Sunday, February 1, 2009

Chandeleur versus Groundhog day!

Note: French version is on my other blog: La cuisine de Babeth

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Tomorrow is La chandeleur in France, 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
-salt
-1 beer or (any sparkling water)

Directions:
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.

2 comments:

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Have a great "crêpe" day ;-P!

Cheers,

Rosa

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the recipe. Sounds terrific!

A little recommendation, I found these to be so delicious and useful in my kitchen: http://bajoseasonedsalts.com/

Cheers.

John

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