It’s nice to have good friends to vacation with occasionally.
But if you’re married, finding “couple” friends is challenging considering all the relationships that have to go well. Throw in children of different ages and things get really complicated. Spending 24 hours a day together can bring up a lot of issues regarding food, activities, lodging and money to say nothing of the eccentricities most of us I try to hide from polite company.
As our kids were growing up, we went camping at least once or twice a year with Steve and Joan. In the beginning, we both had tents. Then they got a pop-up camper. Before long, they purchased an RV replaced eventually with a bigger RV. Along the way, we brought the “banana boat” to the party. All our kids learned to ski and knee board behind that old yellow boat.
Meanwhile, back at camp we cooked, ate, and talked about the next time we would eat. Many traditions evolved through the years. For example, we rewarded ourselves with homemade ice cream after setting up camp–usually on Friday night. Another was Joan’s Orange Pecan Waffles, always prepared one morning for breakfast.
These are not fussy waffles. No separating eggs or folding in the whites. Joan assembled the dry ingredients at home and combined them with the liquids at camp. Part of the fun was making them with Joan’s Belgian waffle iron. Instead of using electricity, it was heated directly over a burner or campfire. I bought one myself but don’t use it much because it requires constant attention–something I can only manage when I’m away from home. Of course, I made the ones you see here with an electric waffle iron.
This recipe produces thick Belgian waffles with a rather dense, muffin-like texture. In fact, leftovers make great snacks later in the day.
- 1-1/2 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Juice (2/3 cup) and rind (1 tablespoon) of two small oranges
- ¼ cup butter, melted
- ½ cup pecans,toasted and chopped
- Whisk or sift together flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in a large bowl.
- Add eggs, vanilla, orange juice, rind and butter to flour mixture. Stir with a spoon just until mixed. Carefully fold in pecans.
- Cook on preheated waffle iron according to manufacturer's instructions.
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