September 10, 2008

I Can Make Crepes

Big things are happening in the Jumbo Empanadas kitchen right now. One of those things is relocating kitchens entirely. I am finally getting out of my awful apartment, which is something I’ve been meaning to do for the past 9 months, (since the day I moved in actually). I’m not just changing apartments though, I’m leaving the city completely. This has been a difficult decision for me to make because I really do like Toronto. I like my friends here and the markets and the restaurants and the variety of things to do for entertainment, heck I even kinda like my jobs, (cause my coworkers eat my baked goods and say nice things about them, flattery will get you everywhere). I like all of those things and I will miss them dearly so why on earth am I moving, and hours away at that? It’s a question I’ve been asking myself daily, but hopefully the end will justify the means and the move will turn out to be a good thing.


As much as I will miss Toronto, there are a few things that I will be happy to be rid of and even happier never to see again. I will not miss Ozzy, (who invited me to come over for a nightcap of wine cooler from a 2L plastic jug) or The Landlord, (who doesn’t know the meaning of the phrase ‘illegal entry to a residence’) or my crappy apartment, (that has no windows in the kitchen, thus leaving it in eternal darkness). I will not miss being woken up at 4am by Ozzy as he sings along to Journey or Pat Benetar being played at full blast. I will not miss The Landlord’s junk collection that clutters the common hallways, walls and backyard of my apartment and includes things like Jesus statues, teddy bears and 3 legged chairs. And I will not miss an apartment that has a front door that opens into the bathroom, frosted windows with bars on them and fuses that blow if more than 2 appliances are running at once.


What does all of this have to do with crepes? Nothing, but I just thought I’d let you know I can make them and they’re especially good with whipped cream, strawberries and nutella.


Easy Crepes (From Bon Appetit, June 1998)

1 1/3 cups whole milk, room temperature
1 cup all purpose flour
3 large eggs
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt

Nonstick vegetable oil spray

Mix first 6 ingredients in blender just until smooth. Cover batter and chill at least 15 minutes and up to 1 day.

Spray 7-inch-diameter nonstick skillet with vegetable oil spray and heat over medium heat. Pour 2 tablespoons batter into pan and swirl to coat bottom. Cook until edge of crepe is light brown, about 1 minute. Loosen edges gently with spatula. Carefully turn crepe over. Cook until bottom begins to brown in spots, about 30 seconds. Transfer to plate. Cover with paper towel. Repeat with remaining batter, spraying pan with oil spray as needed and covering each crepe with paper towel. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill.)


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42 comments:

Cookie baker Lynn said...

I can hardly wait to her about what adventures you have next. I hope they involve a much better apartment with an awesome kitchen! (Please pass the crepes; I'd like another one.)

Manggy said...

Good luck on your move, Brilynn! Leave it to horrible neighbors to put plenty of silver lining on it, heh :)

Hannah said...

What beautiful crepes, they look delicious!

Best of luck on your move. :)

syrie said...

Congrats on the crepes. They look perfect. I've never been brave enough to try making them. Thanks for the inspiration!

Esi said...

The crepes look beautiful. Congrats on getting the courage to move! I am thinking about doing the same thing myself.

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

As difficult as it sometimes is, moving to a new place can be such a great adventure! I envy you and can't wait to hear more about your plans.

As for the crepes, I envy them too!

Meeta said...

Bri, good luck with the move and the new beginning. sometimes changes bring in a good doze of fresh air. hugs always! and yes you do make lovely crepes!

K and S said...

gosh the apartment you are leaving sounds scary, I can't wait to hear about your new digs! these crepes look delicious, I think nutella makes them even better!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Lol, yes you can!
That's a stange apartment there! Good luck with your moving, hope the new city welcomes you well!

Peabody said...

Good luck with the move.
I still can not make crepes without twitching after the dreaded crepe cake(cough, cough) :P.

Dee said...

I'm glad you're moving - uhm, where are you moving to anyway?

Your crepes look lovely. Nutella is what I usually slap on mine, sometimes with bananas and almonds if I'm feeling especially adventurous. Must rustle up some strawberries next time :)

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

I know you can make crepes as Peabody refers to the cake in question.
(Two will do it for me. Thanks)
Good grief yes I'm glad you're moving!
Look forward to a great adventure with light filled kitchen and lovely neighbors.

joanne at frutto della passione said...

The crepes look great and congratulations on escaping ozzy and the landlord!

Dana McCauley said...

Good luck! I'm sure you'll be able to make equally nice crepes in a new city.

