Waffles

It seems that Hancock International College loves to explore American food. Why? Because we eat three times a day I think that must be it. Our ESL students are on a mission to try as many different breakfasts as they can and since today is National Waffle Day I thought I’d share about their story.

Nationaldaycalendar.com says, “The first United States patent for a waffle iron was issued to Cornelius Swarthout of Troy, New York on August 24, 1869. In honor of this anniversary, National Waffle Day is observed each year on August 24th. Eaten throughout the world, a waffle is a leavened batter or dough that is cooked between two plates that are patterned to give a characteristic size, shape and surface impression. Waffles come in many forms.  Depending on the type of batter or iron used, the resulting waffle varies by consistency, size, shape, and flavor.

Waffle irons and waffles originated around the 14th century. An anonymous husband penned the first known waffle recipe as a set of instructions for his wife.  According to the manuscript, Le Ménagier de Paris, each of the four recipes began:

Beat some eggs in a bowl, season with salt and add wine. Toss in some flour, and mix. Then fill, little by little, two irons at a time with as much of the paste as a slice of cheese is large. Then close the iron and cook both sides. If the dough does not detach easily from the iron, coat it first with a piece of cloth that has been soaked in oil or grease.

1911 – First electric waffle iron introduced by General Electric.

1953 – Frank Dorsa’s Eggo Frozen Waffles are sold in Supermarkets for the first time.

1964 – Belgian Waffles debut at New York’s World’s Fair.”

Full Article: https://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-waffle-day-august-24/

Idiom of the Day

Waffle Around

Meaning: To be indecisive; to be wishy-washy about making a decision.

Example: Make up your mind. Stop waffling around.