Category Archives: Waffles
May is here! And I am way behind in updating my website! May brings us a lot of things…flowers, green trees (here in Nebraska anyway) and the end of school. For many families as well as The Waffleman, it brings graduation season.
It has always struck me that graduation ceremonies are usually called “commencement.” As you will often hear during this time of year, the word “commence,” means to begin. Personally, I like many of the synonyms that I found in the thesaurus: get going, launch, initiate, get cracking, kick off, and hit the ground running. Even though it is the ending of a major portion of your life (schooling), it really is a start of something much bigger!
The most difficult thing to keep in mind before life sweeps you up is to make time for the important things. Along with your job or schooling, make sure you make time to relax, enjoy family time, and volunteer any place you can. Dividing your life into equal portions is probably the toughest thing you will have to face. And remember to keep that “attitude of gratitude.” Be thankful for everyone who is in your life for whatever reason they may be there. I am personally really thankful for all of my friends and family and also for all of the wonderful organizations who have booked me again or who have tried me out for the first time. You are the reason I love my work!
So whatever the next step of your personal journey is, get out, get your feet wet, start the ball rolling, and jump into the next step with as much enthusiasm as you can muster!
On September 1st, I celebrated my 1 year anniversary taking over as The Waffleman from original Waffleman Doug McCallum. It has been a great year and I have had some time to reflect on all of YOU who have made the transition go smoothly and who have kept the Waffleman tradition alive!
The best part about being The Waffleman is getting to travel this great state of ours and meeting some of the best people Nebraska has to offer. Helping worthy causes raise money is a large part of what I do, but I have learned over the past year that it certainly isn’t all I do.
Throwing a waffle feed brings a sense of community to the people who sponsor and attend. In these days of extreme busy-ness, it is harder and harder to get people to connect with each other. Usually, we (including myself) are too busy running from one thing to another to enjoy each others company. A Waffleman event brings people together over good old comfort food to enjoy each other’s company and take just a little time away from their phones, their work, and their worries.
A few things are changing in the upcoming year (mostly cosmetic). I have re-painted the waffle tables and outfitted them with my new logo and caricature. I also have a new storefront! You can come and see me at 1232 High Street, Suite 2 in Lincoln! Although I am usually only there by appointment, if the lights are on, feel free to stop in and say “Hi!”
Check out the pictures of my newly outfitted tables and the front window of my new store!
Two of the most popular questions often asked of the Waffleman:
- What is the difference between a waffle and a pancake?
- What is the difference between a waffle and a Belgian waffle?
1. A pancake is made from a simple batter consisting of flour, water or milk, sugar, and baking powder. Egg and butter are optional. Waffle batter contains nearly the same ingredients in different amounts, but it also includes a forced leavening agent such as baking soda.
2. While waffles use baking soda as the leavening agent, Belgian waffles use yeast. As you can imagine, this is a longer process which requires time for the batter to rise. If you are looking for the same result, light and fluffy inside with a crisp crust, you can use malted flour as a shortcut.
Malted flour is made from barley that is allowed to germinate, or malt, which causes it to have increased enzyme activity. More precisely, it contains alpha amylase, which helps to break down complex sugars and starch in the batter to simple sugars such as maltose. That’s what makes the waffle taste so sweet!
The Waffleman only serves Carbon’s Golden Malted Waffles, which are golden-brown with a crisp crust and sweet taste. DELICIOUS!
You can buy his waffle mix directly from Waffleman Bill at his events too!