January 16, 2014

Aged White Cheddar Waffles in a Creamy Tomato Orange Sauce

Since returning to civilization, where people brush their hair and leave their track pants at home, I'm slowly trying to ease back into life, which means I've been eating a lot of avocado on toast while trying to sort through a couple months worth of mail and answering a few hundred emails. At the beginning of December, I decided to go home for a bit and take a well needed break from all things serious in nature, to clear my mind, and set good intentions for 2014. Last year was a bit of a doozy. I spent the year trying to work through some trivial/non trivial personal stuff and too be honest, not nearly enough travel. I went back home to visit friends and family, lived out of a really awkward bulky suitcase with a busted wheel for 5 weeks, rolling it around through a few feet of snow, and partook in a lot of fun activities including and not limited to: cross country skiing, eating a ridiculous amount of sugar, playing A LOT of Cards Against Humanity, and catching up on Homeland (not going to ruin anything for you, but oh good lord that show gives me chest pains).  I survived a pretty intense snow storm, lost power for a few days and remained sane thanks to family, blankets, candles, and a well-stocked liquor cabinet.

I stepped back into my kitchen a few days ago, took stock of things I needed and cursed myself for not cleaning out the fridge before I left. I grabbed a light sweater, not the giant parka, toque, mittens etc. that I have been accustomed to wearing back home, and walked to the grocery store to fill my cupboards with all things delicious, including a box of Maldon salt that I now sprinkle on everything, including that sour green apple I ate last night, and my oatmeal this morning, the latter being non-intentional. It feels nice to be back in my space, with all of my favorite ingredients and favorite tools. Everything is set up and stored just the way I like it, although this time I returned to a wonderful surprise, a brand spanking new waffle iron. So now that I own a shiny waffle iron, and have a well stocked liquor cabinet with a fancy new bottle of gin, I probably don't have to leave the house for a while. Which is awesome because I am really digging this work from home pants optional thing I've got going on here.

Now that I have a personal waffle iron all to myself, it's been waffles for dinner everyday since Saturday! I've been working on this aged cheddar waffle recipe, one that I first discovered at a small cafe Lady Marmalade in Victoria BC. It was always a great spot to recover from a heavy night of drinking, but unfortunately, the staff also had the same idea, which was moderately apparent from the hunched over stature, lack of enthusiasm, and faint scent of tequila perspiring from their skin. The food was good and local, the atmosphere vibrant and eclectic, the coffee mediocre, but always flowing. My favorite thing on their menu was this spinach and aged cheddar waffle with a tomato cream sauce. I've often thought about this recipe since leaving Victoria, and was pretty excited to have been able to create something similar.

I first starting experimenting with just a simple classic waffle recipe that came with my waffle iron. I've been tweaking the ingredients, experimenting with baking soda verses powder, adjusting the sugar and salt quantities, and using oil versus butter. I've come up with a pretty simple recipe, egg, milk, butter, flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. I added in a cup of aged shredded cheese at the end and then cooked for 4 minutes on the waffle iron. The waffles are light and soft, and the perfect amount of cheesiness. The sauce is a combination of garlic, tomatoes, orange juice and cream. It is a pretty wonderful combination.

makes 2 waffles 

1 clove garlic, minced
1 tbsp butter
1 cup canned diced tomatoes in juice
1 orange
1/2 cup cream
salt and pepper to taste

1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1 1/2 tbsp butter, melted
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp sugar
pinch of salt
1 cup aged white cheddar, shredded

green onion

To make the sauce, fry the minced garlic in butter on low heat for a minute, just until it becomes aromatic. Add the diced tomatoes, the juice from one orange and the zest from one orange. Simmer for a couple of minutes. Transfer to a food processor and pulse until smooth. Slowly drizzle in the cream until combined. Season with salt and pepper. Serve warm.

To make the waffles, preheat the waffle iron. While it is warming, mix the egg, milk, and melted butter in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, add the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt and combine. Add the wet to the dry and combine with a whisk. Add the shredded cheese and stir.

Pour the batter into the waffle iron and cook for 4 minutes (medium darkness, classic waffles). Remove the waffles from the iron, cut in half, and pour a generous serving the of tomato orange sauce on top. Serve with avocado and garnish with green onions.


  1. Welcome back!!! I see your juice cleanse made for some great inspiration! ;)

  2. In serious love with these photos! So airy, natural and light. SUH GREAT. Oh, and beautiful waffles by the way! Will add them to my "blogger must make" list. Cheers!

  3. Johnny Five16 January, 2014

    Ahhhh! I haven't been to Lady Marmalade in years, but these are my favourite breakfast in the world - I can't wait to make them!

  4. Ha, I feel exactly the same about the waffle iron that I got just before Christmas. There is pretty much always something in my cupboards that I can make into a waffle. Next up are these savoury waffles for sure. Love the photographs, as ever.

  5. These waffles look seriously killer! YUM!

  6. I have never dreamed of anything that sounds so wonderful and versatile! cannot wait to make them!

  7. welcome back, lady!! our winters sound very similar...homeland, maldon salt on everything... and oh, how i've been wanting to go cross country skiing!! i've heard it's a very good workout.

    i love love looove the idea of savory waffles! my older-than-me mickey mouse waffle iron is sitting out on the counter just begging for this...i'm thinking i might have to use two of these to make a pastrami sandwich. just sayin.

  8. this looks absolutely incredible.

  9. Welcome back, Heather! Sometimes home pants are all you need.
    This recipe looks so incredibly delicious. I love absolutely everything about it. Waffles for dinner, always a winner (it rhymes!).

  10. I love the idea of a savory waffle, can't wait to try this!

  11. I can't wait to try this savory waffle! My tastes run more towards the savory than the sweet so I would totally eat this for breakfast!! Avocados are my favorite too. YAY! Thank you for sharing this recipe. xo

  12. I had no idea you had lived in Victoria! Lady Marm's (as my friends and I affectionately call it) is my favorite brunch place despite the eccentricities of both the decor and the staff. My favorite item on their menu is the club sandwich but the waffles are so good too. I will definitely have to try this out next week for Sunday Brunch!

  13. I am not a fan of sticky sweet syrupy pancakes, so I think this sounds really really good. I'm all over the savory side of this one. Thanks for sharing a great idea. Pinned.

  14. This is my first time visiting your site, and I must say that I truly love your blog. I love the idea of savory waffles. This is something that I will be making for breakfast very,very soon. It's so nice to find another blogger that resides in Seattle:) Thank you for sharing your passion with us.

    1. Hi Kristan, I just took a look at your blog, and I love your recipes. You have me drooling over ALL of them. You videos are pretty amazing as well. Looking forward to making some of your recipes, especially the pumpkin pie!

  15. Heather, thanks so much for taking the time to check out my blog, it truly means a a lot to me.. Yeah, that pumpkin pie is definitely one of my favorites, I hope you like it too. :) I am actually quite eager to make the soup you just posted, looks incredible!

  16. Anonymous14 May, 2014

    I found your blog while in search for a recipe for these waffles. Lady Marmalade is a frequent breakfast place of mine and I'd love to recreate these waffles at home. Thanks for sharing!

  17. Thanks for the recipe, I will try it out.