Sunday morning is the day we make crêpes (thin pancakes)! Usually my husband makes them, but this time it will be me as he is away on a business trip and won’t be back before tomorrow…:(
The recipe is quite simple and needs 5 minutes to prepare. However I remember my mother placing the batter in the fridge for half an hour, to rest she said, but I am not a patient person, and I frankly don’t think it makes any difference in the taste, only in its consistency, it becomes a bit thicker while standing!
So for the ingredients: (for approximately 8 crêpes)
1/2 cup brown flour (any kind would do, buckwheat flour…)
1/2 cup white flour (I like mixing these because it gives a nicer, thicker and healthier texture)
It is no secret that I collect cookbooks, more than fifty stacked in my library or shelves around the house and in all languages (mainly English, but French Danish and Arabic should account for some). The funny thing is that I love buying them, looking at them, browsing each one of them and dreaming of making all recipes during a month (project that never really saw the light!), but if you ask me how many recipes I have tried from those books I would say a mere 5%? meaning 2-3 recipes per book? that is even a bit exaggerated…
My last acquisition “The jewelled kitchen” by Lebanese Bethany Kehdy made me realize what a treasure i had lined up on my shelves and that it was about time to explore them one by one…Huge and impressive task you may say.. well, this blog should have a new direction or at least a fresh input so why not start with my passion?
I will tell you how I am going to proceed with this journey, and will be sharing my views and feelings as I cook along those books. My inner secret is to be able one day to created my own cookbook (yes) and this journey is definitely going to provide me with a load of material on the how’s, do’s and don’ts… I must confess that my current work at Hachette Antoine publishing house is yet another step towards my secret dream…writing and publishing…the creation of a cookbook is not as it looks (i am experiencing this first hand with my colleagues); it is a very hard and long road where several people must be working in tandem and harmony to be able to give us readers an enticing and inspiring book. Every single entry in a cookbook should be well dosed, controlled, checked and tried! every picture has hours of work behind it (involving up to 5 persons if the cookbook’s budget permits it, more of this in my next post about my food blogger workshop with Bethany Kehdy and co.).
So what characterizes my collection of cookbooks? see for yourself:
a bit of everything really… love Nigella (its is obvious, have 3 of her books), Ramsay Gordon (even if his character seems a bit amplified on TV), and The naked chef (you have to be as quick as Jamie O when trying out his recipes!)… William Sonoma was also a discovery, and the book most used on those shelves must be The soup Bible (a must have in every kitchen if you love soups…). This book has probably food stains on more than one page!
What about you? Do you also have a passion of cookbooks? if yes I would love to hear about it… my library is definitely not complete yet!
Here is a peak on what my next post will be about (today’s menu, inspired by “The Jewelled Kitchen”)…
I know this is going to be repetitive for some of you, but not sharing this magical walk is too selfish! Please bear with me and I am sure you will enjoy to some extend what we experienced first hand. ..Some of these pictures are taken by my son georges who has a good eye for beauty ( thanks God my love of beauty is being transmitted to my young ones!)
It is truly beyond description…am fascinated and in awe of these moments…
Kikhavn is a fairytale village on the border of the North Western coast of Sealand in Denmark. Orange and red coloured brick cottages with hay roofs and surrounded by wooden cottages, mostly painted in black or brown…a maize of colours and houses. Some even inviting us as the local café with a mix of chairs and tables, offering hot cocoa and home made cake. .
These houses are beautiful seen early morning with the warm light of the rising sun..but during our evening stroll everything takes a magical appeal. A golden and pink light falls and embrases the village.
We walk in silence and enjoy imagining whom lives behind the now closed doors. .
Several houses offer to the lucky hikers a selection of their home produce, all neatly placed on wooden and sometimes flashy metal tables, with a price list neatly written on a piece of paper, beside a glass jar for the money.
Hope you will enjoy the most soft and mesmerising sunset to this day, photos taken by my son Georges…am discovering talents here!
If you are to some fun and exploration then this 600 m2 flee market on a road between two villages, asserbo and frederiksvaerk in northern Denmark is the place…you are met by myriad of knick knacks, porcelain, dolls, 50 year old tabloid magazines, phones from 80 years ago, silver cutlery, zillion of wooden frames and faded paintings, vintage furniture and fur coats. ..all of that served with a warm cup of coffee in pretty little white porcelain cups and even a piece of chocolate marble cake! Ole the owner of this ali baba cavern meets you with a smile and will pretty much accept your price for your findings. .
Definitely a place to visit and who knows, you might find your next perfect vintage orange glass plate for your collection!
If you can’t get enough of trees and the wonderful feeling that emanates from their energy, then this peaceful stroll in the woods of hundested is for you to enjoy…wish I can keep this sense of inner happiness in me for ever..
I was in desperate need of greenery, of oxygen, of pure fresh air and of nature..a trip to my second home; Denmark, fulfilled me with all of the above..hope you can enjoy the freshness of it all through my pictures…