We’ve been living a life afloat for nearly two years now. 2 years of boat life, cruising through some of the finest countryside that the South West has to offer. 2 years living a simpler way of life. 2 years on our well-loved, 55ft, semi-traditional mass of steel. Since living on the boat, we’ve only really made minor changes to her. Removing some shelves here, a bit of paint there. Slowly adding our touch, but not anything life changing or dramatic. It’s taken me quite a long time to feel like she is our home. I spent a long time feeling like I was living in someone else’s space, someone else’s dream.
Last week, we realised we had
quite a bad rot problem in the wood underneath our lino floor. When you step down into the boat and almost put your foot through the floorboards, you know you’ve got issues. Being the calm soul that I am, I dealt with this in an adult and gentle manner. Ha, who am I kidding. I huffed and I puffed around the boat, crying to Charlie that this was a faff and we can’t afford to redo the whole floor etc etc. He calmed me down (like he does so well) and told me we he would sort it. However, ‘sorting it’ meant stripping out the back end of the boat, to get to the problem area. We emptied the wardrobes, cleared the cobwebs and ripped up those floor boards. It was a faff, but not as much as we first thought. We got it sorted and now have a sturdy floor again.
With everything out, we realised we had a LOT of space at the back end of the boat. Space that was being wasted, empty space to lose shoes and bags in. We decided it was high time to put our touch on our little water baby. ‘I COULD HAVE A STUDIO’ I squealed. Drenched in natural light, this corner of the boat would be perfect. We settled on a nice little desk come storage area, a space to work at, but that was practical and a space for clothes and shoes too. We managed to up-cycle the old wardrobes into a thing of beauty. Charlie is a talented man, and within 2 days, the area was transformed.
Now, as I enter our boat, I smile. I want to spend all day in that little alcove. Stuart the succulent has a new home, a pretty little corner spot by the window. Pictures, that have sat in storage, are now getting hung in pride of place. Shoes can be neatly stored. Our beloved books can be shown off on their shiny new shelves. It might seem like a little thing, but it’s made us so happy. There’s a few bits of paint to touch up, a few holes to fill, but it’s ours.
Now, enough about DIY. These waffles. I recently acquired a waffle iron, and have had so much fun experimenting with flavours. This particular waffle recipe is that perfect savoury taste, with subtle hints of turmeric, and filled with quinoa to fuel you up for the day ahead. They come together quickly, perfect for those days which just get too busy.
Courgette Quinoa Waffles (v) (gf)
185g (1 cup) cooked quinoa
125g buckwheat flour
200ml nut milk (I used cashew milk)
1/2 courgette – grated
1 tbsp ground flax + 3 tbsp water (1 flax ‘egg’)
1 tsp turmeric
1 teaspoon baking powder
Salt + pepper
1 tsp coconut oil – to coat the waffle iron
If using an electric waffle maker, turn it on. If you are using an over-the-hob iron, sit it on the hob and lightly oil it.
Combine your ground flax and water in a bowl, stir well and leave to rest for 5 mins.
Add all ingredients except your milk, into a bowl. Add in the flax egg. Mix well.
Add the milk in slowly, until you reach a batter consistency (add more or less milk if needed, but you don’t want the mix too runny)
Once your waffle iron / maker is hot, pour batter into moulds, taking care not to over fill.
Cook for 6-10 mins (if using a waffle iron, turn it regularly on the hob, so it can cook evenly)
I’m adding this recipe to some fantastic link-ups!