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Everything on a Waffle

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Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath

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Who was to know that the results of a typhoon which hit the coast of British Columbia would have such an impact on Primrose Squarp's life.

Her father, a fisherman, was late bringing in his boat so her mother went out in a skiff to find him.  They never returned but only Primrose still believes they are alive.

It is from this place that "Everything on a Waffle" begins and Primrose is placed in the care of Miss Perfidy, her old babysitter, who by the way smells of old mothballs and has lost her marbles. Trying to help in this devasting situation is the school counselor who talks only about herself and her own travels.

The Coal Harbour town council tracks down her Uncle Jack and appoints him as her guardian. Uncle Jack, a navy man, is not prepared at all for raising a child.

There is some hope for Primrose however, and that comes in the form of Kate Bowzer, a local restaurant owner, who serves everything on a waffle(fish lasagna etc.) because"she liked to give the customer a little something extra." Kate teaches Primrose to cook. At the end of each chapter there is a great recipe. Many things happen to Primrose as the story continues but I will leave that for you to discover on your own.

Until then I will share my recipe for waffles and show you all of the things I place on them. Sometimes I put syrup on my waffles but at other times I put shrimp, salmon,dill,onions,and sour cream on them. We refer to these as dinner waffles. I also like berries and cream ….yum! You see……everything does taste better on a waffle.

What do you like on your waffles? Just leave your answer in the comments section.

This is my families recipe for traditional heart shaped waffles. You can use a traditional waffle iron as well but honestly I need my heart shaped waffle iron when I make waffles.


2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon of ground cardamom
3 eggs
¼ cups of sugar
2/3 cups of sour cream
3 tablespoons of melted butter
Butter for brushing the waffle iron
Powdered sugar
Jam and fresh berries to serve with your waffles

Mix flour and cardamom together and set aside. In a small bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the eggs and sugar together at a high speed for 10 minutes until the mixture is forming ribbons when you pick your beaters up. Take your flour mixture and sprinkle it over you sugar and egg mixture. Stir the sour cream until it is really smooth and then add it to your flour and egg mixture until your batter is smooth. Take your melted butter and fold it into the batter.


Heat your waffle iron on a medium heat until a drop of water sizzles on the waffle grid. Brush the grid with butter and spoon in the batter. Close the waffle iron until golden brown. Please read your waffle irons manufacturer’s instructions for length of time until done.

Serve immediately.