charcoal waffle ornament

Would you like some coal with that Christmas? photo by vsimon


I have gotten really good at making charcoal.

And become a danger in the kitchen.

A couple of weeks ago, I looked at the stove as I was reducing apple cider. There was a thick column of smoke leaving the pan. The pan and it’s contents  immediately went outside, leaving a trail of smoke behind me, stinking up the kitchen. The heavy stainless saucepan was salvaged later, with a lot of scrubbing.

Surprisingly, the smoke detector didn’t go off.

Today it was waffles. I am using up my formerly vast collection of gluten free whole-grain flours. These were going to be Quinoa Cocoa Waffles. But I had only a little of quinoa flour left, so I had to mix in the rest of the teff flour, and then some amaranth flour to get the necessary 1 cup measure.

I made 4 squares without incident. We put a chocolate chips into each well and kept them warm in the toaster oven. The bittersweet chocolate got all nice and melty. We slathered peanut butter over the liquid chocolate. It got all nice and melty too. Vince put some  maple syrup (real of course) on his waffle. I skipped it since I didn’t want the extra sweetness.

Meanwhile I put the remainder of the batter in the waffle maker and sat down to enjoy a lovely lunch while we watched FoodTV.

You can guess what happened.

Two shows and an hour later I got up to do the dishes. Darn, I could see that the waffle maker was still plugged in. There was only the faintest acrid smell. And I was afraid to open the lid for fear of another column of smoke. The ceiling is white, I’d like to keep it that way.

Inside was a nice piece of charcoal though. And I did check the smoke detector.


charcoal waffle photo by lsimon

And BTW, the other waffles were delicious.

5 thoughts on “Charcoal”

    1. Hi Tram! I have gotten amaranth and teff flours at our big grocery store, it is a regional chain market. They have stopped stocking teff flour though, it is expensive so I suppose the demand is low. I love it though. Great taste, texture, and color. You could get it online, or possibly a specialty store. I don’t like amaranth flour well enough to buy it anymore, no matter what the price. It works in crisps with oatmeal, but makes muffins, cakes and pancakes goods gummy.

  1. I can relate! I learned a tip that has me washing out my cast iron sauté pans and then putting them on the stove on a medium fire to dry. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve forgotten and left them there, only to discover it after the smoke alarm goes off! Now, I’ve learned my lesson, I set a timer for 2 minutes and thus never forget!

  2. Oh, Linda, this is hysterical! Thank you so much for sharing with us all. Don’t we all feel better for our kitchen faux pas (plural?) now? Love this as an ornament—too cute! 🙂