When you are doing a paleo challenge, or special diet, it can be hard to find things to do with friends. It's amazing how many of my social activities, especially in the winter, are focused around food. Luckily I have a love of cooking and the “worlds best roommate”. She loves to clean. I know, right? Jackpot. So while doing the 30 day paleo challenge I created these waffles for a breakfast-for-dinner girl-date.
I feel I am a collector of remarkable people: from my “worlds best roommate”, friends from childhood, high school, co workers, friends- and family-of-friends, spouses-of-friends, and sometimes even complete strangers become fast-friends. As a result of the amazing-ness of my friends, I get: house keys, I have rooms in all sorts of homes all over the world, and I get to house-sit, babysit, or pet-sit fairly regularly. It's a big deal having someone trust you with their loved ones, homes and stuff. And it means I get to love kids and pets, and cook in all sorts of different kitchens. It's fantastic. I think it is an under-touted benefit of being single.
Unfortunately I do things to excess. I spent 28 days in January away from home. It was great fun, but I am so glad to be home. Something about your own bed and shower, the familiar feel of your carpet on bare feet, and the smells and sights of your own stuff. Living out of a bag the majority of the last month has helped me reinforce that I have too much stuff! Time for some serious sorting and purging! After some delicious paleo waffles of course.
This is my first recipe using manioc flour. I really like it for gluten-free and paleo friendly flour. It can be substituted into recipes 1:1 for whole wheat flour and it gives a similar texture. It goes by many names: manioc, cassava or more finely ground as tapioca. You can learn more about it here. I found some accidentally at a local deli, jammed on a shelf with chestnut flour and pasta. I'm glad I did!
- 4 eggs
- 1 medium green apple (grated)
- 1/2 cup manioc flour
- 1/2 cup almond meal
- 2 tbsp coconut milk
- 1 tbsp oil (coconut, or ghee)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 tbsp water
- Combine: eggs, grated apple, manioc flour, almond meal, coconut milk and oil, stir well.
- Add: cinnamon, apple cider vinegar, salt, baking soda and water and again, stir well.
- Spoon onto a hot and greased waffle iron.
- Cook for approximately 4 min.