Courgette Quinoa Waffles

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We’ve been living a life afloat for nearly two years now. 2 years of boat life, cruising through some of the finest countryside that the South West has to offer. 2 years living a simpler way of life. 2 years on our well-loved, 55ft, semi-traditional mass of steel. Since living on the boat, we’ve only really made minor changes to her. Removing some shelves here, a bit of paint there. Slowly adding our touch, but not anything life changing or dramatic. It’s taken me quite a long time to feel like she is our home. I spent a long time feeling like I was living in someone else’s space, someone else’s dream.

Last week, we realised we had quiteย a bad rot problem in the wood underneath our lino floor. When you step down into the boat and almost put your foot through the floorboards, you know you’ve got issues. Being the calm soul that I am, I dealt with this in an adult and gentle manner. Ha, who am I kidding. I huffed and I puffed around the boat, cryingย to Charlie that this was a faff and we can’t afford to redo the whole floor etc etc. He calmed me down (like he does so well) and told me weย he would sort it. However, ‘sorting it’ meant stripping out the back end of the boat, to get to the problem area. We emptied the wardrobes, cleared the cobwebs and ripped up those floor boards. It was a faff, but not as much as we first thought. We got it sorted and now have a sturdy floor again.

With everything out, we realised we had a LOT of space at the back end of the boat. Space that was being wasted, empty space to lose shoes and bags in. We decided it was high time to put our touch on our little water baby. ‘I COULD HAVE A STUDIO’ I squealed. Drenched in natural light, this corner of the boat would be perfect. We settled on a nice little desk come storage area, a space to work at, but that was practical and a space for clothes and shoes too. We managed to up-cycle the old wardrobes into a thing of beauty. Charlie is a talented man, and within 2 days, the area was transformed.

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37 thoughts on “Courgette Quinoa Waffles

  1. Sus, this is a great, easy recipe. Love it! And I love that you shared a bit about your accidental renovations. To find more space on your boat must have been so exciting! Btw I am working on a falafel waffle idea and I would love to link to you when/if it ever sees the light of day. Hope that’s okay with you. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Kellie! Accidental but in the best way, it’s like we’ve managed to build an extension, without actually extending anything. Oh they sound so good, happy to share my link ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. These look fabulous. I’m ashamed to say that although we eat waffles almost weekly, I’m very boring and just make plain old regular ones every time. I must be more adventurous! These look like a delicious place to start…!

  3. Lovely photos, hope you’re enjoying your new ‘studio’! My in-laws have a narrowboat too and call it “the hole in the water into which we pour money” as there is always something to fix or replace! But worth every penny! Your waffles sound scrummy, and I’ve just got a new waffle machine so will be giving them a go. Yum!

    1. HAHAHhaha, yes, it sometimes does feel like we are throwing money into the canal (literally!) but I guess that’s the same with anywhere you live. The general living costs are pretty low, which means we can squirrel some savings away for when these ‘mishaps’ happen! x

  4. Greetings Sus! I just found your blog this evening, but oh how I love what you’re all about! Focusing on seasonal and whole ingredients is the romance of life. This recipe in particular is lovely and just what I crave in a breakfast package – savory waffles. I love the addition of quinoa, I’m all for it in the morning. Also! I am very much in love with your boat life. (:

  5. Oooh these sound SO good! I only recently got a waffle maker and have been experimenting with adding various things to them – quinoa is definitely on the list to try now ๐Ÿ˜€ Your new studio on your boat sounds delightful too x

  6. I love these! So lovely. I’m glad the boat DIY turned out well. It looks like a great space. Thanks for entering #ExtraVeg!

  7. I was so excited when I saw this recipe. I’ve made courgette pancakes, but there’s something very exotic sounding about courgette waffles. But I got even more excited when I read the post and found you’ve got a bright studio space. I know how you’ve struggled. How very wonderful.

  8. These look so good! (Waffles of just about any kind are a weakness for me.) I’ve never made courgette (or zucchini as we call them here in the U.S.) waffles or pancakes before.

    1. Hey Mary! Thanks for your kind comments. I would highly recommend adding zuchini in your next waffle or pancake adventure, they work well and tasty great!

  9. Hurrah for extra space!

    I love these waffles, I’ve been meaning to try something with leftover rice recently as I am having such a love in with my waffle maker.

    Thanks for sharing with #ExtraVeg

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