Waffles for breakfast – another zero waste meal

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zero waste breakfast - home made waffles
I’m a bit behind with things today. I just spent a gorgeous hour and a half on the phone with a good friend of mine.

Not even a busy website is going to keep me away from a good natter with a great person who lifts my spirits and inspires me!

We came down to a leak in the dining room this morning which had turned our dining floor into a puddle. As soon as the rain stops, Mr Green will have to shin up the ladder to find out what is going on.

He has a garage full of ‘just in case’ things, so no doubt he will find the right material for the job and it will be a zero waste affair.

Breakfast today was waffles. One of Little miss Green’s favourites. I want to introduce you to another much-used kitchen gadget of mine – the waffle maker.

You know how you buy gadgets, thinking they will be great, use them half a dozen times and then the novelty wears off? Well, my waffle maker and I have had a long term love affair for several years. It cost less than a tenner from Lidls and is as good as the day it was bought.
waffle makes for zero waste meals
It gets regular use, especially when it’s raining outside and little Miss Green wants something warm to eat.

Here is my fail-safe waffles recipe. I’m usually a throw-it-all in cook, but this one I measure out properly to ensure good results:

6oz plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
pinch salt
1 beaten egg
1 tbsp oil
150-300 mls milk.

It’s very straight foward: Mix together the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl.
Add the wet ingredients and whisk until you get a thick, but pourable batter, like thick cream.

If you want to speed things up for breakfast, then make the batter the night before and give it a stir throuhg in the morning.
How far in advance you make the mix will determine how much milk you need. The longer you leave it, the more milk you need because the flour absorbs the liquid over time.

Heat up the waffle iron, pour the batter in and leave to work its magic.

A true celebratory style, easy to make breakfast with zero waste – especially as Little Miss Green muched her way through EIGHT waffles LOL! She must be going through a growth spurt.

This afternoon she is going to a friend’s house and Mr Green and I need to top up on some supplies. Let’s hope we don’t have any landfill surprises when we hit the shops.

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I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth's fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. Hi Mrs Green,

    I believe when you bake it yourself, it tastes better. The young one obviously agrees. My younger days was a time of eating good things to excess as well.

    Since starting home baking myself, due to Zero Waste, I have learned that it is a skill worth developing. After madeira cakes, the latest trend is sponges. First a simple strawberry jam filling and icing sugar (sugar ground in a coffee bean grinder)on top. Next week probably a coffee cake and icing, though chocolate sponge and coffee icing (mocha) might be tastier.

    I visit an aunt, who recently lost her footing on an escalator (with the bumps and a few cuts as mementos), regularly and ask her opinion of my baking efforts. Part of the pleasure is to see others enjoy it as well.

  2. Tracey Smith says:

    Good ole Lid’s, I love them…


  3. Mrs Green says:

    Hi John, yes home baking definitely wins in terms of taste (and knowing exactly what is in things). I hope your aunt recovers to full health soon; that must have been quite a shock for her – but nothing a bit of home made coffee cake won’t put right 😉

  4. Kris says:

    That looks a lovely breakfast – how many waffles overall does that recipe quantity of batter make? I think I might need to scale it down for just the two of us – I’m not letting him eat eight as he’s past the growth stage 🙂

  5. Mrs Green says:

    Hmmm, now you’ve asked me Kris – I think that mix is for about 6 – 8. I usually double it if she’s in hunger mode. Funny things kids, another day she’ll eat next to nothing…..

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