Vegan Textured Rice Waffles, Sorbet, & Fresh Fruit
International Waffle Day, March 25, stems from Våffeldagen, as the holiday is called in Sweden. It hasn’t yet caught on enough to motivate employers to give days off from work, airlines to offer discount Waffle Day travel, and the like, but it’s still a great excuse to break out one of your favorite vegan waffle recipes and concoct some deliciousness.
Speaking of Sweden, I just saw some Swedish pearled sugar in Ikea the other day, and that night I had tasty dreams of baking Belgian Liege-style yeast raised waffles.
Vegan waffle parties often occur beyond the “peak” season of May. While only a portion of them come across my radar, I’m always excited to hear about them. And they always make me so hooongry.
Umami Mama Vegan Waffles with Savory Cashew-Mushroom Sauce. Photo by Melissa at Food and Loathing. Yummers!
Most recently, Melissa at Foodandloathing.com threw a mini vegan waffle party, and posted a wonderful photo of the Umami Mama Waffles (with the Savory Cashew-Mushroom Sauce) from The Global Vegan Waffle Cookbook. I’ve reposted it with her kind permission here. I am excited that she’s giving away a copy of the GVWC as part of a fun competition at her blog. So go check that out before the competition ends this weekend! Even if you don’t enter the competition, check out the rest of her groovy site with lots of great tongue-teasing food photos, useful ideas, and candid opinions. Continue reading
Vegan waffles are still hard at work improving the planet. Shortly after publishing The Global Vegan Waffle Cookbook, I promised that I’d donate 20% of GVWC profits for sales through May 2012 to charity. Just after Thanksgiving is a great time to do this, as it’s a great way to show gratitude to everyone who has kindly supported this project. This includes those of you who have purchased the book, mentioned it to your friends, liked the book’s page on Facebook, helped with the original recipe testing, thrown waffle parties across the globe, provided feedback and reviews, and so on.
Amidst your moments of silence to reflect upon your incredible love for waffles, give a shout out for Cornelius Swartwout. He filed the first U.S. waffle iron patent in 1869. Thus, today in the U.S. is National Waffle Day. It’s still not viewed as important enough for most employers to grant a day off work, or for most cities to host a parade, or for greeting card companies to crank out a full range of readable, edible, hear-able, and smell-able products related to it, but you and I know how incredibly important this day is. Well, okay, at least I do.
(Pause to go shout from the rooftops, and to imagine a day filled with waffle party greeting cards, waffle gift baskets, songs about waffles on the radio, sensual waffle-scented gift fragrances, and so on.)
We’ve come a long and impressive way since then, with flip waffle irons, grids shaped like everything from hearts to farm animals, waffle makers with temperature adjustments and built-in timers, and so on. But whatever the technology, the same basic deliciousness and topping-worthy design of our beloved dish remains the same. So thanks again, revered C-Swart, for helping to make it all possible.
We had a lot of fun with our own vegan waffle party in Pittsburgh this year, and we were also excited to hear what others did with their events!
Among the cities joining us this year, including several returning veterans, were Fort Ashby, WV, US; Seattle, WA, US; Berkeley, CA, US; Tempe, AZ, US; Guelph, Ontario, Canada; Tavares, FL, US; Miami, FL, US; Boston, MA, US, Minneapolis/Twin Cities, MN, US; Staten Island, NY, US; Stoke-on-Kent, UK; Nottingham, UK; Herndon, VA, US. (Edit after original post: Washington, DC, US and a third (!) Seattle, WA, US host also joined us this year.) Continue reading
This recipe is a last-minute concoction for this year’s Pittsburgh Global Vegan Waffle Party. I wanted to share in case you needed any more ideas for your own event. Enjoy!
Makes 1 cup
- 1/2 cup coconut manna or coconut butter at room temperature
- 3 tablespoons vegan margarine at room temperature
- 2 tablespoons agave nectar
- 1/3 cup vegan chocolate chips
- 1/3 cup dried cranberries
Soften the coconut manna by placing the jar in a bowl of hot or warm water if necessary, to make it stirrable. Soften the margarine in the microwave if necessary, just until it’s stirrable.
Mix the coconut manna, margarine, and agave nectar in a small bowl until well blended. Fold in all but a tablespoon of the chocolate chips, and all but a tablespoon of cranberries. Stir until evenly distributed. Sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips and cranberries on top.
Spread onto your favorite waffle, or just eat huge globs off of a spoon when nobody’s looking.