I ran into an unexpected Time Vampire this week. As you all know Tuesday was Mardi Gras, perhaps better known as “Pancake Day.” I’m very devoted to Pancake Day—just ask Bridget about that time she said that we would maybe get pamcakes on Pancake Day. Maybe? Oh no. Pamcakes must be had!
I’ll confess that last year I did not observe Pancake Day. There was just too much going on and no one to fix me pamcakes. Truth is, I do not make good pamcakes. I’ve tried (not for a while, I maybe should since I have seemingly overcome my inability to make hashbrowns) and they just never come out right. The strange thing is that I can make pamcake variations: blueberry cornmeal pancakes? That I can do. Pumpkin pamcakes? Done and done. But standard pamcakes are just beyond my cooking abilities.
This week I found myself craving crepes. I’ve never attempted crepes before, but my crazy ex-roommate used to make them a lot, so I’ve at least seen the process. And I had the ingredients, so I thought, “what the hell? Crepes are almost like pamcakes!”
Turns out I make a fairly decent crepe. Tuesday I just made four which I had with Nutella, because that’s what I was craving. Meant to cook the rest of the crepes and store them in wax paper, but was short on time, so the batter went back in the fridge. Wednesday I wanted something a little more savory (showing uncharacteristic foresight I followed a recipe for sweet crepes but only used half the sugar, so they could really go either way. Yes, that’s right, I made bisexual crepes). So I searched my fridge for something that would work as a filling and wound up with a mix of cream cheese, Monterey jack and cheddar. Sounds strange, but it was good. (Also had two crepes with Nutella. Because it’s delicious). I didn’t get around to finishing up the batter until tonight, which was largely a repeat of Wednesday with the addition of one crepe filled with locally made cherry amaretto preserves (which are just as delicious as you’re imaging).
Now I’m kind of in a total crepe phase. I want to make more batter tomorrow. I want to make some with chickpea flour (crazy ex-roommate did this once and they were delicious). I want to experiment with different fillings. Crepes, crepes, crepes, crepes, crepes. Nom!
Yeah… I’m gonna make myself give it a week or so, so as to avoid crepe burn out. But it was good three days!