TODAY IS INTERNATIONAL WAFFLE DAY AND NATIONAL LOBSTER NEWBURG DAY!
In the US, Waffle Day happens in August, on the anniversary of the patent of the Waffle Iron. So we’ll see you guys in 5 months on that.
However, in Sweden, they celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation by eating waffles. I guess similar to the whole Candlemas thing, Mardi Gras whatnot. We aren’t Catholic, but we’re assuming that most religions are just as much about food as we are. And as SP had the day off from school, we had some waffles at Brunch using our favorite Kodiak mix. As usual, the mix provides an amazing fluffy golden waffle while packing a huge protein punch and limiting calories from fat and sugar.
The other part of today was Lobster Newburg. Our guess is that if you live on the East coast, you already know what this is. Invented by a sea captain in New York, this dish is based on the premise that lobster meat needs more butter and cream than you could possibly dip it in. It involves cooking a sauce from cream, butter, eggs, and sherry, and mixing lobster meat in it. We used this recipe to get ourselves a lobster fix.
This is the goop.
The goop plus some (extremely expensive in the Midwest) real lobster meat
Served on toasted buns!
It’s really, really good. It has a nice kick from the cayenne pepper and a milky creaminess that mixes well with the tenderness of the lobster. Were it not for the inaccessibility of lobster in the area, and the massive caloric punch to the gut of using 1/2 cup of cream, we’d probably make this one more often. But as many of the food holidays so far have done for us, it was an interesting experiment into a food neither of us had heard of, let alone eaten before.
Tomorrow is National Nougat Day and National Spinach Day!
HOW CAN THERE BE FOUR ON ONE DAY
IT’S NATIONAL POULTRY DAY AND MAPLE SYRUP SATURDAY AND NATIONAL CHOCOLATE CARAMEL DAY AND NATIONAL CORN DOG DAY, ALL AT ONCE!!
Well we combined at least two of these together. When I heard that poultry day aligned with the 3rd Saturday of March – Maple Syrup Saturday – my first thought was obvious:
Chicken and Waffles.
Specifically, the best Chicken and Waffles (hate all you want) that they serve over at Bulldog Northeast. They make these amazing sourdough waffles… but the magic is in the syrup and the chicken. The syrup is thyme-infused, which gives it a bit of that herby aftertaste that meshes well with the chicken. The chicken itself is crispy and delicious, and carries out the most important function of frying chicken which is to preserve moisture of the meat.
As long as you’re at the Bulldog, do yourself a favor and order some Togarashi tots.
We walked away in a stupor trying to think of how the rest of the day could possibly match up. Well for our chocolate caramel fix, we ended up with Grandma Edna’s.
Chocolate and caramel
It’s one of the best sweets combinations that we know. Like peanut butter and jelly is to sandwiches, chocolate and caramel are to the dessert world. We need more people like Grandma Edna!
Lastly, we had to celebrate Corn Dog Day. National Corn Dog Day takes place on the first Saturday of the NCAA tournament. We opted for a different direction than State Fair style, and got some corn dogs from Morningstar Farms, our favorite meatless product company.
We did it! And now for the coma.
Tomorrow is Bock Beer Day (though you can’t buy alcohol on Sundays in MN) and Ravioli Day!