Sunday, September 26, 2010

Project Food Buzz Challenge #2: Getting My Crepe On

I am so pleased to be able to post another entry for Project Food Blog.  With the opportunity to move on to Challenge #2, I'm thrilled to step out of my comfort zone to present you with a classic recipe outside of my own culture.  I grew up with Russian food- borscht, beef, potatoes, sausage and a meat jello like you wouldn't believe. Now I gravitate towards either Asian or decidedly California style cuisine in my daily cooking.

Having grown up with past generations of women in my family who cooked under the motto of "a pinch of this and a handful of that" I have to admit that I am incapable of following a recipe.  I should have probably stated this caveat at the onset of this contest, but I'm fessing up now.  I cringe at the thought of following an entire recipe, for no other reason than my own stubbornness.  My challenge was to not only create a dish from another culture, but follow a recipe while doing so.  In order to attempt this, I picked the cuisine that I usually shy away from- French food.

Most people who know me can confirm that French food and I just don't mix.  Being on the healthy end of the blog spectrum, I have to admit that I did not own a stick of butter or white flour, and truly had no idea if I ever tried creme fraiche.  Not only was I clueless, but I decided that if there was any culture that would least tolerate my lack of butter in the kitchen, it had to be the French. 

If there is anything that comes to mind as classic French, it's crepes.  Butter, flour, milk, pinch of salt, and sugar.  I borrowed a crepe maker and I was on my way.  Such simple ingredients, and so much potential.  Crepes can be served sweet, savory, and everything in between and that was the approach I took.

I began by using a recipe for crepes from this Examiner article:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 Tbsp melted butter
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • water, as needed

*I doubled the recipe exactly so that I could make approximately 20 crepes.

 Ratatouille Crepes
The first crepe I made included another classic- ratatouille.  I used a recipe from Easy French Food and it was exactly that- easy.  I used the following ingredients, following the recipe exactly, but omitting green bell peppers:
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 onions, chopped
  • 1/2 eggplant, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 2 zucchini, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or crushed
  • 3 small garden tomatoes pounds tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon basil
  • salt and pepper
  • fresh dill for garnish

Once everything softened and sauteed together, I was ready to get my crepe on.

Creme Fraiche Lemon Crepes
The next crepe I made was savory and sweet.  Most of the recipes I read for fillings called for lemon rind or creme fraiche, so I combined the two.  My star ingredients really made this dish.
A garnish of fresh California figs made for a fresh take on this dish.

Classic Nutella Crepes
Perhaps the biggest challenge in this entry is not devouring the Nutella jar in one sitting. 
A classic filling used by the French and perhaps the most recognizable way to enjoy crepes- this is savory, buttery, and completely indulgent. 

The best part of this challenge was the taste test and I can assure you that I would gladly put aside my butter, white flour and sugar rules for this meal.  It was also worth tearing my kitchen apart.  I'm off to tackle that Nutella jar.  Challenge accepted.


Anonymous said...

Crepes are one of my favorite foods ever.

I like how you included both sweet & savory fillings :)

Smiley Leslie said...


Katie @ Healthy Heddleston said...

Gorgeous!! And kudos to you for making three different crepes! Can't wait until voting opens! :)

Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) said...

Ok can I come over right now? This looks so amazing! I'm so excited to vote for you tomorrow :)

Biz said...

My daughter would love the nutella ones!!

I am going to vote for you! :D

Anne Marie said...

I love crepes! Still no baby yet! He or she is getting too comfortable in here!

Healthy Mamma said...

Wow! Looks fabulous! Great job. Good luck on PFB!

Gina; The Candid RD said...

YUUUUM!!! I can't believe I've never made a crepe. And like you, I never follow recipes either, I just hate measuring things. I'm lazy in the kitchen, I guess.

I'm stopping by for a bite of this goodness :) Nutella in a crepe, fancy that!

Jolene - EverydayFoodie said...

I love that you made crepes!! They all look delicious! I am really craving crepes now - savoury, sweet, any kind!

Elina (Healthy and Sane) said...

Wow, you went crepe happy, didn't you? :)
My mom makes amazing crepes but every time I tried, I fail miserably. Maybe it's time to give it another go. I mean, you can make all of this!! :D
(Just voted for you :) ).

Lick My Spoon said...

I applaud you for... "following an entire recipe"?! A nice twist to the challenge, along with the pleasant family heritage tidbit~
But even if you had to, it seems you had fun - and all three crepes look simply delicious! But the Creme Fraiche Lemon Crepes, seems so refreshing, and perfect to deal with this heatwave. Got my vote!
Lick My Spoon

Russell at Chasing Delicious said...

My family loves crepes! I've never tried a savory crepe though. The variants you made all look super delicious!

Good luck!

Anonymous said...

I've only tried sweet crepes and hadn't thought of Ratatouille Crepes. Thanks for the inspiration!