This morning, before I went on with my daily routine, I had my morning cup of tea and a dose of Facebook. From there I've learned that today is a National Pancake Day. Well, it took care of my dinner plans and I carried on with my Thursday 'to do" list. Quite quickly I realized that I am missing a few ingredients for my pancakes.
See, what we call pancakes are actually crapes that come with different fillings. Some like it savory (me), and some like it sweet (the rest of my family). The sweet filling wasn't an issue: I have plenty preserves to cover a few miles of pancakes.
As of savory part I knew exactly what I wanted but I had to get it. If I were as good as my mother in mycology (part of biology that studies fungi) I would go foraging for some wild mushrooms, specifically chanterelles. But because of fear of being lost in the woods keeps me always on the hiking trail my chances to pick some mushrooms were very small.
So I went "foraging" to a local farm that sells chanterelle mushrooms, and qtoday it was as fresh as it could be (by looking at it I had suspicion it was picked this morning - that fresh!)
Why did I want to go through all this trouble? Well, because a) it is a chanterelle season (and I guess all other mushrooms too), and b) I wanted my crapes stuffed with mushrooms and cheese.
There's no recipe today, everyone knows how to make crapes, right? or pancakes? Then just choose your topping.
For me it was fresh chanterelle mushrooms, sauteed in a little butter with shallots. Then I topped crapes with mushrooms and some Manchego cheese, folded it and warmed on one side in a skillet until cheese started to melt. Oh my!
For my sweet loving part of the family I made ricotta cheese filling with a touch of honey, and topped the crapes with raspberry preserve.
As of that National Pancake Day, it's confusing. I've seen it being celebrated on February 5th; then on February 28th; then on September 26th, then in Russia it's a whole Pancake week before Great Lent.
But then, do we need a reason to have a Pancake day? :)
Марина я извеняюсь что пишу по русски , ну ух ты какие у тебя блины и лисички! И даже дымок исходит-)ReplyDelete
Thank you! I am learning to take better photos... :)Delete
Look at how skillfully thin your crepes are! And I can't say that I'm very good at foraging either. I am scared of picking something inedible and getting lost! :PReplyDelete
Lorraine, same here, for both of those reasons! :)Delete
Never heard of National Pancake day, certainly not over where I am. You are right, anything can be rolled of stuffed into pancakes/crepes and I am loving the mushrooms inside.ReplyDelete
I never heard of National Pancake day until now either. Learning something every day! :)Delete
I love, love crepes, Marina. Yours are beautiful!!! I can't believe you we SO close in Seattle...I wish we had made arrangements to meet up!. Next year's meeting is in Seattle again...not sure I'm going, but if so, let's grab a cup of tea :)ReplyDelete
Hi Liz, yes, it was very strange being at the same place and at the same time. I hope to get into blogging conference next year. That would be fun!Delete
Your crepes look beautiful so thin as paper. I have yet to make so thin with gluten free flour. And the filling is incredible using chanterelle mushrooms.ReplyDelete
Hi Balvinder, thanks for the compliment on the capes. I am sure you can master the gluten free as thin as the gluten one, or even thinner.Delete
Good like crepes! I'll take them with either a sweet or savory filling. Or both! Good job with these - thanks.ReplyDelete
Hi John, I know, the crapes is an always a win-win meal for my men. I can wrap in it anything and they would eat (that's if I can save any crapes from them when I am frying it! often I have a line and crapes disappear before they reach a plate) :)Delete
He hee! I can eat pancakes or crepes ANY day. I love savory ones too (for breakfast) and sweet ones for snack. I have never tried mushrooms and cheese as filling, and what a great idea! I love mushrooms and try to put in my dishes where I can add (but then my kids complain why we have mushrooms everywhere!). Looks so delicious and now it's my turn to make it!ReplyDelete
Hi Nami, mushrooms and potatoes are a good filling for crapes too. Easy dinner! My son complains about mushrooms too, but it's only because it's his job to brush it off any debris (yes, kids in this home have chores :) Thanks for visiting me here! Missed you!Delete
Ha, pancakes are great at any time... I love the way the French do them... making a buckwheat "galette", filled with cheese, potato, egg, sausage etc, and then a sweet, wheat crêpe for dessert. In England "pancake day" is always on a Tuesday, in March, called Shrove Tuesday. My mother would always serve up massive amounts of pancakes then with sugar an lemon juice... yum!ReplyDelete
Hi Charles, buckwheat crapes are my favorite, but with all the moving process I run out of buckwheat flour. Re-stocking slowly on my usual kitchen supplies. Thanks for reminding me! :)Delete