Waffles were on the menu on Sunday mornings since forever. After I had moved out in college, whenever I was home on Sunday morning, we always had waffles. Even last year my mom made waffles for us on Sunday when we visited.
So I asked Mom if she wanted to make waffles Sunday morning.
In the summer we made my mom's
old Hungarian Goulash and she supervised the whole thing, especially how
to mix the ingredients for the dumplings. We had a lot of fun and a great meal at the end.
The caregiver wasn't too sure about the waffle idea, but I was determined.
Steve: Where's the waffle iron?
Mom: In the lower cabinet on the left, wrapped in a white and red towel.
Sure enough there it was. This waffle iron has to be 40 years old at least. I checked and found this story at Chow hound about someone with the same waffle iron. I got out the flour. There was baking powder, milk. We used olive oil instead of butter.
Steve: Where's a mixing bowl?
Mom: Turn 180˚.
And there behind me on a shelf was the old white mixing bowl with the beaters from the electric mixer. The mixer was right next to it. She sat at the table in her wheel chair and guided me as I poured the ingredients into the bowl. I had to put the baking powder in a little milk and water in the measuring cup and let it do its reaction on the side before adding it to the batter.
Soon I had a good thick, but not too thick, batter. I'd already been told to plug in the waffle iron so it would be hot. But we couldn't find the brush to put the oil on the griddle inside the waffle iron. I poured a little in with a spoon then opened and closed the waffle iron several times to get it on the top and bottom.
Then I poured in the batter and closed the waffle iron. The light was on outside. When it went off, the waffles should be ready. While the first one was cooking, I remembered we needed chocolate chips.
Caregiver: We don't have any.
Mom: Look in the second drawer on the left. Is there a cookie tin in there?
Mom: Look inside the tin.
And there was an unopened bag of chocolate chips. There's a reason my mom doesn't want anyone organizing her kitchen (or any other part of the house) for her.
I had tried to open the waffle iron to check. The batter had risen and pushed it open a little, but it was sticking to the griddle. Would the waffles come loose easily or tear open because they were stuck to the griddle?
The light went out and I tried to open the waffle iron. It seemed to be stuck, but then the waffle popped loose from the bottom and I was able to pull it off the top intact. It was perfect.
Then we cut some bananas on top and poured some honey and some Himbeersaft onto the waffles.
We both ate way too much waffle. But it was a delightful morning. I tried to explain the waffle tradition to my mom's caregiver so she could understand this was more than just a messy breakfast experiment. It was a tapping into important parts of my mom (and my) brain. A place where she's still fully mobile and her mind has everything under control. At one point when we couldn't find the brush to oil the griddle with, my mom forgot she couldn't walk and said, "Let me get it" and tried to stand up.