The Great Polenta Waffle Iron Disaster
Saturday 21 May 2016 — Category: Cooking & Food
Way back when I was in college, I bought an old-looking Kenmore waffle iron at a flea market in the parking lot of a Safeway grocery store, just around the corner from where I was living in San Luis Obispo, California. I don’t remember how much I paid, but I’ll bet it was not more than $5. That was 33 years ago, and even though the waffle iron is probably as old as I am, it is still going strong.
Last September, I stumbled upon some interesting articles about all the types of food you can cook in a waffle iron:
Unfortunately, instead of success it was a complete disaster. The gourmet chef wannabe strikes again! Rather than the polenta solidifying together, most of it stuck steadfastly to the upper and lower plates when I opened the iron. I was terribly shocked and dismayed, especially since I was just about to serve the polenta for our main meal.
All I could do was to try to pry off as much as I could, and serve the mangled scrapings with the rest of the meal. But it was very difficult to get off, even though I had sprayed the plates generously with oil. Rather than the ample servings of polenta I had envisioned, that day it was pretty thin pickings!
It was such a discouraging experience that I have not cooked anything except waffles in the iron since. However, my sense of culinary adventure is starting to revive again. I wouldn’t be surprised if I give the waffle iron another go with some sort of non-waffle food. Here’s hoping....