I have always considered myself quite a nice person. I like food of all shapes, flavours and colours. From every country and continent. I don’t discriminate, I am an equal opportunity eater. It’s only the doctors who say I’m intolerant. And certain foods who refuse to tolerate me. They certainly refuse to recognise and respect my right to eat them without major physical discomfort and distress.

Gluten and lactose are not my friends.

Despite the negative attitudes surrounding me from many of those I love best, (cakes, ice cream, hot toast) I decided to become a chef. Not always easy when you live in a bread and milk filled world. I like to think that this has helped me become a better person as I embrace my differences and refuse to let the gluten get me down. I believe InTolerance. I am the InTolerant Chef.

Food should not be about what you can’t eat, but what you can and what you enjoy eating. This blog is about my journey of cooking and eating and discovery. It’s not a definitive guide to allergy awareness nor do my intolerances make me an expert. Your body is your responsibility, not mine. I only know what works for me.

I can tell you this..... No glutens were harmed in the making of this website.

November 22, 2011

Gingerbread Waffles

Today I felt like eating a penguin.

A warmly spiced yummy penguin to be precise.

Promise not to laugh?

This is my waffle maker, Woddles.
He's so very cute, but not very grown-up really.

I would probably never have blogged with him, but I was cruising some of my bloggy buddies when I read about Gingerbread Waffles on Heidi's blog http://applesundermybed.blogspot.com/2011/11/sunday-breakfast-of-gingerbread-waffles.html and they just sounded too good to resist. As I don't live anywhere near this particular cafe, I had to come up with my own gingery version to satisfy my cravings for sweetness.

Gingerbread is the flavour of Christmas to me, I'm usually up to my elbows in orders for gluten-free gingerbread shapes and houses and making sticky dark gingerbread cakes for the cafes at this time of year, so these waffles sounded perfect for a cool rainy day with carols playing happily in the background.

I don't know if mine were as good as the others, but they tasted pretty fine to me, and they sure beat them out with the cuteness factor.

1 cup SR Gluten free flour
1 Egg- separated
1/3 cup lactose free Milk
1/4 cup Treacle
1 Tbsp Oil

1 good teaspoon ground Ginger
1 good teaspoon ground Cinnamon
1 pinch ground Cloves
1 pinch Salt

Mix together the flour and spices.

Add in the egg yolk, milk, treacle and oil, and mix well. You might need to add in an extra tablespoon of milk if your mixture is very stiff.

Beat the egg white until nice firm,

then fold carefully through the other batter.

Spoon into your preheated waffle maker of choice- I know not all of you are lucky enough to have your own Woddles, and cook until lovely and brown and crisp.

Serve still warm, with the little penguin bellies filled with awesome Lactose-free Ice Cream, and drizzled with ginger sauce.

This was my lunch today- don't judge me, we all need to eat- and it was delicious!

So Dear Readers, who do you get inspiration from? And would you eat a penguin if you were hungry enough?


  1. Okay seriously, you weren't kidding when you said you had lots of amazing cooking moulds in your kitchen. This is too darn cute, seriously!! Anyway, I get most of my inspirations from reading blogs like yours! I still consider myself a learning and budding cook so seeing these food that come out of your own home kitchen really inspires me to try something new. Thanks!!

  2. oh my - that is onw FREAKIN AWESOME waffle maker!!! Too cute!

  3. Where did you get that waffle machine?

  4. That is quite possibly THE most amazing invention ever. I dont even care if my kitchen is overflowing with gadgets. This is a must have!!

  5. I didn' t laugh at all but do think that's a very original & lovely alternative penguin waffle maker! So cool too! ;)

    I love this tasty recipe a lot! Yummmmmm!!! Trendy & cool at the same time, my friend!!!!! xxx

  6. You did it! Thanks for the mention :) Woddles is fantastic, I want one of my own hehe. These look so wonderful.
    Heidi xo

  7. I get inspiration from you! :-)
    Those penguins are so cute - I'd eat one, given half a chance XO

  8. That is quite easily the cutest waffle maker and I love the name Woddles :)

  9. This is the best waffle maker I have ever seen. I want a penguin waffle maker!! He's so cute holding his little ball of ice cream :) Naww

  10. awesome, i bought my sister in law one of these! and speaking of gingerbread i made a house this week - worked a treat :)

  11. I knew we were kindred spirits, Bec. Anyone who can sit down to waffles and ice cream for lunch is my kind of woman!!

