August 19, 2014

Waffles & Wine with Fresita

I don't know about you guys but lately I've been feeling like I've spent most of this sumer running in circles trying to get things crossed off my "To Do" list.  But I always find I'm adding to the list more than I'm crossing off!
With that in mind, every once in a while, when things get too hectic I like to take a few moments to breathe and "treat yo self" - I pretty much turn off my phone and only do things I want to do.  

This weekend was one of those weekends. I went to the market in the morning, I stopped into LCBO for a few bottles of Fresita sparking wine and called it a Wine & Waffles weekend. I'm trademarking that by the way! Those two go together better than No pants & Netflixs. Don't judge me. Who doesn't love staying home on a Sunday night with no pants on marathoning Mindy's Project? Who?! Who?! Show me. 
Anyways, back to my treat yo self weekend. First off, a trip to Burlington Farmers Market. They're not lying when they say good things grow in Ontario - I picked up these beauties  and the weekend before that we went raspberry picking too. When you're not being a total dink mother nature - you are the bees knees. I am going to purge on summer berries while I can. And so should you!
Ya'll know I'm not much for wine and probably couldn't even tell the difference between a Riesling and a Chardonnay - but I am all for girly drinks, que Fresita - a Chilean Sparkling wine that combines Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Moscatel and strawberries.  This stuff was made for drinking outdoors under a beach umbrella with a cabana boy by a saltwater pool... ok I'm getting ahead of myself. Let's reel it back in. This stuff won't exactly put hair on your chest - but it'll put pillows under your feet and sun in your eyes. Seriously! Get me to a beach already! 
Because I'm a bit of a Diva, I couldn't just have any old Waffle & Wine night - pshh nuh uh, not for this Hungry Gnome. I wanted to kick things up a notch and thought the strawberries from the market would make a pretty bang on coulis for the waffles.  I decided to incorporate the Fresita wine into it as well, cause I'm feeling fancy. You already know. I'm in the fast lane - ok, okay I'll stop. From LA, to Tokyo.  *feel free to yell at me if you have that song stuck in your head now 

Here's how to make my Lazy Girl Coulis:
  1. Combine a handful of chopped strawberries
  2. Tear up a few springs of fresh mint
  3. Add a table spoon of brown sugar (to taste)
  4. A cup of Fresita 
  5. Let it all come to a boil 



Once the strawberries are cooked, pour it all into a blender - and pulse till you get a liquid consistency. If you don't mind it a little chunky you can skip the next step but I prefer mine smooth and thick so I strained all the extra little seeds and flakes of mint I couldn't pulse. 
Next up - the waffles. Not going to lie, I totes used a boxed premix waffle batter.  You know I am all about Lazy Girl recipes. Sure I could have whipped this up from scratch but c'mon - I already worked so hard on that coulis, give a girl a break already!

Have I mentioned toasted coconut ice cream is one of my new favourite things?! I added some  cubed strawberries and drizzled the coulis all over that mountain of coconut ice-cream and then smashed the bejeezus out of it. 

I'm not sure if that's an official culinary term but you know what I mean right? Once all the ingredients got really friendly with each other I  threw it back in the freezer to set. 


Here comes the fun part - assembly!  Here we have the toasted coconut ice-cream which I garnished with some coulis and a few strawberries. As you can tell - I clearly helped myself to a glass or maybe two of the Fresita.  
In honour of my treat yo self weekend, I pimped out my waffle, just a wee bit. I used the smashed strawberries, coulis and coconut ice cream mix I threw together earlier, added a few slices of riped Ontario peaches and more fresh strawberries and BAM! -my ultimate waffle ice-cream sandwich.  The slight tartness of the peaches and the sweetness of the strawberries paired beautiful with my glass of Fresita. The perfect kick-your-feet-back-and-turn-on-Netflix kind of weekend. 
Be warned. These sandwiches get extremely messy, so take off that dolce & gabbana sweater and pull out something you can get messy in. In fact, it's a treat yo self weekend so don't even bother putting pants on! 

I hope you guys are enjoying your last few weekends before the summer ends. Hashtag #NomTheGnome and #FresitaCA if you're having a waffle & wine weekend.


Happy Eating! 





*this was a paid post sponsored by Branding & Buzzing. As always, opinions expressed are my own and words & pictures belong to The Hungry Gnome. 

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