Friday, January 8, 2010

Weekends with Julia~Crepes

It has been a rough week around here. Isn't it always difficult to get back into the swing of things after break!?!? As my former supervisor in admissions used to say "re-entry is hard." To make matters worse, it has been terribly cold here. Due to the weather, I have been dropping Brian off at the bus stop in the mornings. This means, I need to get up earlier, and start my routine. It is just way too cold, dark, and slippery for him to walk those six blocks. He says he doesn't mind, but I insist. Katie said, I had dark circles under my eyes this morning. That is what concealer is for would help if I remembered to put it on! And on top of it all, I'm have been working on a huge project at work! I have roughly a week to complete it. This wouldn't be so bad if I worked full time, but I work about 20 hours a week. I usually don't work on Fridays, but guess where I will be. I might even need to come in on Saturday! Well at least it is Friday, but really I can't wait for Tuesday.

Tonight we are getting together with my sisters and their families for chili. I'm looking forward to relaxing and laughing with them. It is something I have been looking forward to during this long week.

On a complete different subject, let me introduce "Weekends with Julia." When Brian and I were first married we attended seminary out east. On our campus was a small building called the Give and Take. The name sums it up well. People were allowed to take anything they wanted, and were able to give as well. It worked out well as you can imagine, because people were moving in and out. I always headed to the books, hoping that I would find a great cookbook. I was doing plenty of deep theological thinking...I needed something to do in the kitchen. On one particular visit, I found volume 1 and 2 of Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle, and Simone Beck. I really didn't know what I had found, but I remember watching Julia Child on television as a child, and knew that she made a huge impact on the culinary world. Well, I'm embarrassed to say those two books have sat on our cookbook shelf and really not been used much. So we talked about making one recipe from volume 1 each weekend throughout the year. Now, this is no Julie and Julia project. We might miss some weekends, and really we are just doing this for fun, because we like to cook. We thought you might enjoy our adventures with Julia so we will blog about our creations.

I decided for the first recipe to try French Pancakes better known as Crepes, or Pate A Crepes (Crepe batter).
Our whole family loved these! I was a little concerned that Katie wouldn't care for them because she isn't into eggy flavored pancakes. She thought they were great, and even helped make some on her own. You can make the batter the night before, which I would encourage. I made these on a Saturday morning and you must let the batter rest up to two hours, needless to say we were all rather hungry by the time they were all finished. We used a variety of fillings. Raspberry preserves, nutella, bananas, syrup, and powdered sugar. We will add these to our Saturday morning breakfast repertoire for sure. Thanks Julia!

Next week, Brian's up. That's right friends, mr. amazing will be reporting on Soupe Au Pistou (Provencal Vegetable Soup with Garlic, Basil and Herbs).

Have a great weekend friends! Stay warm and cozy!



Taffy J said...

Luck you to have found those books when you did. I saw the set at Borders the price was $89. Maybe I can check one out of the Young's library :) Bon Appetit

Dawn Cunningham said...

You guys are so cool! You do fun family things that don't cost a lot of money.

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