It's been a while since I've posted, readers. I'd like to say it was because I was actually touring the beautiful cities of France but that wasn't the case. I knew that it would be more difficult to post during the school year but, to be honest, these past two weeks have been more difficult than I ever could have imagined. Maybe one day, I'll write more on that but for now... It's our first stop! The beautiful country of France where famous kings and queens meet high fashion and rich, buttery foods!
So let's begin our journey.
Let's start with the basics. A crêpe is the french word for pancake. However, because French food is so famous worldwide, and because a lot of English words come from the French language, we also use the word crepe as reference to very, very, VERY thin pancakes.
In France, the crêpe was originally called a galette (flat cake) and dates back further than the 12th century! They originated from Brittany, France. Anyways, Back in the day when Belle roamed the countryside of France (see note), buckwheat was used to make galettes. Buckwheat flour actually has a lot of health benefits. A galette made with buckwheat flour has more fiber, some amino acids (whatever those are), and for those on that "gluten free" kick - you're in luck! These are free of all gluten!
White flour crêpes, the ones we are more familiar with, weren't around until the 20th century. These crêpes are softer because they have milk, eggs, and butter. If you've ever gotten a dessert crêpe or breakfast crêpe, you already know how delicious these things are.
HOW TO THROW YOUR OWN Fête des la Chandeleur
AKA: Jours des crêpes
WHEN: February 2nd
WHAT: Note: Celebration for the Catholic Holiday known as Candlemas which commemorates the purification of Mary and the presentation of Jesus as a little baby. Like any holiday, there are silly, fun traditions and most of them involve crepes! So first you're going to want to make some crepes! (I'd probably go with the all-purpose flour kind because buckwheat flour is damn expensive!)
If you can't remember how to make crepes check out the recipe HERE.
Start off with the traditional BUCKWHEAT GALETTES with a side of roasted asparagus! For dessert, enjoy a round of fluffy vanilla and sugar crêpes stuffed with NUTELLA AND MANY VARIATIONS including, but not limited to, fresh fruit, jam, shredded coconut, cookie crumbles, and so much more!
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Crêpe Tossing: While holding a coin in your dominant hand, you try to flip a crêpe in a frying pan. If it doesn't fall on the floor, your year will be prosperous!
You could also play various versions of this: throwing between a partner or in a circle.
If I were you, I'd pick a nice French pandora station, get fancy, pull out your beret, grab some wine or champagne, and eat crêpes with friends and family because ultimately, that's the beauty of food - it connects people!
Au revoir France! Maybe one day I'll get to celebrate the Jour des crepes in one of your beautiful cities!
Next Stop: DEUTSCHLAND! Germany!
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Note: I have no idea what time period Beauty and the Beast is set in but its from still from the same time period where people flung buckets of shit into the street as their plumbing system so who cares really...