Friday, July 3, 2015

Breakfast at Wimbledon

July wildflowers
Payette National Forest, Idaho, USA

"There is here, what is not in the old country. In spite of hard unfamiliar things, there is here--hope. In the old country, a man is given to the past. Here he belongs to the future. Already it is starting, the getting better." She picked up the baby and held it high in her arms. 

"This child was born of parents who can read and write," she said simply. "To me this is a great wonder."

. . . "Mother, what must I do to make a different world for her? How do I start?"

"The secret lies in the reading and the writing."

                                                         ~Betty Smith
                                   A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Here are some quick, healthy waffles for the Fourth of July. They make up a nice Breakfast at Wimbledon, and as we watch, we give a shout out to Americans in the contest. It always seems a little audacious to me that the All-England Club fills ESPN with its grass courts over the U.S. Independence Day, but I suppose I'm the one choosing to watch.

And why not? This very morning, Queen Serena fielded a serious challenge from a British loyalist named Heather Watson in a wonderful match. And here's an amazing clip from the longest Wimbledon match in history--don't worry, it's just the final moments. Check out the winner!

After breakfast, we cycle on downtown for the Liberty Parade. Later on, a barbecue and a baseball game, complete with fireworks. What are you doing for the 4th? Happy Birthday America!


Wimbledon Waffles

2 cups flour; I use a mix of whole wheat and unbleached white
1/2 tsp. salt
fresh summer berries . . . anything better in the world?
2 tsp. baking powder
1/8 to 1/4 cup sugar
3 egg yolks, beat with a fork 
1 1/4 cup almond or cashew milk, unsweetened
4 Tbsp. vegetable oil
2 Tbsp. flaxseed
3 egg whites, beat until stiff

fresh strawberries (halved or quartered), raspberries, blueberries
plain nonfat yogurt
maple syrup
walnuts (optional)

flaxseed adds protein, fiber, a bit of crunch
Combine the first four ingredients. Combine egg yolks and milk and add all at once to the flour mixture. Stir until smooth. Add oil and flaxseed and stir until combined. Fold in the egg whites. Cook by 1/3-cupfuls on a well-oiled waffle iron. 

Easy, quick, and good!

strawberries and (sort of) cream with the all-England club

Thank you service men and women, veterans, civil servants, entrepreneurs, fine citizens, families--

all who make beautiful America so grand and free.

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