Saturday, July 22, 2006

saturday outtakes

Looking through some old pictures this morning, which is something I almost never do. For no reason, thought I'd post a few of the outtakes that, in the past, have failed to make the cut here at starfish and waffles. Hope you're enjoying this hot, summery weekend wherever you are.

Ocean Beach, San Francisco, California. (2005). I took this photo with my Olympus Stylus 35mm at sunset after an intermittently rainy January day in the Bay Area. Actually, this photo wasn't an outtake; rather, it was part of this previous post. But I like it, so I figured I'd repost it.

Fisherman's Wharf with Alcatraz in the background, San Francisco, California. (2005). I took this shot with my Olympus Stylus 35mm on a typical serene, foggy morning in San Francisco. A traveller's tip: many of the fancy restaurants on the Wharf which charge ridiculous tourist prices for lunch and dinner turn the tables at breakfast, serving big portions for cheap.

Perth from King's Park, Western Australia. (2000). One of the most isolated large cities anyhwere in the world, Perth, with its white sand beaches and Mediterranean climate, was where I first cut my teeth at the whole independent travel thing six years ago. I took this photo with my Kodak F300 APS.

Storkyrkan, Stockholm, Sweden. (2005). Dating back to 1306, Stockholm's central cathedral holds a great deal of national religious importance. I took this photo with my Olympus SP-310.

Seljalandsfoss, Iceland. (2006). Hike behind the breathtaking waterfall of Seljalandsfoss but be careful not to lose your footing on the slippery lava rock. Photo taken with my Olympus SP-310.

Ginza, Tokyo, Japan. (2002). Colourful umbrellas come out en masse as the heavens open up and rain pours down on Tokyo's upscale Ginza district. The building on the right is the Sony Building, which has displays of a mulitude of Sony products, including those that haven't been released in Japan yet. I swear I saw TVs there that had better resolution than real life. Photo taken with my Kodak F300 APS.

Knocking back some Shamrockhoppers with starfish and waffles' famed editor on St. Patrick's Day. (2006). Photo taken with my Olympus SP-310.

Sunday, July 16, 2006


With all of the the starfish and starfish-related posts of the last few months, you knew it was only a matter of time until we completed the circle and did a feature on waffles. Let's face it - the balance of the universe depended on it. Happily, folks, the wait is over because, tonight, we post the recipe for our original Walnut & Buttermilk Space Waffles ... waffles so out-of-this world, we had no choice but to call them Space Waffles! (Wow, I can't believe I just wrote that).

In addition, this feature also constitutes the first breakfast recipe posted on felix's daily starfish and waffles, unless you count the Polar Bear Milkshake, you alcoholic. But drunk or not, let the wafflemania begin! (Wow, I can't believe I just wrote that).

My Walnut & Buttermilk Space Waffles are popular with mammals of all sorts, including bears who want to start off with a healthy breakfast before a long day of climbing trees in the Canadian boreal forest.

Walnut & Buttermilk Space Waffles
1 cup unbleached flour
1/4 cup chopped walnuts, unsalted
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs, separated
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 to 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter, melted
3/4 cups buttermilk
1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

Start by squeezing your orange juice into a large measuring cup. By my count, if you squeeze half a small-sized orange, you'll get approximately 1/4 cup of juice. A tip: use a navel orange so you don't have worry about picking out the seeds later. Add the buttermilk. Stir. Set aside.

Dump the flour, walnuts, baking powder, and salt into a mixing bowl. As the mixing bowl implies, mix. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, beat together the egg yolks and the sugar until the sugar is fully dissolved. Next, add the vanilla extract, melted butter, and your orange juice- and-buttermilk mix to the egg yolks and sugar. Whisk everything together. Then, take all of these wet ingredients and pour it into the mixing bowl with the dry ingredients. Whisk until all of the ingredients are blended, but don't overmix! Set aside.

In a third bowl, briskly beat the egg whites until little bubbles form. Then, using a rubber spatula, gently fold the egg whites with the rest of your ingredients. Incorporate fully but, again, don't overmix!

Well, look at that - your waffle batter is essentially ready to go. You'll have enough of it here to make two, round waffles 7-inches in diameter, which oughta be more than enough waffles for the cornerstone dish of the breakfast-in-bed you're making for that special someone, the morning after you had a big fight and want to say you're sorry. (Don't ask).

Anyway, follow the manufacturer's instructions for your waffle iron and, when your waffles have turned a nice golden brown colour, they're ready. For best results, I recommend serving my Walnut & Buttermilk Space Waffles immediately, topped with fresh fruit and real Canadian maple syrup. Enjoy!

Monday, July 10, 2006

gold is shiny

The insomnia, writer's block, and run on my sanity continues. If this keeps up, felix's daily starfish and waffles is going to turn into exclusively a photo blog and the bear is going to fire me.

Kinkaku-ji (The Golden Temple), Kyoto, Japan. (2002). I used to live on the third floor. No, that's a lie. I lived on the second floor. Obviously, when I took this photo, I had no idea how to take good photos - note the unfortunately placed Japanese maple branch blocking the view of the pavilion. I also didn't own a very good camera ... it was a Kodak F300 APS. The Japanese love their lists, so from this picture I leave you with these three nuggets of wisdom: (1) gold is shiny (2) go to Kyoto for no other reason than because it's beautiful there, and (3) in the last four years, you've probably come alot farther than you give yourself credit for, so remind yourself of that once in awhile.

Friday, July 07, 2006


You know, for this first week of July, I had planned on writing this really great piece that was going to successfully tie together in one cohesive post the seemingly unrelated items of Canada Day (July 1), Independence Day (July 4), a World War II veteran Royal Australian Air Force pilot, his charming wife, and a Sunday afternoon watching The Gondoliers by Gilbert & Sullivan at the Sydney Opera House. Instead, it's been such a frustrating, confusing week I can barely even string together a good sentence. So tonight, the only thing I'm going to post is my boring Canada Day fireworks photos. (I'm really sorry).

Ok, I'm off to ball hockey practice. Nothing quite like stopping a few slapshots to make oneself feel better.

Fireworks on Canada Day in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (2006). Friends Dave, Cori and Lise came over and we watched the night show from the banks of the North Saskatchewan River on a hot and balmy July 1.

More fireworks. (2006).

Even more fireworks. (2006).