Wednesday, 22 February 2012

pancake feast

so being half american, our usual pancake fare would be this for dinner on Shrove Tuesday....and i LOVE it! We also frequently eat this for weekend breakfasts

however this year i decided to learn how to make crepes. i had great intentions of picking up spinach, creme fraiche etc from the shops and following a recipe. however at 8:30pm i had just got the kids to bed, hungry husband home, feeling weak with hunger and exhaustion myself and had bought no extra ingredients and made no start on the "pancake feast" i had promised. i opened the fridge and decided to free-style.. determined to follow-through on my idea from earlier in the day, even though my energy, enthusiasm and mood had hit rock bottom!

Here's the easy crepe recipe i followed:
  • 1. Melt a tablespoon of butter and set aside.
    2. Sift 125g plain flour and pinch of salt salt into a mixing bowl, then crack in an egg and mix well.
    3. Add 150ml milk and 150ml water and stir well
    4. Add the melted butter and beat until smooth and well combined

    Leave aside while you make your filling with whatever you have on hand in the fridge. Here's what i did:

    1. Heat oil in a pan
    2. Add a chopped onion and cook a few minutes
    3. Add four strips of bacon (chopped) and cook a few minutes
    4. Add a chopped chard (i had this in the fridge and had to look up what it was - use whatever veggies you can find) and cook/stir a few minutes
    5. Turn heat down and add 2 big tablespoons greek yoghurt
    6. Add pepper (i had a tiny bit of salsa that needed using up so added that as well)
    7. Pour crepe mixture in to a hot oiled pan until bubbly and flip it over
    8. Put your veggie/yoghurt mix on the crepe in the pan and add some grated cheddar cheese, when the crepe is browning underneath, fold it over and serve (or put in the oven while you make more)...

the first two i made were a disaster
the second two turned out well
and we saved just enough batter to finish off the meal with lemon and honey crepes
Not sure if i prefer the american pancake meal or the french crepe version but i did enjoy the savoury first course rather than a whole meal covered in maple syrup. I will definitely try more crepes as i think i could improve on the actual crepe itself and want to experiment with fillings. it could make a great meal for the kids as you can choose the fillings you know that they will like. i've never seen a crepe consumed so fast as when little mr z was handed one filled with nutella yesterday.

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