New Year Wishes!

Happy New Year to all of you! Wherever you are, I hope you had a great time with your family and friends and I wish you all the best for 2014!
I am currently in Japan, spending time with my grand-ma. In Japan, new year (oshōgatsu) is very important and we celebrate it with special food called “osechi”. I struggled but managed to prepare something to make my grand-ma happy! Here are some pictures of what we had yesterday and this morning!

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Crepes

Crêpes are a type of very thin pancakes. They originate from Brittany, in France. Here are the recipe for the batter, and some ideas for fillings (which can be savory dish or sweet).

Ingredients:

  • 3 eggs
  • 33 cl of milk at room temperature
  • 125 g of wheat flour
  • 10 g of melted butter
  • 5 cl of water

Directions:

  1. Combine in a medium bowl: the eggs, the flour, the milk and the butter. Mix until you obtain a smooth batter.
  2. Set aside for 30 minutes.
  3. Add the water, and mix gently with a ladle.

Preparation:

In a hot frying pan with trace of butter on the surface, pour enough batter to cover the whole pan. Cook on medium heat until the edges turn golden brown. Flip with a large spatula, and cook until the other side turns brown.

Fillings:

  • Savory dish: ham, bacon, mushrooms, fried egg, cheese…
  • Sweet: butter and sugar, jam, chocolate, ice cream…
  • In France, crêpes are served with cider