Monday, February 20, 2012

Buttermilk Waffles and Downton Abbey Blues

Hello! Happy Monday! I hope that you had a great weekend, I know that I did. I spent the day with my mother on Saturday, and Sunday was spent with friends eating a delicious waffle brunch, meeting new people and winding down the day with Downton Abbey.

Did you watch? What did you think? As soon as it was over I was searching the Internet to find out when we will be able to see Season 3, so far I have not found the start date, so if you know when it is do let me know so I can mark my calendar.

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I loved the episode, and I have to disagree with the critics that this season was not as good a season as the first. I loved every minute and I am hanging on the edge of my seat waiting for the next. I was hoping that Mr. Bates was going to be found not guilty of murdering his ex-wife, but I guess that would not have made for good TV, so I will be grateful that he was given life in prison. I wonder who killed Mrs. Bates? Do you have any ideas?



I am so excited that Mary and William finally came together but wonder will they actually marry and live happily ever after? Do you think we have seen the last of Sir Richard? I actually felt just a smidgen sorry for him when he told Mary he really did love her; I guess jealousy made him act like a total ass.



I am still not too sure about Thomas, he seems too shady for me and I do not feel as if he is reformed. As for Lady Rosamund, it must be hard to be "a woman of a certain age" and a widow to find love in Edwardian England, I hope we see more of her.



I think my favorite part of the night was the behind the scenes, it was fun to see some of the characters as they are in real life, giving their opinion of their characters, talking about what it was like to shoot the episodes. I am sad now that I have nothing to close my weekend out with and will be anxiously awaiting the next season.



Tell me what you thought, did you have a favorite part? Did you love it or were you disappointed? I think that anything that stars Maggie Smith is fabulous, we do need to see more of her.

 The waffle brunch that I attended yesterday was delicious, I mean what is not to love about crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside Buttermilk waffles with real maple syrup? Although I did not take any photos, I did manage to get the recipe and I have to tell you it is excellent.


America's Test Kitchen
The recipe is unique because it contains seltzer water, no butter and dried butter milk. I hope you try it and see for yourself the difference between this recipe and some others that are available.

 (recipe courtesy of America’s Test Kitchen)
                                      
2 cups (10 ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
¾ teaspoon table salt
½ cup dried buttermilk powder (see note)
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ cup sour cream
2 large eggs
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup vegetable oil
1 ¼ cups unflavored seltzer water (see note)

Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 250 degrees. Set wire rack in rimmed baking sheet and place baking sheet in oven. Whisk flour, sugar, salt, buttermilk powder, and baking soda in large bowl to combine. Whisk sour cream, eggs, vanilla, and vegetable oil in medium bowl to combine. Gently stir seltzer into wet ingredients. Make well in center of dry ingredients and pour in wet ingredients. Gently stir until just combined. Batter should remain slightly lumpy.

Following manufacturer’s instructions, heat waffle iron. Bake waffles according to manufacturer’s instructions (use about 1/3 cup for 7-inch round iron). Transfer waffles to rack in warm oven and hold for up to 10 minutes before serving.


Before I go off to work I wanted to thank the following ladies and their blogs for being the top referring sites to my blog for the last two weeks. As I am coming up on my one year blog anniversary it is so nice to have help growing my readership from these successful and beautiful blogs.

Jeanne at Collage of Life
Lauren at Pure Style Home

I hope you have a fabulous week! I am off to work where we are working on some new prototypes, I think it should be fun and interesting.

8 comments:

  1. So glad you enjoyed the final episode. Have they aired the Christmas special yet, or was that it? If not, you have another couple of hours to come :-)
    My weekend was great, we went to a Downton style village and stepped back in time, I have blogged it!
    Enjoy your Sunday my dear friend.
    Di
    x

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  2. Good morning sweet and beautiful friend! Well, the first three seasons of this delight will be delivered to our door within a couple of days! THANK YOU for the enthusiastic inspiration to watch these! Ruben and I both adore British-made and themed movies so much. How are you today?

    ENJOY A RESTFUL DAY! Anita

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  3. Joining beautiful friends here...oooh, Dianne's post is a MUST-SEE!!
    I am way behind on Downton, but I will get there eventually and I can't wait! And Anita will get to see it, hooray :)
    Elizabeth dear, the waffles sound so amazing..
    Enjoy your creative week, sweet friend!
    Warm hugs,
    - Irina

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  4. Elizabeth are you going to need a 12-step program to wean you off Downton Abbey? I’ve honestly never watched since I don’t watch much TV. Your waffles sound good now that I could get into. I’m so glad people browse my blogroll and visit the other blogs. I wish you much continued success.

    Happy President’s Day!
    XX
    Debra~

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  5. Cannot comment on the show, have yet to see a full episode. Sunday nights just aren't the best for me...family night out for dinner normally! The waffles though we can talk about....and they sound decadently good. Kind of glad you don't live near me afteall.....all that baking you do, well suffice to say we would be good friends. Very good friends:)

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  6. Elizabeth, I loved it! My favorite part was the marriage proposal in the snow. How romantic. And I also cried when Mary had the talk with her father about the dark secret that had been hanging over her and he had such a great attitude about it. I do love that man! What a wonderful show. Can't wait for season three!

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  7. Oh, I did NOT want
    that awesome show
    to end!!! I now need
    to find an older series
    to watch and tide me
    over. I hope the very
    positive reaction to
    D.A. will convince BBC
    and other production
    companies to churn out
    more quality programs
    of this type!

    Funny, I add seltzer water
    to scrambled eggs; makes
    them nice and fluffy. I'll
    have to try the waffles ~ yum!

    xx Suzanne

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  8. Yes, I need to go back in time, and watch the first DA shows I missed. Great actors!
    I see you write several blogs! Now that's an undertaking! Good for you!
    Enjoy!,
    Barbara

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