Today’s Eatosi ventures to one of the twin cities of Manchester, Amsterdam. Known for its tulips, canals, bikes, red light district and “cafe’s” did you also know that over 70% of bacon consumed in the world comes from, Amsterdam?!
The town of Moore, Oklahoma was affected earlier this year by tornadoes which had swept across the state; however the towns people had a clever way of understanding the severity of the situation through a unique warning system; “The Waffle House Index”.
Created by FEMA, this “informal” measure of ensuring that you can rest easy if the weather were to take a drastic turn for the worst is fairly simple to understand. “If the local Waffle House is up and running, serving a full menu, a disaster is classed as green. If it is running with an emergency generator and serving only a limited menu, it is a yellow. If it is closed, badly damaged or totally destroyed, as during hurricane Katrina, it is a red.” There is only one waffle house in the town of Moore, citizens must be thankful that they aren’t going off a croissant disaster meter.
Of course, waffles throughout our historic times haven’t just been used to warn of impending disaster but moreover, they have have evolved from biscuit like snacking to full breakfast servings; or if you’re in Amsterdam, to satisfy cravings from the psychotropic mind altering cafe’s; avoid those tasty looking brownies…
During the Middle Ages and Renaissance, wafers were eaten by all segments of society, from peasants to kings. Often consumed in connection with religious occasions and saints’ days, they were sold by street vendors (called waferers in England and gaufriers in France) who congregated outside churches. The vendors could even obtain special licenses (for a fee, of course) that allowed them to sell them at church doors to the exiting parishioners on feast days. As more and more vendors got involved in the business, matters began to become a little dicey; waffles it seems caused man made disasters as well. In the 16th century, King Charles IX of France had to regulate them — by decreeing that they must stay six feet distant from each other.
The Dutch enjoyed their waffles, too, and it was in Holland that the Pilgrims became familiar with them, and subsequently brought them to the New World. The Dutch also brought waffles to America themselves, by way of New Amsterdam, which later became New York City.
The stroopwafel is a particular favourite of the Dutch; a combination of caramel, cookie flavouring and a waffle is what you can expect for the dish, it was so popular that over 22 million packs were sold last year. Food.com has a recipe for you to indulge in here. If however you are used to the more commonly known disaster averting variety, BBC Good Food has possibly the easiest recipe I’ve ever come across.