LyB said...

I'm so happy for you! I hope your new place has a great kitchen and lots of windows! A cute neighbor or too wouldn't hurt either, right? And I can make crêpes too, they just don't look as good as yours. :)

Patricia Scarpin said...

Bri, good luck with the move.
Joao and I are so happy right now in our new home, we cannot believe it! We had many problems in the other apartment, so I can relate a bit to the relief you are feeling.
These crepes look delish and to be honest I think they would be fantastic with just about anything!

Anita said...

Hurray for moving to a better place! Best of luck with everything! And crepes (especially with nutella) make everything better

kickpleat said...

I'm curious to know where you'll move to next! I want to move across the country, so I'm always interested when people just pick up and leave. Your crepes look beautiful!

kat said...

Lol, I love how you worked crepes into all of that. We moved from a city we loved halfway across the country for a little better life & really it has been a great experience, I hope it works that way for you too.

Maria said...

You certainly can make crepes! YUM!
Good luck with your move and new kitchen:) Best wishes to you! Keep us updated on everything. I hope your new neighbors are better!

Emiline said...

Good luck with your move! You need to get out of there...sounds awful. Where are you moving to?

I've been hungry for crepes lately. They have this new crepe place at the mall and they have to dress up like they're "French." Anyway, I was going to buy one, but they cost $6 for a crepe!

Mrs. L said...

You had me at Nutella. I had crepes at a restaurant not to long ago and your's looks so much better than what they presented me with!

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Sounds like you are more than ready for a change of scenery. Good luck with the move!

creampuff said...

You're moving! But we didn't get together ... WHERE ARE YOU GOING?!

Irene said...

I've been following your apartment saga for a while, so I had to smile when I saw that you are finally ditching it. Our neighbors in our old apartment used to put things in the (very narrow) hallway all the time -- charirs, tables, COUCHES, lamps -- in short, all the things that should be *inside* the apartment. Good luck and all the best!

Jenny said...

Nice crepes!
Any chance you are moving to Ottawa? :-)
Either way, good luck on the move, can't wait to hear what happens.

Deborah said...

I can't believe you've already been there for 9 months. It seems like just yesterday that you moved in. I'm excited for your new adventure, although I will admit that I'll miss the Ozzy stories. They were quite amusing! And the crepes look truly delicious!

Fruit tart said...

Can't wait to hear about the new location and I hope it includes a nice sunny kitchen! Crepes with nutella . . . mmmm, almost made some of those this week myself.

Ben said...

Congratulations on the move. Wherever you go I hope you like it and are happy :D I'd love to live in Toronto even with Ozzy! LOL I just love big cities.

Those crepes look just amazing!

Mike of Mike's Table said...

lol, good riddance to that apartment. I hope the new place suits you well. And the crepes do look delicious--they're crepes, how could they not? ;-)

Scott at Real Epicurean said...

Very cool. I had pancakes for breakfast myself of the more traditional variety. Always a good time!

PheMom said...

Yay! Can't wait to hear about your new move! Congrats on getting away from those crazies! Your crepes look wonderful!

Amber said...

I will be going to Puerto Vallarta again just after Thanksgiving. I eat on the streets a little but I eat on the streets a lot when I pass the crepe stand. This woman has so many fillings, fruits, jams, nuts, liquors, chocolate, etc, and they fold them into a cone. You just made me wish it was November 29th. The way you made them is one of my very favorites. I love moving, new possibilities, getting rid of things including neighbors. Horrible neighbors give you great stories though don't they? I hope your new place has lots of windows and a view of a gorgeous rich man!

Sara said...

I haven't made crepes in a long time, these look great!

Candice said...

Good luck with the move! Is it long distance or not too far?

hot garlic said...

Okay, you're funny, I like you.

Good luck with the move and the crepes look Exxxcelent dahling!

Nina Timm said...

We call those pancakes, but it doesn't really matter what you call them, they look delicious all dressed up in cream, nutella and strawberries....

Alexa said...

Your crepes look scrumptious... So hard to resist.

Megan. said...

hooray for crepes! yours look lovely..especially the nutella :) that stuff makes everything better!

Sara said...

Glad to hear you are getting away from Ozzy. Happy moving, it always sucks.

Susan said...

I lived the first half of my life in apartments, so I feel your pain. Good luck with your adventurous move. Crepes are a nice, simple treat to sweeten all the bumps as you get situated in your new home.

bren@Flanboyant Eats said...

i love love crepes! takes me to Paris every single time!