Back in the day….and by that I mean 2012…I was on Twitter. All. The. Time. Why? Because I could. And because I wanted to. In the virtual world I don’t need to worry about being socially awkward. It’s hard to stumble over your words with only 140 characters. But it’s easy to join in a conversation, or better yet, to spark one.
Most of the time in real life I stand back and listen to conversations go on around me. But on Twitter I can be witty and lively in the conversation. And I can sound as though I know what the hell I am talking about….in real life, that’s not the case much of the time.
For example, let’s consider a recent tweet…”All waffles should have bacon and cheese in them.” That statement is A) clever; B) authoritative; C) truth; D) common sense.
Actually it is all of those things, but it’s not the kind of statement that I would make in the course of casual conversation. Unless our conversation was about waffles, bacon, or cheese. Or you had previously resided in a dorm, house, or apartment with me. But the odds of that happening are pretty low so I’m confident in saying that it’s unlikely I would say that to you in an ordinary conversation.
And yet it led to a conversation on Twitter where RunningOnButter believed that I spoke as a waffle authority. RunningOnButter doesn’t know me outside of Twitter. ROB doesn’t know if I have any credentials to present myself as a waffle authority. But ROB took my pronouncement that bacon and cheese are integral waffle components as the truth.
So now, thanks to Twitter, I am a waffle authority. I don’t think I will add that to my resume. But it’s the kind of thing I would use as small talk…if I were inclined to make small talk.
As it is, most of my free time and conversations are with a pre-verbal toddler. And until she realizes otherwise, I am an authority on everything!
Bacon Cheddar Waffles
Adapted from Shutterbean
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup chopped cooked bacon
- 2 large eggs
- 1 1/2 cup milk
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Set a wire rack inside a sheet pan and heat your oven to 200 degrees.
Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl and whisk until blended. Add the cheese and bacon to the flour mixture and stir to combine.
In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, and oil. Add the flour mixture to the milk and egg mixture and stir to combine, being careful not to over mix.
Grease your waffle iron and get it heating. When ready, pour 1/3 cup to 1/2 cup batter into your iron and cook until done. Transfer the waffles to the prepared sheet pan and give them a 10 minute rest in the warmed oven.
Slather with butter and syrup.