Today's subject: cooking with babies! "But that's not vegan!" you say. No no no, I mean cooking alongside babies, not cooking with babies as a component. Phew.
It turns out it's pretty easy to cook with a newborn, at least if you catch him at the right time of day. Emperor Babykins was sort of fussy after he had his first daylight meal around 7:30 this morning, and I decided that rather than trying to go back to sleep (my original plan), I'd get up, put him in the Moby Wrap, and make waffles.
The Moby Wrap is an awesome item. It's essentially just a really, really long piece of stretchy fabric. You wrap it around yourself in a sort of x shape, tie it around your waist, and stuff the baby in. Suddenly you have hands-free baby action! GENIUS! As an added bonus, the Moby seems to make Emperor Babykins pass out almost instantly.
And so it is that my son and I cooked our first meal together. We made the Chocolate Beer Waffles out of Vegan Brunch. Okay, his main contribution to this process was snoring cutely while I did stuff, but that's all right. He'll get more kitchen responsibility when he's older. I should have my own little sous chef by the time he's six or seven. Mwahahahaha.
So, the Chocolate Beer Waffles. I've made two other waffle recipes out of Vegan Brunch, Cornmeal Waffles and Gingerbread Waffles. I've also had the Old-Fashioned Chelsea Waffles at a PPK brunch party. (We need to do this again sometime, guys.)
Out of the four, I think these are my least favorite so far. They have a GREAT texture-- really crispy and yum-- but something about the flavor tasted off to me. They were just a little too bitter. I don't know, maybe I accidentally put in the wrong amount of sugar? My husband really liked them, though, so... maybe the problem is just me!
I also had a bit of trouble with my waffle iron this morning. Usually, I mess up the first waffle. It pulls apart into two. Then all the rest of the waffles are fine. Today, the first waffle was fine... and all the rest pulled apart. Argh. I didn't actually finish using all of the batter because it was just too frustrating. The upside of this? We have batter for waffles again tomorrow.