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<span style="font-size:large;"><span style="font-family:Arial;"><b>Nudge's Crepes</b></span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Arial;"><span style="font-size:large;">- AND -</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Arial;"><span style="font-size:large;"><b>Natalie's Hearty Crepe Filling</b></span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Symbol;"><span style="font-size:large;">·</span></span> <span style="font-size:large;"><span style="font-family:Arial;">2½ cups flour (2 cup white, ½ cup whole wheat is preferable)</span></span><br><span style="font-family:Symbol;"><span style="font-size:large;">·</span></span> <span style="font-size:large;"><span style="font-family:Arial;">4 eggs, beaten</span></span><br><span style="font-family:Symbol;"><span style="font-size:large;">·</span></span> <span style="font-size:large;"><span style="font-family:Arial;">½ cup butter, melted</span></span><br><span style="font-family:Symbol;"><span style="font-size:large;">·</span></span> <span style="font-size:large;"><span style="font-family:Arial;">2 tbsp. sugar</span></span><br><span style="font-family:Symbol;"><span style="font-size:large;">·</span></span> <span style="font-size:large;"><span style="font-family:Arial;">1 tbsp. vegetable oil</span></span><br><span style="font-family:Symbol;"><span style="font-size:large;">·</span></span> <span style="font-size:large;"><span style="font-family:Arial;">1½ cup milk</span></span><br><span style="font-family:Symbol;"><span style="font-size:large;">·</span></span> <span style="font-size:large;"><span style="font-family:Arial;">1½ cup flat beer, or one bottle left to go flat</span></span><br><span style="font-family:Symbol;"><span style="font-size:large;">·</span></span> <span style="font-size:large;"><span style="font-family:Arial;">4 tbsp. orange liquer (triple sec)</span></span><br><span style="font-family:Symbol;"><span style="font-size:large;">·</span></span> <span style="font-size:large;"><span style="font-family:Arial;">grated orange rind to taste</span></span><br><br><span style="font-size:large;"><span style="font-family:Arial;">Mix the butter, sugar, vegetable oil and milk together first, then add the eggs and flour, finally the beer, triple sec and orange. Blend together until smooth. Makes about 6 cups of batter, or 15 crepes.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Arial;"><span style="font-size:large;">Crepe making is an art, and my description of how to do it isn't going to be any more than a primer. You need a flat skillet, and you need to remember that thin is good. Spread the batter out and cook it over a medium - low heat. As the edges start to curl, encourage them with a fork. Flip and then you're nearly done. It's not like pancakes.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Arial;"><span style="font-size:large;">Now here's a filling:</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Symbol;"><span style="font-size:large;">·</span></span> <span style="font-size:large;"><span style="font-family:Arial;">1 19 oz. can of pineapple - drained. You will only need one cup of this, set the other aside for another use.</span></span><br><span style="font-family:Symbol;"><span style="font-size:large;">·</span></span> <span style="font-size:large;"><span style="font-family:Arial;">½ cup raisins</span></span><br><span style="font-family:Symbol;"><span style="font-size:large;">·</span></span> <span style="font-size:large;"><span style="font-family:Arial;">3 tbsps. maple syrup</span></span><br><span style="font-family:Symbol;"><span style="font-size:large;">·</span></span> <span style="font-size:large;"><span style="font-family:Arial;">2 cups cooked brown rice</span></span><br><span style="font-family:Symbol;"><span style="font-size:large;">·</span></span> <span style="font-size:large;"><span style="font-family:Arial;">½ cup chopped almonds</span></span><br><span style="font-family:Symbol;"><span style="font-size:large;">·</span></span> <span style="font-size:large;"><span style="font-family:Arial;">1 peeled orange, finely chopped</span></span><br><span style="font-family:Symbol;"><span style="font-size:large;">·</span></span> <span style="font-size:large;"><span style="font-family:Arial;">2 peeled bananas, finely chopped</span></span><br><span style="font-family:Symbol;"><span style="font-size:large;">·</span></span> <span style="font-size:large;"><span style="font-family:Arial;">more maple syrup if desired</span></span><br><span style="font-family:Symbol;"><span style="font-size:large;">·</span></span> <span style="font-size:large;"><span style="font-family:Arial;">whipped cream (1 cup heavy cream, 1 tsp. sugar, 1 tsp vanilla)</span></span><br><span style="font-family:Symbol;"><span style="font-size:large;">·</span></span> <span style="font-size:large;"><span style="font-family:Arial;">crushed berries if desired</span></span><br><br><span style="font-size:large;"><span style="font-family:Arial;">Microwave the raisins and 3 tbsps of maple syrup for 2 minutes or until the raisins are soft.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Arial;"><span style="font-size:large;">Stir together the remaining ingredients (excluding the whipped cream and berries). Set aside or refrigerate to blend flavours.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Arial;"><span style="font-size:large;">Whip the cream. Put it on the filling before rolling up the crepes to serve. Top all with crushed berries if desired.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Arial;"><span style="font-size:large;">There are literally thousands of types of fillings to put in crepes, this is but one of many that we serve.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Arial;"><span style="font-size:large;"><b>Food Memories:</b> Our friend Nudge (his nickname is based on the pronunciation of his Hungarian last name) is of Irish / Hungarian extraction. He's a man whose passion for life and passion for just about everything else is extraordinary. I met him in the fall of 1978 on my first day of University. He was a chaplain there and as I entered the chaplaincy office he and a bunch of students and grads were heading off for a beer and they invited me a long. An auspicious beginning to the friendship! In the years before my going to college the Campus Centre / Student Union had not been built yet, and the Chaplaincy Office was the place for young concerned, socially aware (hippy?) people to hang out. I fit in well I guess. Every Shrove Tuesday (Mardi Gras) Nudge would whip up a massive batch of these crepes to serve to all comers, and there were hordes of folks lining up for them. It was a bacchanal of pancakes, a glut of maple syrup... it was wunnerful.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Arial;"><span style="font-size:large;">Well, I graduated eventually, and Nudge is retired and married and moved away to New York State, but the recipe remains and is part of our Mardi Gras celebrations as a family.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Arial;"><span style="font-size:large;">Get creative with your fillings. We once whipped an orange loaf with whipped cream and a bit of triple sec left over from the crepes. Nobody ever guessed what that wonderful orange concoction was...</span></span>
 
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