It’s time to tune in once again to The Table Set podcast. This time Nathan, Andy and I get together to answer the question, Will It Waffle? (Yes, it will!).
The question is actually posed (and answered) by Daniel Shumski in his new book of the same name (Will It Waffle? Yes, it will! Workman 2014). We were sent a copy and immediately decided it was an intriguing enough question to dedicate an entire episode to the waffle iron.
To get the episode started we dial the author on Skype to hear how (and why) he became obsessed enough with waffles to write a whole book around them. It’s Daniel’s theory that (almost) anything can be cooked in (on?) a waffle iron. Waffleized pizza and burgers, sure. But how about calamari salad or chocolate chip cookies? Why not? And Nathan wants to know if soft-shell crab will waffle (Yes, it will!).
Daniel’s obviously an expert. But on The Table Set we sometimes like to turn to another foodie icon just to see what inspiration she offers. I’m talking about Betty Crocker. We filled the Hot Pot with Betty Crocker recipes cards from the 1970s to see how they might be waffleized. The challenge, as always, is to blindly draw one of these cards and answer Daniel’s question, “Will it Waffle?” The results, as always, are surprising.
The episode really gets going once we we heat up the old waffle iron and get waffling. Here’s what we came up with. Andy and Nathan made something impromptu using kimchi and masa. Both were inspired by Daniel’s book. But I prefer to practice. So I made a waffle I’ve made before. That recipe can be found here.
Andy, Nathan and I had some fun with waffles and I think you will too.
“The new book Will It Waffle? offers fantastic, non-waffle recipes for your waffle iron, covering breakfast, lunch, dinner and beyond.
We’re talking bacon and eggs, pizza, falafel, steak, s’mores, chocolate chip cookies and more — all in your waffle iron.
The book features dozens of new recipes, along with riffs on the most popular recipes from the Waffleizer blog that started all of this.”
Here’s a sample of Daniel genius. GREG