Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Lazy Sunday

To me, nothing can beat lazy Sunday mornings – having breakfast while still in pajama and uncombed hair, taking my time drinking coffee, talking to family, reading the Sunday paper… This is probably the only slow time I get during a week, and I always try to hold on to it for as long as I can.

On Saturday night, I thought of asking Varuzh to teach me how to makes his delicious crepes – he had always said that it is “very easy”.  So I thought if I find it truly easy, I’ll suggest the recipe to all of you so that you all can treat your mothers to crepes for breakfast on Sunday. M-m-m.

When I got up on Sunday, I thought of a sweet, soft, and soul-warming breakfast. I put my robe and uggs on and headed to the kitchen where Varuzh was already grinding coffee beans getting ready to brew a pot of vanilla bean coffee, my favorite. The smell of freshly ground coffee filled my body and made me smile. It smelled like a lazy Sunday morning.  Nice…

“Honey, I want to learn how to make crepes today. Could you teach me?” I asked.

“Sure baby,” he laughed. “You are always welcome to learn.”

… Varuzh makes delicious food, but his cooking style is not exactly like mine! I am very organized, and when I bake, I take all the ingredients out first, measure them, and place them in the right order. This way, I believe, putting them all in a bowl or mixer is fast and easy. But when I asked Varuzh how much and what he puts into the bowl, his answers sounded more like: a little bit of this, a little bit of that.

“I am sorry, honey,” I said. “But I don’t have natural talent to make crepes batter, and I need sizes of cups and spoons!”

From that point on, Varuzh tried to be more precise and patient with me. And, it turned out, that making crepes is not that difficult after all. I did a great job. The batter turned out at a perfect consistency, and I was flipping these sweet treats like a pro! So, I think, if I can do it, so could you! I am posting the recipe below. Forgive me if it not perfectly written, it’s the first one I have ever written.

I folded crepes on our plates and we all garnished them as we wanted. Varuzh sprinkled his with strawberries and sour cream. Alex dusted his crepes with powdered sugar. And I garnished my crepes with maple syrup and berries.

Love lazy Sunday mornings!  Hope you do too.
With love always,
xo, Zuma A.

And here is the recipe for 6 crepes:

The Ingredients:
- 3 eggs
- 3/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1 tbs butter (melted)
- 1/8 cup heavy cream
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1 tsp sour cream
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbs honey
- 3 pinches of salt

In a large mixing bowl beat eggs for about 30 seconds. Add flour and mix until combined. Then add the rest of ingredients, one by one, in the order listed above. Beat for another minute or so, until smooth and creamy.

Heat a very lightly oiled skillet (I use vegetable oil, so there would be no additional flavor). Once skillet is hot, pour or scoop 1/6th of the batter onto the skillet. Tilt the pan with a circular motion until batter coats the surface evenly. After 30 seconds or when the bottom is light brown, loosen crepe with a spatula. Then flip the crepe and cook for another 15 seconds or until the bottom barely cooks through. The time depends on your skillet and thickness of the crepe. Transfer the crepe onto a plate. Repeat until all the batter is used.

Garnish crepes with anything you chose, such as Maple syrup or sugar powder, sour cream or whip cream, any of your favorite fruits or berries.

Bon appetite!

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