March 22, 2010
At 17 I graduated from high school. At 21 I graduated from college. I taught second grade. I had kids. I stopped teaching. I did not however stop learning. I started a business. I am writing a book. I learned to make crepes. . .
Julie Powell, author of Julia & Julie: My Year of Cooking Dangerously says, “There’s a rule of thumb that the first time you make crepes it’s going to be an unmitigated disaster. . . but if you keep on keeping on, you’ll eventually get the hang of it.”
This week I learned how to make crepes! Armed with my Julia Child cookbook and my blender I set off to master the art of crepe making. My first attempt was a total mess. I was glad I was alone in the kitchen because I sulked a little bit and had anyone seen me, it would have just been plain embarrassing. But what else can you do when you have tons of batter sitting there just waiting to be cooked? You keep going! By crepe #11 I felt like a little French diva in my kitchen, swirling the pan, flipping the crepes, rolling them up and sprinkling them with powdered sugar. . . I got so inspired that for dinner I made one of Julia's crepe variations using a creme sauce and Canadian bacon where you layer crepe, sauce, crepe, sauce until you have a stack 24 or so high and you bake it in the oven until it is warm and bubbly. It was good but the sauce took quite a bit of time and in the end we decided that the breakfast version made initially was best.
After my crepe morning I felt a little giddy. It took me a while to figure out why a mixture of blended water, milk, eggs, salt, flour and butter had such an effect on me. By the time I finished cleaning up my mess in the kitchen I had figured it out: I had just learned something new! This, I realized, is what I love about cooking. Much of my day is comprised of routine and expected elements of mothering. But I still have a deep need to develop new skills, to challenge myself. Cooking does this for me. I can open up a cookbook and in the comfort of my own kitchen, take a mini course in something new. The end result (if all goes well) will be both physically and mentally satisfying.
I don't EVER want to stop learning, how about you? I challenge you to find something new to learn this week? I would love to hear what it is:)!
Here is Julia Child's crepe
recipe. The filling I made was a mixture of cream cheese and homemade jam, yummy!
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