Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Travel on Tuesday - France with Special Guests!

Last week, when the kids were deciding where to travel to after Kenya, they put 3 countries in a hat: Germany, Syria, and France, figuring we would have some real live representation from one of those countries with their grandparents, Grandma and Grandpa, visiting us for Christmas.  They pulled France out of the hat and that was just fine with me!  Grandma is a French teacher and since I don't speak a lick of French that made my job a little bit easier – well, let’s face it, a LOT easier. 

We were trying to put together a French menu that didn't include escargot (a little too complicated for a Tuesday) and aging fromage (Little A’s food allergies would have been screaming from the rooftops).  Grandma came up with the idea to make crepes and use up leftovers from our overstuffed refrigerator.  Perfect!  The kids had a full day traipsing around the museum downtown so the only thing I had them do was help assemble some of the food.  We explained the concept of bite-sized portions and since I already had my appetizer plates out from our recent party, they were just right for our “Sausage Smile with Carrot Eyes” and “Shrimp with French Fries”.

I dressed up the dining room table with some fake grapes, an Eiffel Tower knickknack I acquired at a silent auction many years ago, and a printout of the Mona Lisa sat nearby.  We explained that the Mona Lisa was painted by Leonardo Da Vinci, a renowned Italian artist, but it could arguably be the most famous painting in the world and it sits in the Louvre Museum in Paris.  Dinner was a pretty fancy affair tonight even though the preparation and cooking were easy.  We listened to Alouette and talked about how it translates to a song about plucking feathers from a bird, found France, and looked at pictures of the Alps, as well as other landmarks on the Wander our World iPad app.  Grandma said a prayer in French where I only picked up the words Sur la Table, and we clinked our glasses and wished everyone Bon Appetit!  I forgot to take a picture of the crepes, but the egg-less recipe I used worked out pretty well.  See the recipe below and try it for yourself!

Vegan Crepes
1 cup Rice Milk
2 cups cold water
1/2 cup soy-free Earth's Balance (melted)
2 tablespoons sugar
4 tablespoons agave nectar
2 cups flour
3/4 teaspoon salt

Mix in a bowl with a whisk and test one crepe for consistency in a non-stick pan.  (Add water as needed so batter spreads in pan when you swirl it)

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