This Sunday, I’ll celebrate my first Mother’s Day as a mother. For such an occasion, what would you guess I want as a gift? A piece of jewelry? A day at the spa, perhaps? Nope. In all honesty, I want a day where I don’t have to make one meal or wash one dish.
It’s hard to imagine, actually. Me not being in the kitchen for a day. Between feeding my family and standing over the seemingly never-ending pile of dishes, I think I spend most of my day in this room of the house. For the most part, I enjoy it (maybe not the dish part), but still, the thought of lounging outside in the sun on Sunday while my husband preps, cooks and cleans up is wonderful. I could start a novel, or paint my nails…now I’m getting ahead of myself; I do still have an 8-month old to tend to.
Since I’m deep in fantasy here, I’ll share my ideal husband-prepared Mother’s Day breakfast. I would love a stack of buttermilk waffles with strawberries and freshly whipped cream. A Rose Supmante or Moscato mimosa and a French press coffee on the side would make it perfect. Why waffles? Well, I never make them. On the weekends, breakfast is always a big deal, whether it’s bacon, eggs and hash browns or banana pancakes, or biscuits and gravy, but never waffles. Honey, if you’re reading this (and I really hope you do!), this recipe sounds good:
Adapted from Williams-Sonoma
- 3 eggs, separated
- 1 ½ cups buttermilk
- 8 Tbs. (1 stick) butter, melted
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp. salt
- 3 Tbs. sugar
Preheat oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Preheat a waffle maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. In a large bowl, whisk the egg yolks. Whisk in the buttermilk, butter and vanilla. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar into a bowl. Add flour mixture to the yolk mixture and whisk until smooth.
In another bowl, whisk the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Using a rubber spatula, fold half of the egg whites into the batter, then fold in the remaining whites. Cook the waffles according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Transfer cooked waffles to a baking sheet and keep warm in the oven.
Serve the waffles with lots of fresh, sliced strawberries and dollops of freshly whipped cream.
Dinner is up to you, dear husband.
–What is the best Mother’s Day gift you’ve given or received?