Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Oh, Crap!

I totally forgot what today was!

No, not Groundhog day. That concept does not exist in France.

Today is la Chandeleur! ACK!

This is a day that, religiously, marks the day Jesus was presented to the Temple (something like that). It takes place 40 days after Christmas. But in today's secular France, you are supposed to eat crêpes at 8:00 p.m.

Huh. Damn. Now I've been suddenly struck with a desperate urge to eat crêpes with apricot jam and chocolate. But I've never, EVER made them before. Hell, I can't even make pancakes properly, and crêpes are like a wafer-thin pancake. Eek.

What say you, folks? Shall I try to foolishly make crêpes without knowing how the heck it's done? Eh, I can answer my own question. Screw the plateau!

*runs to the kitchen to prepare crêpe batter*

Barb the French Bean


  1. Mmm...crêpes are fantastic. Good luck with them!

  2. Not quite the same, but I made french toast for the first time today. Mine turned out delicious, so I wish you good luck on your crêpe adventure!

  3. GO FOR IT!!! Celebrate the fact that you've kept a steady weight! ;D

    Let us know how it turns out! :)

  4. And I just realized that you posted on my second blog!!! Thank you soooooo much! :D

  5. That sounds like an excellent way to celebrate Jesus! I hear He likes powdered sugar and strawberries.

  6. "Aujourd’hui, on connaît surtout la Chandeleur en tant que jour des crêpes. On raconte que c’est le pape Gélase Ier qui faisait distribuer des crêpes aux pèlerins qui arrivaient à Rome pour la fete de la presentation de Jesus au temple" --French Wikipedia...So the crepes DO make sense, to some "traditional" degree!

  7. Go Barb Go! Get crêpey with it!

  8. Crepes are pretty easy to make, you'll be fine.

    Try chocolate and banana.

  9. throw some groundhog in those crepes...have yourself a multicultural meal.


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