La Chandeleur part 2
I am having a hard time here. I feel as if my sense of humor is a horse I have to get back on.
But. I have been thrown hard.
Still, I alternate between wanting to curl in a gray cave for a long, long time, like a very worn and weary bear, and going around every room I find myself in flinging all the curtains wide to let in as much light as possible.
So, in keeping with the later spirit, I continue La Chandeleur instructions. (See yesterday’s post for your different ways to win truffles with La Chandeleur. Really, I don’t know why I should have to offer truffles to get people to eat crêpes, but crêpes have a bad way of intimidating people. And it’s not even their fault.)
To celebrate La Chandeleur, you must:
1) Gather at least a few friends or family. At least one.
2) Procure a gold louis if you can. You probably can’t–we can only manage that when Jean-Charles is around–so use whatever coinly symbol of fortune you wish. Gold-covered chocolate pieces might not work, though, because you have to hold them in your hand while flipping crêpes.
3) Assemble crêpe ingredients (flour, milk, optional beer, butter), crêpe pan or 10-inch skillet, and crêpe toppings (this is really up to you, but Nutella is popular, as is butter and sugar–the more to try the more fun).
4) Get some French cider if you can, or at least some of the hard cider you can now find in stores. Pear cider is my favorite, but most people go with apple.
5) Make crêpes, flipping them–very important–with gold coin substitute in hand. Everyone present does this at least once to secure his or her fortunes for the year.
If you don’t want to flip a crêpe, you can also throw the first one on the armoire to keep for the next year, but frankly, flipping has less chance of attracting roaches. Personally, I have heard of the armoire thing a million times but never seen anyone actually practice it, and my guess is it’s just because the first crêpe never turns out right anyway, so it’s either the armoire or the dog. Or me. With enough chocolate I’ll eat it.
More instructions on how to actually make crêpes AND how to flip one with the maximum of embarrassing accidents tomorrow. Meanwhile, be preparing the true or imagined stories of your crêpe adventures OR spreading the word OR actually enjoying some crêpes yourselves, for truffle qualification.
Sébastien’s first crêpe at New Year’s Eve, the armoire one. We celebrated New Year’s in a house under construction which is GORGEOUS but didn’t even have countertops, but my brother David had connected the stove for the occasion.
Yes, this is Sébastien. Notice how I carefully cropped the part that would show his tush. I am doing that to torture you on purpose. I KNOW why everyone is emailing me asking me to post pictures of Sébastien.