Cooking with music, a playlist for crepes
Lately, the nights are soaked in rain and thunder claps. I dream about jazz and crepes. When I wake up, I remember songs from Woody Allen's film, Stardust Memories and decide to make crepes.
The set-up. If you're making morning or midday crepes, brew a cup of tea or coffee to sip as you cook. For evening or dessert crepes, pour a glass of wine, a white or red burgundy, either way you can't go wrong, and taste.
1. Begin in the Beguine by Artie Shaw and His Orchestra
Gather ingredients for making crepes. One 8- to 10-inch nonstick skillet. Quinoa, corn, and tapioca flours. Xanthan gum. Sea salt. Hemp milk. Flax Seeds. Coconut oil. Maple Syrup. Time for warm-up exercises.
2. Flight of the Bumble Bee by Harry James & His Orchestra
Prepare to sweat a bit. Crepes take some practice to master the art of flipping. Put on your matching wrist and head bands. Jog in place, up to 2 minutes. Warm up your wrists for crepe flipping by doing wrist rotations (both hands), 20 rotations left and right. Finish with 10 jumping jacks. Now you're ready to make the crepe batter.
3. Stardust by Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra
Hydrate with a glass of water. Grind the flax seeds. Melt the coconut oil. Mix separately, dry and wet ingredients. Combine. Add more hemp milk for a pourable batter. Take a sip of your beverage of choice.
4. I'll See You in My Dreams by Django Reinhardt
Heat the nonstick skillet. Pour batter into the pan with one hand as you swirl the pan in the other to coat the batter. Accept that crepes #1 & #2 will be failures and clump together like fluffy cumulus clouds. Remember: You are not alone! After the first two tries, your crepes will be flat as flat and round as LP records.
5. Did I Remember (To Tell You I Adore You) by Billie Holiday and Her Orchestra, Bunny Berigan, Artie Shaw
Bask in the glory of success. Pour more batter. Repeat flipping technique. Store cooked crepes in the oven over low heat. Serve with sweet or savory fillings (see paper-thin, part two).
6. Goodbye by Benny Goodman
Wrap unused crepes in foil and refrigerate. When ready to eat, reheat in a 325F oven. As the sun sifts through the curtains only to be overshadowed minutes later by another downpour of rain, sit down with a crepe sprinkled with maple sugar and fresh lemon juice. Enjoy your crepe success while you watch Stardust Memories, you've earned a break.
Stay tuned for a playlist for crepes, part two: the fillings.