Waffles with Bel

October 14, 2014

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I met Bel earlier this year at Transition Farm when she was interning. On our first day together we spent the afternoon planting garlic and I thought she was just the coolest. I mean, Bel knits and dyes and has traveled to South America. She also, importantly, appreciates the value of an overhead food shot. We bonded over a love for cake, Molly and radishes with butter and salt. And Waffles. 

Last weekend we had a waffle date at her gorgeous, sunlit home. Bel borrowed Robin‘s waffle maker and prepared Smitten Kitchen‘s recipe for buttermilk waffles (recipe link). We used fennel fronds to grease the waffle maker because that’s what farm folk do. To adorn our waffles we made a maple vanilla cream, which Bel served with sweet berries and almond flakes. And then we sat on the porch and planned future cooking dates.

I’m so happy you’re here, Bel. Thanks for the waffles X

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Maple Vanilla Cream

Makes ~1 cup cream

~1/2 cup Cream (milkfat ~35%)
1/2 tablespoon Pure Maple Syrup
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract (or seeds from 1/3 a vanilla bean)

1. Place the cold cream, maple and vanilla in a bowl and whisk using a hand-mixer with a whisk attachment (alternatively use a stand mixer with a whisk attachment or go for gold with your hand and a whisk) – whisking until firm peaks as per The Kitchn’s instruction.
2. Taste and adjust for more maple/vanilla as desired and whisk again as required.

Heidi xo


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  • laurasmess October 14, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    I love how life throws you into the most beautiful tapestry of friendships. It sounds like you and Bel are foodie kindreds, bonding over Smitten waffles and maple cream! I love these shots as always; soft light and the most gentle of arrangements. You’ve given me a calm start to the morning (despite being cramped into a small, cold British attic, grey sky outside and banging hammers from next door! Thank goodness for redemptive oats and whole milk… and air tickets home in two weeks!). Love xxxx

    • Heidi October 15, 2014 at 8:44 am

      Oh, Laura, how lovely are you. So happy to provide some light for your morning. Surely you’ll be bypassing Melbourne on your way home? 😉 x

      • laurasmess October 22, 2014 at 9:06 am

        Oh I wish! I think that I need to plan a trip through to Melbourne one day soon so that we can hug, breathe and eat something beautiful together. And possibly talk about life and all of the grand things that we appreciate. Watch this space xxx

  • molly yeh October 17, 2014 at 12:43 am

    how cute is this?! (can i come over and plant garlic??)



    • Heidi October 17, 2014 at 11:02 am

      Ummmm yes, farm girl, you most certainly can!! 🙂 x

  • Hannah October 19, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Oh but what a dream, such a dream! This is all the joy and love. Kindred spirits are the best x

  • Bel October 19, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    aww heidi, this is so lovely! i love our garlic/waffle/fennel frond friendship!

    so happy to be here on the peninsula with you 🙂 xxx