Friday, February 1, 2008

Chandeleur versus Groundhog day ?

Note: French food blog version of this post is here on La cuisine de Babeth.

London is calling! I'm going to London with all my family for my mother's birthday, so I need to discuss right now important food related events that will occur over the week-end. In France this week-end we are celebrating La chandeleur , basically in every French household crêpes (thin French-like pancakes) will be flying of the pans!
And in the US , ok it's Super Bowl but also I'm pretty sure all Americans anxiously waiting for report from Punxsutawney on ground hog Day. More precisely from Phil, the groundhog. Punxsutawney Phil is the only true weather forecasting groundhog. The others are just impostors.

There has only been one Punxsutawney Phil. He has been making predictions for over 120 years! On February 2, Phil comes out of his burrow on Gobbler's Knob - in front of thousands of followers from all over the world - to predict the weather for the rest of winter.
According to legend, if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather. If he does not see his shadow, there will be an early spring.

But Chandeleur and Groundhog day are quite similar, crêpes are symbolic representation of the sun and Phil is announcing when the winter is over, so when the sun will be back.

I don't have any Groundhog cookies recipe for you, but let me give you my secret crepe one!

What is so great is that you can let your imagination goes and fill them with whatever you like!
-for savory ones (here it's better to substitute the regular flour by wheat one) : sunny egg+gruyere+ham, spinach+goat cheese, salsa+bacon ...
-for sweet ones:butter+sugar, butter+sugar+lemon juice, jam, crème de marron (chestnut purée), nutella, pear+hot chocolate+whipped cream

Ingredients: (for about 12 crêpes)
-2 cups of flour
-2 cups of milk
-3 eggs
-2 oz of butter
-1 beer or (any sparkling water)

1- Melt the butter. Set aside.
2- Combine in a large bowl milk, egg, 1 teaspoon of salt. Add the melted butter and the flour and whisk well.
3- Add about 1/3 of beer to the mix and whisk. The beer or sparking water will make it airy.
4- Set aside for about 1 hour with a clean cloth on top.

Important: don't forget to check: Help beat sarcoma

Note: French version of this post is here on La cuisine de Babeth.


Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Have a nice trip and eat well!



Tanya said...

Here in Georgia they follow the General Beau Lee Groundhog, which reported an early spring. No good Georgian would dare listen to what the Yankee Groundhog reports,lol....I have twins born on Groundhogs day, my groundhog babies!
Love your blog by the way! :)

Babeth said...

Tanya: thanks for your funny comment. I didn't know about the Georgian Beau Lee Groundhog, thanks for sharing that with me.
You're lucky to have Groundhog babies :-)

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