Who Doesn’t Love Crepes?

Apparently I have a thing for French cuisine.

Yesterday, during the brunch I threw for my boyfriend (congrats to him on receiving his Master’s!) I made these crepes, and they were a hit. I’ve made many crepe recipes over the years, and I’ve found it’s hard to go wrong–but these ones are a classic!

courtesy of Wikipedia

I prefer sweet crepes, but the sugar can also be omitted: they’ll still be delicious.

BASIC SWEET CREPES:

  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup milk (I mix skim and half-and-half)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 TBSP unsalted butter, melted, plus extra for pan
  • 2 TBSP sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
1. Whisk together flour, milk, water and beaten eggs.
2. Add butter, sugar, salt, vanilla and whisk until combined. Mixture should be liquid.
3. Heat small amount of butter (or margarine) in the skillet, coating the bottom of the pan as it melts. Keep the heat on medium-high.
4. Pour in desired amount of batter (I usually do about 1/4 of a cup) into heated skillet, tilting pan to spread the batter very thin. The crepe will cook very quickly; watch the heat of the pan to prevent overcooking. The edges will turn brown and the crepe should bubble; flip (about one minute) and cook the other side. 
5. Remove from heat (the other side will cook faster than one minute) and serve with desired fillings: cinnamon and sugar, fruit, jam, whipped cream, Nutella, etc.
6. Enjoy!
What are your favorite crepe fillings? Or recipes?

Spring Break for the Unemployed

Well, it’s spring break for most of my peers, and amid all their joyous relaxation, I’m realizing that this week is going to be the busiest I’ve had in awhile…ironic.

Although, my definition of “busy” has altered significantly since I became officially unemployed, but it’s still rather eventful.

This week, I have FOUR interviews (!!!), two ski dates, a St. Patrick’s Day/farewell party to throw and cook for, and our local Borders is closing so I am all over that. Also, I’m housesitting for my parents, which means babysitting our badly behaved and seriously adorable dogs, which pushes my goal of maybe-I’ll-have-children-by-now year back about five years.

(By the way, the fact that Borders is closing is the last straw: I need to leave Bozeman. Between their coffee and the books, I possibly single-handedly kept them afloat all of these years. Apparently that wasn’t enough…but, I suppose I have been absent from their aisles for some time, thanks to my limited funding, so maybe they really felt that too).

Three of the interviews are VERY promising: all with AmeriCorps, one in Denver, one in Connecticut, and one in Portland (all on the phone, unfortunately…this is when I wish I was an engineer/businesswoman/whatever kinds of careers this actually applies to, where my prospective employers would fly me to said city). The fourth one…well, maybe it would give me time to write at 4 am? Lookin’ for the bright side here…basically, it’s quite far away, the pay is terrible, and it’s the graveyard shift. The only reasons I’m going are because my mother, who works at a retirement community herself, much like this one, convinced me it could have a “great vibe” and it’s always good to practice interviewing. And oh yeah, I’m as desperate as 10-cents-a-dance.

In addition to all of these activities, I’m still attempting to work out regularly and launch my freelance writing career (which so far has produced…this blog).

All I can say is, if this week is overwhelming, how am I going to feel when I actually have a career with all of this to juggle? Or a family? (Just so you know, both of these thoughts terrify me and send me straight to Kayak to research airfares to France).

I better enjoy the good life now. Meanwhile, I’ll keep looking at those France airfares. Maybe working in a retirement community wouldn’t be so bad…could satisfy my need for some true French cuisine in Paris.