1.15.2008

a trio of crepes

to round of my trio of breakfast-turned-dinner foods!

I have only had crepes once in my life. I was 13 and had just started taking French. The teacher brought them in as a "cultural experience." We had them with Nutella, and that's the only part I remember.

Fastforward 7 years. While I was studying abroad in London, I went to Paris with some friends. They all got amazing nutella-stuffed (some were healthier and opted for fruit-filled) crepes at a street-side creperie while I bravely informed them all that no, I was not jealous, I had my vegan granola bar, thank you very much.

I was a little jealous.

2 years later (ie, this past sunday), I decided it was time to become an eater of crepes. And since I have no one to make vegan crepes for me, I must also be a MAKER OF CREPES!

Never having made them before, I have no crepe pan. But I have my beloved cast-iron skillet!
Elle est belle, non?

I used the super-simple crepe recipe from the voluptuous vegan: 1 cup chickpea flour (thanks mom!), 1 cup flour (I used half whole wheat), 2 cups warm water, 2 tbsp olive oil, and salt.

My first crepe was une catastrophe:
Zut! I thought. Are crepes going to be as despicable as pancakes?! Mais non! The next one came out better:
Et la prochaine a ete meilleure:
And from there on out they were all tres belle!

Once my crepes were complete, I had to fill them. I thought about one of the many savory fillings from the Voluptuous Vegan or Veganomicon, but my sweet tooth won me over.

Vegan no-nut-nutella with banana / chocolat vegetalien avec des bananes:
Look close and you'll see I couldn't help but take a bite out of it before I took a picture.

blueberry-(soy)yogurt / myrtilles-yaourt (soja)

et Orange-peach / Peche orange
FUNNY STORY about my french title for this particular crepe. The word "peche," in french, can go three different ways. Normally accents tell you what it means, but I do not know the coding for accents above letters. SO my title could mean: Orange Peach, Orange Sin, or Orange Fishing! You decide which you like best. ^_^

The "Orange Sin" filling is the same recipe as my strawberry sauce from last time, but with a bit more orange juice and frozen peaches in lieu of strawberries.

When I'm speaking french, I say it the french way (creps), but otherwise I say it "craypes," which absolutely appalls any non-americans I know. How do YOU say "crepes?"

16 comments:

ChocolateCoveredVegan said... Best Blogger Tips

Ok, now I am wondering why I have never made vegan crepes?! You've definitely inspired me to make some! So if you see pictures of vegan crepes popping up on my blog in the next month or so, know that it's all your fault hehe.

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said... Best Blogger Tips

I love crepes SO much, color me jealous!

Liz² said... Best Blogger Tips

haha, I say 'craypes'. I am the worstest montrealer ever. XD

Ashasarala said... Best Blogger Tips

I have never had a crepe. I thought they were supposed to be like thin pancakes, but you've shown me a whole new world!

Ruby Red Vegan said... Best Blogger Tips

I haven't made or had crepes, ever. And there's no excuse! (Well, maybe I do have an excuse: I always make pancakes instead!)
And you got really good really fast at making crepes.
Please tell me that you made three differing crepe toppings, put them on three different plates, and had three plates of crepes for breakfast! Please! Because that would be quite, quite rad of you.

VeggieGirl said... Best Blogger Tips

crepes?!?!?! très belle!!! :0)

Vegan_Noodle said... Best Blogger Tips

I don't think I've had a crepe since I was in France over 7 years ago (no a vegan). I admit I've been wary of trying due to the issues you experienced with your first one, but you've given me hope!!
Oh, and I probably say crayps but with a slight southern drawl.... hee hee.

Cody said... Best Blogger Tips

I've never had a crepe. The desire to make and eat some has been coming around a lot lately, though. TV shows, movies... this blog post.

They look yummy. Especially the 'Orange Sin.'

Ashasarala said... Best Blogger Tips

Yay! I can't wait!

Pooja said... Best Blogger Tips

Crepe looks nice finally :) .

This is my first time to this blog, and I liked it.
I to ocook vegeterian only, there is wide varity of veggie dishes you can find in my blog. take a look if you like it.
thanks.

Rural Vegan said... Best Blogger Tips

Chocolate banana crepes sound heavenly! By the end of the batch yours looked downright professional, you inspire me to give it a try!

ChocolateCoveredVegan said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm so glad to know that you and your mom liked the sauerkraut salad... I was amazed that so many people left comments on my blog saying they had never heard of sauerkraut! They are missing out, huh? ;o)

shaun.marie said... Best Blogger Tips

ooh, its been ages since I had a crepe. My family is french canadian - but since that often includes sorry-excuses-for-real-french, i say 'craypes' most of the time. unless i'm in the presence of francophones!

we had crepes alot when i was a wee kid - usually just with jam. so good!

shaun.marie said... Best Blogger Tips

oops forgot to mention - thanks for the kindness about eating solo. it would be fun to have a vegan friend in this city (how do i not have any?!) so let's figure out a food meet-up, sometime!

Monica said... Best Blogger Tips

But what is your technique secret?!

I say craypes :p

Romina said... Best Blogger Tips

With no-nutella!! Yum!! I remember growing up and going to Italy I'd always have crepes with nutella on the beach. Now I must try it as a vegan. Great work! (The first crepe always fails for me, until I get a hang of it).