Crêpes And Crêpe Suzette –
It’s only fitting I explore the Crêpe Suzette. Since it’s named after MOI and full of sugar and butter and brandy. Comme moi sans brandy.
Exploring the recette / recipe, I watched several videos including the Julia Child video on Smithsonian.com. What a character, she so seemed to have lived her life full.
Last month while my husband was visiting France sans moi, he and his Mother, bought me (upon my request) the most awesome crêpe pan. Crêpes are a French food that we really have never explored in our home. I’m sure my husband had them many times growing up, but to be honest, we just make pancakes – even when ma belle mère visits.
I remember one of the first times, I made a BIG American breakfast for my French in-laws. Canned laughter plays in the background of this memory. I made fried eggs, bacon, sausage gravy and biscuits and of course American pancakes topped with peanut butter and syrup. Most likely it was the peanut butter that provoked the grimaces and looks of confusion – although, it could have been the biscuits smothered in thick milky sausage gravy. All served with a side of ketchup.
One of the major cultural differences between us was and still is – la cuisine.
I grew up in the late 60’s and 70’s in a suburban area just south of Detroit, Michigan with a Irish, German and Polish Mother and an Irish, Scottish Father who had been born and raised in Kentucky. This common for the time classic American mixture and coupling made for extremely exciting childhood memories – mostly involving love, laughter, quick tempers, obsessive cleaning, cabbage, kielbasa and scotch whiskey. It also yielded my fiercely protective Mother and my know-it-all Father who eventually flew the coop.
In addition, many interesting foods were made and shared over the years as I visited each uniquely distinct set of Grandparents. On any given Sunday, we might enjoy pierogis at lunch, then beans and corn bread in the evening.
Flashing forward, I see how my personal cooking style was influenced. As the years passed, I continued the traditions by sharing family recipes and flavors with my children and grandchildren all the while tossing in my half French husband’s roots and tastes.
I recall many happy Saturday mornings – watching Tom & Jerry cartoons and Abbott and Costello re-runs, and waiting for the pancakes and peanut butter. Then heading out on my bike for the entire day. Hours later, arriving back at home, I’d run into the kitchen, grab a spoon and thrust it into the peanut butter jar – just a little snack before dinner.
No one can make a steak, BBQ a pork butt, or roast corn on the cob, like an American. There is also fine cuisine and many fantastic chefs in America and I personally love our eclectic menu.
Kitchen Cultural Clashes –
However, after 30 plus years of blending mine with his – I still can’t get ma beau-père (father-in-law) to try corn on the cob. When I make it – he will occasionally (very occasionally) slice it off the cob or skip it all together. And it’s not a denture issue. For him, it’s more about the actual practice of eating corn on the cob. And the fact that he is 86 and set in his ways.
Mostly he revels in new experiences – having traveled the globe. But the peanut butter and corn on the cob (not eaten together, although… I might give it a try) have proven to be too much for him. Oh and my use of ketchup, doesn’t everyone put ketchup on scrambled eggs and steak?
Buerre De Cacahuètes / Peanut Butter –
Shown below, made with my new crêpe pan, delicious Crêpes avec et sans le beurre de cacahuètes / peanut butter.
We did not flambé le crêpes today – we are reserving the Cointreau for the weekend.
Crêpes with peanut butter and hazelnut spread and we may or may not have added a bit of maple syrup.
Délicieux / Delicious.
Bonne Appétit – Suz!