A Gala of Chandeleurs!
I believe our first annual Chandeleur campaign went very well. THREE people, in particular, went the Full Monty. They made crêpes AND they showed their efforts to us and the world. Worth seeing! Click on each name to go see their photos and story.
Amy, unfortunately, has now sworn off crêpes forever. But we are going to blame that on The Joy of Cooking. We, by which I actually mean the royal we because Amy refused to pass blame, have decided that it cannot possibly be OUR recipe’s fault. Despite certain recipe confusion at a certain moment.
Alala carried the tradition into Germany and gloated just a little too much about Belmandel, if you ask me. I have never had Belmandel, and I do not like it when people say something is delicious and I have never had it. I feel hostile pangs of hunger. However, it does sound better than Nutella. So does that chocolate cinnamon sugar.
Dee spread the tradition into Virginia, and seems to have even mastered the flip! (Check out the pictures of flipping crêpes.)
Thank you all for joining in! I promise I have not gone off the deep end but it made me very happy to see all those pictures and read your stories. And also to hear the memories of people who didn’t have time to make crêpes this weekend but still joined in verbally. I hope you’ll be inspired to try it yourself one of these cold winter days!
Now, as promised, I entered all the Chandeleur participants in a random drawing for truffles, and…the winner is…
Okay, this is kind of a problem. Dee, I realize YOU don’t think it’s a problem, but with the whole FAb pick thing I just know people are going to spread vicious rumors now. They are going to role their eyes and say, “Well, I could be the FAb pick, too, if I shamelessly bribed people with chocolate! Of all the nerve!”
And THEN probably authors will flood your mailbox with book copies entirely packed in chocolate, and you will just be OVERWHELMED and harassed to death by chocolate bribes, and your whole sense of integrity will be threatened, and your children will be WATCHing you, wondering if their mom can really be bought with chocolate, and…well, just think of the trial of it all.
But, I, TOO, have integrity, and even if it means I am dooming Dee to a lifetime of fighting to resist chocolate bribes, I have to tell the truth: she was the name drawn. Sébastien did it, with his eyes closed. Did anyone notice that Dee is also the ONLY person to have ever drawn a personal comment from Sébastien on this blog? Should I Suspect Something?
Anyway, congratulations, Dee! Worries about chocolate bribery not withstanding, you DO deserve it.
Alala and Amy, you deserve it, too, of course, and if I could, I would have Truffles All Around again. But I can’t, because I am having some Truffle Problems.
Dee’s heart is clenching right this second, I know it is.
I have made truffles. I spent Sunday afternoon making truffles. And they are GOOD truffles. I hope you won’t take this the wrong way, but–they are just too good for you.
Or specifically, too good for the trip to you. Because the insides are too soft. They cannot even hold up properly on a trip from the refrigerator to someone’s mouth. They start melting that fast. I tried a different recipe from my sister’s, just for fun, and I’m not saying it didn’t work, I am enjoying the attempt to get the truffles to survive intact on the way to my mouth very much, thank you. I’m just saying–it didn’t work for truffles that need to be mailed.
So…you are still going to get truffles. But I must make another batch, and I think that won’t be possible until the weekend. So…a slight delay.
However, it is my hope that this upcoming truffle batch will turn out just GREAT for mailing, and, in fact, the one thing that consoles me for not being able to promise Truffles All Around this time is that there may very well be ANOTHER chance for truffles, over on Dee and Dee Dish, as part of the FAb week.
I cannot GUARANTEE, because if I do, and this next batch doesn’t turn out right, then I will be in trouble. But I THINK and hope to include as part of the FAb week another prize of truffles.
So! All is not lost! (All is never lost, really. Not to wax moralizing or anything. Even, sometimes, if you leave a box of chocolates with me, and when you come back, all the chocolates are gone, all is not LOST. Not to everybody concerned, anyway.)
THANK YOU!!! Thank you again everyone for joining in. It was a great thing to do, and I hope you had as much fun doing it as I did reading your stories and seeing your pictures. To me, it was just…perfect. A perfect thing for you to do. Thanks for sharing this with me.