February 19, 2011

Valentine's Day and Crepes

Scott and I have now been together for 3 Valentine's Days.  The first one, we became engaged.  The second one, he was deployed.  I refer to that part of my life as the "season of unemployment and deployment".  I had some lovely friends to celebrate with, but still...not ideal.  This year, I had to work.  I told myself that was the blessing though.  Instead of "deployed and unemployed", he's here and I had my own classroom to spend the day in. 

I don't really understand why a holiday like this would be created to commemorate someone's death.  But, regardless, if Valentine's Day means being nice to your significant other, then I hope every day is like Valentine's Day to you.  I think it makes us feel obligated to buy a present or put on a show.  Scott wanted to buy me something.  I needed a new hairdryer because mine was out of commission (Ode to a Hairdryer will be a forthcoming post).  I got a hairdryer.  It's red, in honor of Valentine's Day.

Scott also cooked me dinner.  For dessert, he made crepes.  I ate four.

Crepes with Strawberry Sauce

1 cup of flour
2 eggs
1/2  cup milk
1/2 cup water
1/4 t. salt
2 T. melted butter

In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour and eggs.  Slowly add the milk and water, stirring to combine.  Stir in the salt and butter and mix until smooth.
Lightly oil an omelet pan and heat to medium-high.  Pour approximately 1/4 of a cup of batter into the pan.  Tilt in a circular motion so the batter coats the bottom of the pan evenly.  
Cook for about 2 minutes.  Flip with a spatula and cook the other side for 1-2 minutes.  Serve warm with strawberry sauce.

Fresh strawberries

In the food processor, puree the strawberries.  Add some sugar to taste.  You get a sauce that looks like the one below.  Pour into a serving dish and warm in the microwave before drizzling over crepes.

This is what Scott said he did to make the strawberry sauce.  Here is another strawberry sauce recipe from Our Best Bites in which you would cook the strawberries first.  Both recipes are incredibly simple.  (*It's important to note that I have not tried the Our Best Bites recipe because I live in Alaska and strawberries purchased at the grocery store must be worth their weight in gold because that's what they charge for them.  We don't do a whole lot of fresh- strawberry-anything these days.  When I make this again, I will probably use frozen.)

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