Sunday, June 14, 2009

forget musical chairs......

Around here it is musical hats some days.... and there isn't even music! Just changing hats at the drop of one if you know what I mean.

Turn around and you are the short order cook. One of my favourite lines in Shrek is Donkey getting all comfy on the furniture; ready for a good night's sleep and saying... "and in the morning, I'm making waffles!" ... right before he gets kicked out onto the front porch. Every so often it pops into my head ... and then, I want waffles. Everybody has the cute little waffle maker right? .. ....and we hardly ever use them. I bet I only use mine once or twice a year.












Today I finally made some. Oh, and .... you absolutely have to have real Canadian Maple Syrup with them!











....just finish cleaning up and all of a sudden you shift gears to become ...a hairdresser! Yup... today I was doing a bit of wiggery... which, may I just say.... is much tougher than it looks in the tutorials.... there will be more made and more practice heads (avec hair) sitting patiently waiting for bodies and other adornments.











... then I moved on to hand stitching... attaching fancy trim to her gown.... yes, she is still ongoing....












but, ..... remembered I wanted to try the Kaiser Bun recipe again... today! After snow last weekend...today it was a lovely +25C. which signifies the perfect time for BBQ usage. Back on went the chef's hat... mixed up the dough. Then.. made the colossal mistake of going out to see what Mr. BV was up to. All of a sudden I became an electrician's helper....to somebody wearing an electrician's hat. Holding things at arm's length because I couldn't get close enough to it ... my mid back was killing me after about 45 minutes of him wrestling with the plugs and switches he is organizing for the little fountain.












This all began so innocently. But, all of a sudden this little fountain purchase has taken on monumental proportions as the latest "hi-tech design and construct" patio feature. Instead of just plugging in an extension cord as we have done for years with different patio additions... now we will have the latest and greatest gizmo that will have little switches ...and they are attached to a backboard...which will eventually have a cute backless birdhouse covering and hiding the whole thing... it will be a work of art... because Mr. BumbleVee got a bee in his bonnet...(er, hat)












whoops... run back in to punch down dough.. back out to hold something... back to shape buns... back out to..... by then... help hold a huge garden stone so somebody could play stonecutter with the water cooled tile saw... ...and get the stone ledging completed. One stone has been sitting there..uncut...for years...... .... then back to take out the buns... oh, man...lucky for me I kept remembering they were in here, (mostly making themselves), whilst I was racing back and forth.











This dough has the loveliest feel to it. So soft, cool, and silky. There must be a way to make it keep the design...but, so far it eludes me. It softens up and disappears...I think a bit more flour on top after shaping might help..but, seeing as this is only the second attempt... I need to practice a bit more to say exactly. However, design aside... they taste wonderful and have the great Kaiser crust while being soft yet strong enough to hold together with all the goodies crammed inside.














I sure don't do this very often...but, when I do...I want a REAL burger!! Lettuce, tomato, pickle, two relishes, mayo, mustard, a bit of ketchup .. what else? ..oh, that's it. I want the juices dripping off my elbows. The buns better hold up. These buns held up beautifully. A real keeper. Finally ... the perfect Kaiser.










Definitely not one to waste the heat in a super hot oven like the 450 this one takes... I quickly made a batch of chocolate chip banana muffins to toss in right away. The freezer is empty of goodies for lunches...











Then I had to vacuum.... well, there was flour and cornmeal bits...and crumbs..and ... well.... bits and pieces of thread and stuff all over.... I just had to...... couldn't stand it.

Whew.... then it was time for wine on the patio .... hatless ... sitting in a chair!!

13 comments:

Shashi Nayagam said...

Looks like you have been doing all sorts of interesting things. You make my mouth water with those delicious looking burger and muffins. It is only 9 o'clock here and have had my breakfast and yet when I look at these my mouth drips. I guess I better go an do some workout. Look forward to your doll. Hope you will show her to us soon. Yesterday I went to a garden centre and there I saw a fountain just like yours and I thought of you.

PG said...

You'd NEED a glass of wine or two after all that! We don't really go in for waffles over here, you can get them sold readymade in someplaces, but I can't even remember if I've ever had one, or maple syrup...a bit sweet for me I think! most people have a rarely used sandwich toaster lurking at the back of their cupboard though.

MaryO said...

You failed to mention one more hat you wore on this day....Photographer on the Run. Wow! I don't accomplish that much in a week......
Those buns are glorious, BTW...I want some!

Maria said...

Hello Vee,
You are an amazing women! How the heck do you fit so much into your day. It all looks so yummy... enjoy! I do miss all your wonderful snacks and cooking. Take can my friend.
Hugs ... Maria

Daisy said...

We found something called "Batter Blaster." It's pancake/waffle batter in a dispenser. It's so easy to use, we make waffles almost every Sunday in our waffle-maker!

Dolores said...

I got tired reading all that you've been up to. YAWWWWWWWWN. Time for a nap.

Kerry said...

I chuckled all the way through this story. Goodness that burger looks scrumptious and those muffins too,yum and I have to make it until dinner but after looking at these I might not make it.

Draffin Bears said...

What a busy bee you have been Vee!

Real maple syrup is great and yes, I make waffles about twice a year. I prefer pancakes.

Your kaiser buns, hamburgers and muffins look tasty.

Look forward to seeing the finished fountain.

Hugs
Carolyn

Sandy said...

Well wow, you do wear lots of hats! This was a funny tale you spun, with running back and forth..haha. You must love to cook by the way, sure wish I did. Your food looked so good.

Sue said...

I am exhausted after reading about your day, and I'm thoroughly impressed that you remembered the kaisers! I know that I would have forgotten them completely.

Love your posts and pics, so much fun to read. I've also learned to read them around mealtimes, because invariably I get hungry!
LOL

Jennifer Rose said...

that burger looks really good :D hmmm probably too late to start cooking here :p

we don't have a waffle maker *cries* and real proper maple syrup costs £4 for small bottle :/

Linda Fleming said...

Okay- I was completley exhausted and need a nap after reading everything you did that day. But that burger looks so yummy!

HElen said...

Oh , those baked goodies looks so, so-o-u yummy!