Waffle Day began in Sweden because of the confusion between the Swedish word Våffeldagen meaning “Waffle Day” and the word“vårfrudagen” meaning “Our Lady’s Day” which also falls on the same date. Waffle Day traditionally announces the start of spring and is celebrated by the eating of many waffles.
I love waffles! I associate them with my dad being home for a leisurely breakfast on a holiday or Sunday morning. We usually ate cereal for breakfast during the week, but when we were not rushing off to school or Dad to work, Mom fixed waffles or pancakes. For my own children, I frequently fixed breakfast food for supper, with waffles being a favorite. Those were relaxed fun meals together.
I especially like the versatility of waffles which can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert or as a snack. Whether waffles are square, round or in a shape like a heart or Mickey Mouse’s face, the little nooks in them are wonderful receptacles for butter, syrup or other tasty sauces.
This recipe reminds of spring time with the strawberries and the chicken. What a nice change of pace for a weekend lunch or supper!
Strawberry Rosemary Waffles with Chicken
2 cups buttermilk pancake mix
1 1/4 cups cold water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons melted butter
3/4 cup chopped strawberries
3 tablespoons fresh rosemary
12 grilled or fried chicken strips
Mix together the buttermilk pancake mix, water, egg, vanilla, and melted butter. The batter will be slightly lumpy. Stir in the chopped strawberries and rosemary. Do not over-mix.
Pour the batter onto your preheated waffle iron that has been lightly greased. I use cooking spray.
Cook the waffles until steaming stops, about three to five minutes, or until golden brown. Serve the waffles with warm grilled or fried chicken pieces, and you can also use syrup and fresh berries. Strawberry syrup was especially good with these waffles!