Beezy’s 1st Annual waffle-eating contest

lemon zest & buttermilk waffle with double cream

lemon zest & buttermilk waffle with double cream

A friend of my dad’s, and a regular deli customer, was reminiscing a few weeks ago over his son’s breakfast order of lemon buttermilk waffles.  Beezy’s father was born just before the war, and consequently missed out on a whole chunk of childhood.  As he grew older and had his own children, he took every opportunity he could to behave in as childlike a manner as possible.  Beezy remembers regular waffle eating contests, where he, his dad and all his brothers would compete.  The rules were simple:   you had to eat your waffle without using your hands or any utensils.  First to finish was the winner.  Grounds for disqualification:  vomiting.  The prize:  you guessed it!  A waffle.

And so, with a little waffle making forethought, and a lot of texting backwards and forwards, this last Sunday Beezy’s 1st Annual Kassia & Figg Waffle Eating Contest (henceforth BAK&FWEC ) made the transition from conception to reality.

At 4pm (an hour early) we closed the front doors and put up an explanatory sign:  Closed for Waffle Eating Contest.  Well, it seemed perfect at the time.

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For the next half an hour the contestants arrived in a steady stream through the side gate and into the courtyard where the contest was to be staged.  The spectacular sea views and mountain vista were largely ignored as they sized each other up, reserved their spaces at the table, planned last minute strategies and in my nephew’s case, warmed up by wolfing down 5 or 6 pre-contest cookies.

Behind the scenes organisers were hard at work, churning out freshly made waffles from our sole waffle iron, checking and re-checking the ice cream stock, and upending bottles of syrup for easy pouring.  A quick judges confab at the last minute outlawed our organic Kassia & Figg cinnamon sugar as overkill, some final advice was dispensed regarding using your chin to spread the icecream, and the competition was on.

It became immediately apparent that the contestants all had very different styles.  Some  bolted straight out of the gates, only to flag at the halfway mark, others paced themselves, slow and steady.  But it was Milena’s strategy of eating the ice cream first, leaving a clear run at the waffle, that proved to be victorious.

In a post event interview, the exhausted but elated winner said she didn’t really want her victory waffle, but some more ice cream would be happily accepted.  Beezy graciously allowed her to reserve her well earned prize for another day.

The stress and tension leading up to the contest now a distant memory, participants happily tucked into more waffles and those old fashioned glass bottles of coke so essential to a seaside cafe.  Perhaps we should have given a prize for the most waffles consumed as well.  Jasper managed 4 or 5 I believe. 

Click here for our delicious lemon zest buttermilk waffle recipe and check out our Kassia & Figg site for more pics of the  BAK&FWEC .

10 Responses to “Beezy’s 1st Annual waffle-eating contest”

  1. on 26 Mar 2009 at 6:40 am Kit

    Your waffle iron must have been working at full stretch! it’s a beautiful one too, love the heart shapes.

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  2. on 27 Mar 2009 at 8:06 am Jeanne

    I am definitely going to try the lemon buttermilk waffles. My FC and I eat waffles some times for dinner. We love them. There is nothing like a perfectly baked waffle. When I had my little poodles, you couldn’t pry them out of the kitchen when I got out my waffle iron. They would prance around the kitchen waiting for their own little waffle.

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  3. on 31 Mar 2009 at 7:08 am african vanielje

    Kit, we keep meaning to buy more for the deli as we can’t keep up, but just can’t seem to settle on a boring square or triangle one. If we find another heart one there will be no stopping us!

  4. on 31 Mar 2009 at 7:09 am african vanielje

    Jeanne, I remember my german shepherds being particularly fond of my mother’s scones, complete with jam and whipped cream of course!

    african vanielje’s last blog post..Lemon Zest & Buttermilk Waffles

  5. on 06 Apr 2009 at 1:27 pm courtney aka glamah

    I love the sound of these waffles with the lemon zest. I definatly have to try them.

  6. on 09 Apr 2009 at 8:31 am Jacoba

    You posts are amongst those few that are reserved for early morning reading – coffee and sunshine on the bed and some specially selected posts that are written so well that they deserve to be treated like seriously good chocolate.
    Thanks for that – I know how much goes into a good piece of writing and I appreciate it.

    Blessings over the holidays.

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  7. on 10 Apr 2009 at 9:02 am African Vanielje

    Jacoba. Welcome back, thanks for visiting. You paint such a gorgeous picture, and what a lovely comment to make. Thank you. I wish you and your family a peaceful Easter weekend.

  8. on 13 Apr 2009 at 9:54 am Aparna

    Your beautiful waffles remind me that my waffle iron has been idle for too long. :)

    Thanks for visiting me. Do you still live in Africa?
    I lived in various parts of Africa in my childhood. In fact I was born in Ethiopia, but have no memories of being there as we left when I was a baby.

  9. on 22 Apr 2009 at 5:45 am Jeanne

    Oh Inge – how fantastic that sounds! This wouldn’t be Beezy Bailey, would it? I wish I could have been there to watch the fun! I hope that you & your family had a lovely Easter :)

    Jeanne’s last blog post..Nectarine & ginger tarte tatin

  10. on 22 Apr 2009 at 9:26 am African Vanielje

    Aparna, I am spending most of this year in Africa, but normally live in Somerset, England. All my family, and a large chunk of my heart are here in Africa and my man and several good friends are in the UK, so I miss both when I’m not there.

    Jeanne, it was great fun and I have some good pics of the kids to post on our deli site, which I will do shortly. And yes, it is.

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