  12. OMG SOOOO CUTE!!!! And I was just thinking about gingerbread waffles because Heidi (from apples under her tree :P ) Was talking about gingerbread waffles!! CRAVINGS!!!

  13. *hyperventilates* Oh dear lord, I want I want! So badly! Ah, I think I've reverted to being five years old!

  14. Awww your penguin waffle maker is absolutely adorable! :D I want one now :P

  15. Darling, only you would have a penguin waffle maker! They're so gorgeous!

  16. I love the idea of gingerbread waffles and penguin shaped they are too funny! GG

  17. I love that you have a penguin-waffle maker. Your penguins look very good, and I think they taste better than a real one! :)

  18. What a cool waffle machine - must be a hit with little people! :)

  19. I would be the most loved mum in the world if I bought the kids a penguin waffle maker!! I especially love that he has a little hollow tummy to fill with treats :-) Awesome.

  20. I've seen those at my local department store and almost bought it many times! I like your gingerbread waffles -a nice change to the usual tasteless ones..

  21. Happy December Readers!
    Despite it being the first day of Summer here, we bizarrely had the electic blanket on last night, so maybe we're could have a white Christmas this year??? If I ask Santa nicely perhaps??? What do you think, it's only 22* today.....

    Winston- If you only knew, I have them stashed everywhere! Thanks so much, I love reading other blogs too and reading what everyone is cooking in their kitchens. I love the recipes that come from the heart and childhood favourites. You have some awesome ones too that are on my to-do list, yumm!

    Lisa- Isn't he cute! I wasn't sure if everyone would laugh at me though :( Glad I was brave enough to share :)

    Simcha- From the South Pole, also stocked at Myers :)

    Nic- That's exactly what I said too!

    Bruce- Thankyou, and you're welcome! :)

    Sophie- Thank you for appreciating a bit of whimsy with me :) Penguins like to be cool :)

    Heidi- You made them sound so irresitable! Thanks, Maybe for Christmas?

    Janet- Awww...blush.... I wish I could get one through customs for you :)

    Chopin- I bet he could even hold some jelly in his belly if you aren't sick of jelly forever :)

    Cassandra- Isn't he gorgeous? He also likes to hold syrup, cream, berries, and a nice little fried egg if you cook him some bacon :)

    Muppy- What good taste you have Muppy! I don't know if I can get one made this year with my broken wings, but the kiddies are going to give it a try.

    Amanda- Unfortunately it doesn't happen as often as I'd like, sigh...

    Msihua- Exactly, look what she started! Cravings world wide!

    Hannah- No way! A 5 year old wouldn't appreciate it as much as you would :)

    Lorraine- You'll have to ask Santa nicely my dear! :)

    Celia- I just so love quirky gadgets! How could anyone not love these?

    GG- So cute, and so yummy too!

    Kath- I certainly hope so Kath! :)

    Ladybird- You betcha :)

    Emma- I bet they love you anyway... by why risk it? A little fried egg fits in there nicely too for a savoury treat, yumm..

    Lucy- Oh, the little penguins need a good home! I promise they'll make you happy :)

  22. Made these last weekend and it was quite an adventure.
    I first I accidentally added twice the amount the oil. :S I didn't have enough of the other ingredients to double the whole recipe, so I decided to go for it anyway.
    The waffles turned out to be delicious!! The extra oil made the waffles a bit crispier, which wasn't bad.
    I couldn't find treacle here in Canada, but I used molasses instead. Next time I think I would add some honey or sugar in addition; molasses isn't very sweet.

    Thanks again for this recipe!

  23. The colour of that batter is so beautiful! I love anything gingerbread - and these waffles? Super cute little fellas.

    Great post... which has inspired me to skip the rice cereal this morning and try my hand at some ginger pancakes (which will have to do until I invest in a waffle maker!). Thanks Chef :) cc

  24. Those penguins are super cute. I am thinking melted chocolate in those little bellies, topped with ice cream...yum!

  25. Where can I find this penguin maker? I have been looking everywhere?