Spiralized Waffles – TWAFFLES!
Can you say Twaffles without the vision of someone calling you a Twot? Maybe it’s just me… Twot, twaffles…
Twirly Waffles. Spiralized waffles. What else could I have called them? POBE Waffles. PoBoodle Waffles… No, no. Neither of those work. Delicious, spiralized, waffles that have both potatoes and beets in them!
Twaffles it is. Scott gave the name his a-okay, which is a good sign. Seriously, he’s my life/food/emotions coach. If I feel sad, he makes me feel happy. If I feel insecure, he makes me feel like superwoman. If I’m hungry, he feeds me. If I laugh, he laughs with me. Do I sound needy yet? I’d like to think I’m just really in touch with my emotions.
A scoop of my Twirly Life… scroll down to get right to the Twaffles
Whiiiiile I’m on the topic of emotions, Scott and I checked out the new deprivation chamber in Toronto, Float Stress Relief and Wellness Centre on Valentines. And by check it out, I mean he surprised me with reservations! Men – this an excellent Valentines/birthday/anniversary gift. Ladies – go. Now. Splurge and indulge.
If you’ve never been to, or heard of, a deprivation chamber – essentially, it is a super salty glorified bathtub. But wait, there’s more to it! Deprivation chambers are designed to remove all outside or extraneous distractions, so you essentially lay (well, float) in a tub of water for an hour with no outside stimulation, in pitch black silence, alone.
Does that sound creepy? Honestly, it was awesome. I had heard of people having hallucinogenic experiences prior to going and thought it was a load of bull, but I kid you not – it actually does take your mind to some interesting places. I don’t want to be a spoiler in case you go, but here’s a synopsis of how it went down for me.
My deprivation chamber was in its own private room equipped with a shower, towels, and heater. The wall was affixed with an Ipad from which I could choose from a list of ambience music – like birds chirping, the ocean clapping, or an overexaggerated tropical rainstorm.. I think I opted for waves crashing. It’s the least intrusive sound.
I hit “start” on the Ipad and so began my 60 minutes of pitch black silence.
I walked into my life-sized bath tub, closed the door, and lay down on my back. As instructed, I slipped the floating pillow under the nape of my neck so to control my head from bouncing around. It took me a few minutes to find a “spot” in the tub that I liked, but I pretty much centered myself right in the middle of the tub, and crossed my arms behind my back (this was oddly comfortable). They were right – you do effortlessly float.
Within the first five minutes, the overhead light in the tight gradually dimmed and the music faded to silence. Pitch black, alone, and dead silent. This never happens. No cell phone, no one would find me, no one would bother me. I felt relaxed, but extremely conscientious and aware of my surroundings for the first few minutes. Thoughts wandered my head, wondering if this would be the longest sixty minutes of my life or not. I wondered if I would get cold, laying idly in the water. I reminded myself that sixty minutes in silence couldn’t be any worse than sixty minutes of working in a library when I was fourteen.
I started to feel like I was the only person in the world. Seriously, there is something so surreal about being completely devoid of outside stimulation, that can’t be described. You just have to experience it.
Tick tock. Ten minutes went by. Wasn’t something supposed to kick in by now?
And then it did. Somewhere between the level of consciousness and unconsciousness, my mind went into a deep, relaxed, meditative state. I started to think about repressed thoughts and feelings – both the positive and negative ones, but I was also acutely aware that it was happening and in control of my thoughts. If you haven’t read my about me, my mom passed away when I was 18. The interesting part of the float experience was that as I lay there, aware that I was in a semi-meditative state, I used the opportunity “check in” and see how I was feeling about my mothers death. It caught me a little off guard, but I felt so at peace. I didn’t expect any less, as she did pass away eight years ago which is plenty of time to grieve, but alas it was positively reassuring to get to that mental state of check in where I could be completely vulnerable, and yet still felt completely fine about my mother’s death. This to me, was a very clear indicator that I have dealt with and moved on from the past.
My thoughts seemed to silence somewhere in and around the twenty to thirty minute mark, but in the last ten minutes of the float, my anatomical clock just knew that time was ticking and we were almost at a wrap.
When I stepped out of the tub, my body felt so much more relaxed than I expected – and then of course it dawned on me that this was because floating requires no muscle contraction or support. The salience of the water supports you, no matter what. Even if your head bobs to the side a little, the salience will prevent your head from going completely underwater.
