Wednesday, February 3, 2010

La Chandeleur

Yesterday was February 2nd. In the United States this is Groundhog's Day. The infamous day when the little creature determines whether or not winter will last 6 more weeks depending on if he sees his shadow. I wonder who ever came up with this day or idea? In France February 2nd is Le Chandeleur. In a moment I will explain the traditions that go along with Le Chandeleur. My time in France taught me only one thing about this day - eat Crepes!! I think I would rather celebrate February 2nd a la Francais.

I suppose you could make the comparison of Le Chandeleur with April fool's day - very loosely of course. I would hate to offend any French. Le Chandeleur is a holiday that welcomes the first signs of spring. In France, it is traditionally celebrated with a variety of superstitious little tricks to bring happiness and prosperity upon your household while making and eating crepes. Mardi Gras is also fast approaching which is yet another opportunity to eat crepes. You can learn more about this holiday by checking out the Chocolate and Zucchini blog. There are many crepe recipes on this site as well.

Now I love crepes and use to visit crepe stands almost everyday in Paris. I will post pictures of my favorite crepe stand which my friends and I lovingly visited and chatted up the "Crepe man" I think he was instrumental in my French language progression. Anyway, please do not be intimidated by crepes. Although the batter makes quite a few for one or two people the little pancakes can be easier frozen with some wax paper between each layer. You can have crepes in a minute by simply taking one out and popping it into the microwave for a about 20 seconds. My favorite to this day is Nutella and banana. For a special treat add a bit of coconut flakes. Now that is one awesome desert. You can also put saute veggies and cheese inside for meal-type savory dish.

So although Le Chandeleur has passed go out and try making some crepes. They are delicious!

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