These two easy recipes were to be the Sidebar to my article on Cooking for Two Seniors. I've had good reviews from both recipes.
Preheat your waffle iron or griddle, and meanwhile, in a 2-cup Pyrex measuring cup or similar thing, add and whisk together well:
½ cup milk
1 Tbsp. sugar
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
Pinch of salt
After mixing that, put in on top of it:
½ cup flour, then on top of that
1 tsp. baking powder –
With your fork or whisk, sort of swirl the baking powder into the top of the flour to mix them a bit, then mix it all into the liquid until it is fairly lump free. Voila: your batter is ready. Just enough for two seniors.
SAUCE FOR MEAT OR POULTRY
This sauce, and its many variations, is excellent for any type of meat, including steak, roasts, chops, ham, turkey, chicken, etc., especially where there are no drippings to form the base of a gravy, or where you want an elegant, tangy sauce. The basic recipe is for two servings – multiply as needed.
On low heat in a small saucepan, melt and blend
2 Tbsp. butter
2 Tbsp. seedless raspberry jam*
Add 2 Tbsp. red wine*
1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard*
2 Tbsp. dried cherries or cranberries*
Cook until the fruit are plumped a bit. Set it aside and reheat it just before serving. If necessary, thin it with a bit more wine.
*This is the fun part. You can use any favorite jam, jelly, or marmalade; white or red wine, perhaps orange juice, perhaps a little bourbon; coarse or fine mustard (but never yellow mustard); dried cherries, cranberries, raisins, snipped dried apricots – what have you! Think reds for red meats, whites for white meat. Mix and match. Experiment with the flavors and colors you think will go together.