I can’t think of any other life situation where our muscles are completely disengaged, and that alone makes float worth the experience. Scott fell asleep in his chamber and reported that the time seemed to have completely flown by sometime between the twenty minute and sixty minute mark. Each person’s experience is unique, but as I always say, most things are worth trying at least once, and Float is no exception. I’m only covering the surface of the thoughts and emotions I felt, but I don’t want to ruin the experience for you or subject you to what could happen. Drop the dollar bills, and splurge on this. It’s an experience you won’t forget (for the better or the worse.) If this sounds like some new-age experience, maybe it is, but I assure you there is no illegal activity, no harm, and no drugs involved. Just you and a totally organic water experience, that is very much like being in the womb.
Twirly Waffles – Twaffles Anyone?!
Enough about deprivation chambers. Twirly Waffles, or Twaffles, are a must try if you have a spiralizer. A nutritious, vegetarian, gluten-free, and easily-customized alternative to wheat-based waffles! Twaffles are super simple to make. They are a blank canvas, easily modified with spices or flavoring as you see fit, which I will probably experiment more with and do another post in the future. The recipe for these spiralized waffles calls for two types of spiralized noodles, beets and potatoes, which look and taste divine together. They can easily be substituted though as the proportions of the other ingredients don’t change.
Ready to get Twirly?
I’ve played around with spiralized waffles a few times now and find that the angel hair place on the Paderno 4-Blade spiralizer is best used for spiralized waffles, but second to that is the 6mm blade if you don’t have the 4-blade spiralizer.
I prefer using the angel hair blade for spiralized waffles because they cook a little more evenly and the flavor is about more delicate. Instead of biting into big wads of noodles, you bite into multiple flavors at once. You have to try it to fully understand.
Despite how easy it is to make spiralized waffles, there are a few things to keep in mind.
They do take some time to cook. I cook mine two at a time in my waffle maker, and each waffle is roughly 1 cup of spiralized noodles.
There are a range of cooking times. At the lower end, just under 10 minutes, your waffles will be edible but soft, and may not resemble a waffle. Wait until they have been cooking for closer to 15 minutes and they will look more like actual waffles, with the full grid effect and be firm to touch. Just what we’re going for.
Finally, when you lay out the noodle mix into the waffle maker, make sure the waffle maker is completely covered, without any gaps in noodles. Do not overfill waffle maker either though, as it’s important that the waffle be cooked right through.
I personally prefer to eat the waffles with some sort of sauce on top, like maple syrup. The egg is a necessary binder in this recipe, but the flavor of the egg is stronger than I personally prefer. Put a little sauce on top and life is all good again.
Possible Modifications to Recipe
- Could substitute spiralized potatoes and beets with another spiralized veggie as you prefer (such as parsnips, or all potatoes)
- Instead of angel hair, could use 3mm spiralized noodles (although my preference is angel hair)
- Serve with yogurt, sliced bananas, or other breakfast alternative of your choice
I’m pretty jazzed about spiralized waffles and night be eating these all week! These are a legitimate God-send for anyone who is gluten free, seriously, go make these, now! #twirlybites
- 1 large potato, spiralized angel hair blade, trimmed (4 cups spiralized potatoes)
- 1 large beet, spiralized angel hair blade, trimmed (1 cup spiralized beets)
- 1 egg
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- Plug in waffle maker to preheat.
- Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
- Grease or spray waffle maker.
- Scoop out spiralized noodle mix onto waffle maker, covering the metal elements evenly. In a square waffle maker, each waffle should use approximately 1 cup spiralized noodles. Noodles should sit no more than half an inch thick on waffle maker.
- Close waffle maker lid and if possible, lock latch to add extra pressure to waffles, so to create the waffle grid.
- Cook for 10-15 minutes. Check after the 10-minute mark. There are complete when there is a distinct grid pattern and crispy outer layer.
- Remove from waffle maker, set aside finished waffles on a cooling rack to avoid getting soggy.
- Repeat until all spiralized noodles have been cooked.
- Serve with maple syrup on top.
- 1 cup of spiralized noodles yields approximately 1 waffle. Adjust portions accordingly.
- Budget 15 minutes cook time per serving of waffles, cook time will vary accordingly.