Wednesday, October 22, 2008

on irish rap & cooking

as a music lover, i embrace many different styles of music. and it wasn't until recently that i was introduced to my new favorite genre: irish rap.

as matt & i spent many hours in a car driving through ireland on our honeymoon, we decided to listen to irish radio to really immerse ourselves in the culture and to feel connected to the irish men & women out there. and we heard this gem many, many times:

and you thought eminem was insightful? oh no, my friends. the streets say it all. and pay no attention to how the video premise has little to do with the song's message. just remember, everything is just borrowed.

on a fun marriage note, now that i am married, i've become quite the cook. i've heard people say things like this before, that since they've gotten married, they've started to cook more, and now i'm proving it. i cook a lot. and matt cook's too. (i can't leave him out of the picture...we cook a lot.) and one of my new favorite past times is looking for recipes online for delicious dishes that i want to try. so, here's my favorite recipe of the week:

spiced pumpkin waffles

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
4 large eggs
2 cups buttermilk
1 cups pumpkin purée
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


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reheat a waffle iron. combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and cloves in a large bowl and set aside.
2. whisk together the eggs, buttermilk, pumpkin puree (i used canned pumpkin, which was just fine.), brown sugar, butter, and vanilla in another large bowl until smooth. while whisking, add the flour mixture and blend until smooth. (one more reason to love our kitchen aid.)
3. generously coat the waffle iron with vegetable oil or a non-stick spray. cook the batter as recommended by the instructions for your waffle iron. (what a fabulous wedding gift!)

we whipped up some fresh cream for the topping, and they were delicious! i was suspicious that matt wouldn't enjoy them because he doesn't care for pumpkin, but he loved them! success! 

enjoy the taste of fall! 


  1. Everything else is just borrowed. That was brilliant. I totally want some of your waffles. Thanks for posting the recipe... I'll get right on it.

  2. Wow, that was awesome. Next time you and Matt come over ask Grant to share with you his favorite rapping rabbi, Matisyahu. I think you would enjoy it much.

    The recipe sounds delish.

  3. that sounds absolutely YUMMY! I adore you. that was a great vid. makes me all sad. but I like the message.

  4. I ain't never seen a rap song i didn't think was jolly knockers (I think that is the correct vernacular in Ireland). I'll have to try those waffles. If you guys didn't find the recipes that Matt was looking for I got ways and means (and hopes and dreams of course).

  5. Since when doesn't Matt like pumpkin? He is the only one of my kids who will eat pumpkin pie! Although his time in the south made him a bit partial to sweet potato pie. Mom

  6. Wow, you're fancy. I started cooking a TON more now that we're on student loans. That will teach ya to cook on a budget. Today I made manicotti that totally tastes like Olive Garden. And I like Olive Garden so that's good. Those pumpkin waffles sound good. Ditto on the Kitchen Aid thing.

  7. IRISH HIP HOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!