’s everywhere I take a stand and say that pancakes can be a part of a healthy diet and you don’t have to feel icky-sticky-guilty after and don’t have to automatically initiate a gag reflex. These pancakes are banana-y, easy, delicious and if you have any monkey friends, they’ll love you if you make them this breakfast. Go ahead, try it.

 Ingredients:
5 very ripe bananas, peeled
5 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp sugar
1/2 cup gluten-free flour
1 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
Directions:
In a medium bowl, mash the bananas well with a fork. Add the rest of the ingredients and whisk them together to make the batter as smooth as possible, a little lumpy is fine.  With a ice cream scooper, or a measuring cup in a size you like, pour batter onto a skillet with a little bit of oil. Fry on each side until golden. Repeat until all the batter is gone and pancakes have piled up high on a serving platter. Serve immediately, top with fruit and syrup, if that’s to your liking.

Happy Father’s Day Breakfast

Happy Father’s day to all the papas, daddies, pops, fathers, pas and papi’s out there. This morning I woke up early, went to my quiet and peaceful kitchen and started whipping up some waffles for my Papi. He’s the one that does the cooking for us and today I decided that a nice breakfast would be a kind gesture to someone who has done so much for me. Here’s the recipe, make it for your dad or for a loved one that deserves a special start to the day!

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Tropical Waffles

Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups flour ( I used a combination of GF Bob’s Red Mill All-Purpose and Whole Wheat All-Purpose)

1 Tbsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 cup sugar

1 13.5 ounce can of lite coconut milk

1/2 cup water

1 Tbsp vanilla extract

1 banana, mashed

dash of salt

Directions:

Preheat the waffle maker. Whisk the dry ingredients in a large bowl. In a separate smaller bowl, whisk together all the wet ingredients. Whisk in the wet mixture into the dry mixture and mix well, until pourable.

Working in batches, ladle about 1/4 cup of batter into the preheat waffle maker and cook according to the instructions of your waffle maker. You can plate these immediately or you can put them in a preheated oven until ready to serve.

If you don’t have a waffle maker, well gosh darn, but you can still make this recipe! You can simply make pancakes instead, still yummy and filling. Mmm Mmm tasty!

Sunday morning waffles!

Hmm, yes. Warm, toasty waffles fresh off the waffle maker is the way to go. None of that frozen, uniform shaped clone waffles here. I actually was able to sleep in today (!) and still made these waffles for everyone before 9 am. Super easy and there is simply no excuse not to make these beauties.

Cinnamon Raisin Waffles

Cinnamon Raisin Waffles (makes 6 waffles)

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tbsp baking powder

3/4 tsp salt

6 packets of Splenda

1/3 cup milk

2/3 cup water

1 egg, beaten

2 tbsp oil

1/4 cup chopped raisins

1 tbsp pure vanilla extract

In a mixing bowl, combine first 6 ingredients and stir well. Combine the remaining ingredients in a separate bowl. Grease your waffle maker with oil or oil spray, then let it heat up. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir to form a batter. When the waffle maker is hot, ladle in some batter into the middle of the waffle maker and close the lid. Cook a few minutes, according to your waffle making. Mine has a little light that is red as it cooks and green when it’s done. Enjoy!