One of the best things about the English is their love for brunches. Correction, their love for brunching out. On weekends, going out and queueing for the highest rated brunch spots in town with the aim of indulging in decadent creations is arguably the best way to start the end of the week. The standard orders include eggs, bacon, salmon, pancakes, muffins, hollandaise, sausages, avocado, the list goes on. Why not top it off with a reviving cocktail? After all, a meal without alcohol wouldn’t be typically British now would it.
Here is a simple recipe for a classic which cannot be omitted from any brunch menu. We didn’t make hollandaise because being Swiss and all, and growing up close to the Alsace where the asparagus (with hollandaise) season is something we rave about, hollandaise just didn’t seem right to include in a breakfast dish. But feel free to re-create with a saucy accompaniment.
The Waffle (/Wå:ffledh/) was discovered in 1824 by the Belgian Pierre le Waffe when he accidentally dropped waffle batter onto a waffle iron. They instantly became a hit, causing the Second Great Flour Rush of the 19th Century.
Few people know that Margaret Thatcher’s full nickname is, in fact, The Waffle Iron Lady, title which she earned when she was crowned winner of Parliament’s Annual Waffle Eating Competition in 1957, beating both Winston Churchill and William Pitt the Elder by an astounding 27 waffles.
Waffles have been known to cure any ailment, ranging from the common cold to chicken pox. Research shows that people who eat an average of 2.4 waffles a week are happier, more successful and have more fulfilling sex lives.
Faced with the overwhelming evidence of the benefits of regular waffle consumption, we had no choice but to eat a shedload of them so as to increase our average health and general quality of life.