appropriately enough, the song that just started playing on winamp is "Hey food," Sesame Street's answer to "Hey Jude." shut up, it's actually a cute song.
anyway, so this is a photoessay chronicling the creation of my very first batch of crepes.
cut to spare ye browsers.
I've made a pancake or two in my life, so I'm not entirely new to the flat griddle cake style of cuisine. however, there were a few obstacles to complete success, the most notable being my less-than-strict adherence to the recipe, to wit:
the original recipe: 2 eggs, 2 tbs. melted butter or vegetable oil, 1 1/3 cups milk, 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1/2 tsp. salt.
my "halved" recipe: 1 egg, one glug of vegetable oil, milk (notice how there's no measure here?), half a cup of unsifted all-purpose flour, and enough salt to fit in the center of my cupped palm.
also, the directions indicate that one should make the batter in a food processor or blender, or at the very least, using a hand mixer or rotary beaters. a food processor? I know a grand total of one person who owns one of those. and that person is neither me nor any of my housemates.
I used a spoon and a gigantic whisk.
the recipe makes a concession for heathens that don't appropriately process their batter; they recommend refrigerating the batter for two hours. yes, two hours. however, I was hungy then, so I forewent the refrigeratory period. I knew it wasn't prime batter by the fact that it had visible microlumps in it, but oh well.
anyway, the batter seemed thin enough, and the pan was hot, so I took the plunge.
hey, it's almost crepe-shaped! it has a couple of tentacles there on the side, but on the whole, it's not too bad.
and it turned into a very tasty sugar crepe! it looks legitimate enough there.
take two. there's a hole, and some other strange prominences, and the eastern border is a little thin, but again, not so bad.
granted, the crepe appears to have contracted some horrible pox disease. actually, I attribute the bizarre color pattern to my poor batter mixing skills.
the one on the bottom has nutella in it. nyum.
a portrait of the crepist as a young woman?
now, I remembered seeing people use some sort of fancy spreader thing to make their crepes even, so I MacGyvered a spreader out of a bamboo kebab stick. the results were ...poor. it was still tasty, but it was prohibitively thin.
at that point, I thought perhaps I was going about it all wrong, so I decided to just not try to spread the batter at all. and the result was ...a pancake? the camera apparently was sufficiently dissatisfied with my result to not take the picture in focus, all "man, I'm not even going to bother to take a good picture of that crap." its vertical dimension made folding a bit difficult.
and then I wandered into the animal parade:
hey, look! it's a dolphin!
that was one delicious sugar fish crepe.
hello, earless, stunted-trunk elephant!
in part, I blame the weird appendages on adding additional milk (I had hit a particularly lumpy section of batter, so I was trying to thin it out). but I think that it was overkill at that point, as, post-animals, the shapes became more ameboid.
like this one.
and this one.
however, during the process, I managed to make some fairly decent specimens, including the following:
they kind of look like real crepes! granted, they still have the horrible pox disease, and weird tabs, but they're not terrible.
mmmm ... nutella (left, duh) and sugar. I didn't have any good fruit to add, but that's my goal for next time.
all in all, not bad for my first try!