Easy Crepes

Crepes are a delicious and fun way to eat a snack, meal, or dessert. I remember I had my first authentic crepe in Paris with buckwheat and an egg in the middle. I’ve tasted two types of crepes which were European or Japanese. I personally prefer the crispiness and texture of Japanese crepes while Chai prefers the European style crepes (maybe because he grew up in Europe?) One of the wonderful things about crepes is that they’re so versatile that they can either be savory or sweet! Chai always gets a sweet crepe while I always pick a savory crepe. You can make both or either one with this easy crepe recipe as your foundation below! 😊

Yield: 10 crepes
Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • 2 cups flour

Instructions

  1. In an electric mixer, mix eggs, sugar, sea salt, and milk until well combined. Slowly add flour while mixing. As an alternative, you can use a vitamix and blend until all the ingredients are well combined.
  2. Spray the bottom of a frying pan with oil over medium-high heat. Using a large ladle, pour the batter into the middle of the pan and swirl the pan around so the crepe gets spread out evenly.
  3. Once the crepe starts bubbling and 75% of the crepe turns into a golden color, use a spatula to flip the crepe over and let it cook on the other side for approximately 30 seconds to a minute or until it turns golden brown.
  4. Remove from heat and repeat the process until batter is used. Serve crepes with sweet or savory toppings.

British Baked Beans

One of my favorite foods from Britain is baked beans. I love to eat it when it’s available when I’m eating breakfast throughout Europe. I particularly enjoyed it every morning at our hotel breakfast buffet during one of my honeymoons in Santorini, Greece. I like how it’s not too sweet compared to the American version and that it’s a healthy way to add a serving of your legumes. Navy beans are particularly full of fiber, vitamin B and minerals! I’ve never toured Britain but have stayed at the airport during the infamous time American Airline pilots were on strike about 5 years ago. That’s when I discovered one of my favorite tea brands “Fortnum & Mason.” I would love to visit one day and explore the many food options they have available there!

These beans can be used as part of a full English breakfast, simply on toasted bread, or by themselves!

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Yield: 5 servings
Time: 1 hour 40 minutes + overnight for beans to soak

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dried navy beans, rinsed
  • 1 TBSP sea salt
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • ½ large carrot, chopped
  • ½ large sweet onion, chopped
  • ½ celery, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 ½ cup freshly made tomato sauce or store-bought tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 TBSP ketchup

Instructions

  1. Place the beans in a large bowl and cover with enough water that there is at least 2 inches of water above the beans. Let the beans soak overnight.
  2. Drain and rinse the beans. Add 3 cups of water to a large pot on high heat until boiling. Then reduce heat to low. Add the beans and cover the pot. Allow the beans to simmer for 45 minutes and stir occasionally.
  3. Add sea salt to the pot and cook for 15 more minutes.
  4. While the beans are cooking, spread olive oil on a large frying pan on medium heat.
  5. Add the carrots, onion, celery, garlic and cook for 5 minutes or until onions are translucent. Add the tomato sauce, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and ketchup to the pan. Lower the heat to low. Stir and combine well.
  6. Allow the sauce to simmer for 15 minutes and season with salt if needed.
  7. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 320°F with racks in the middle.
  8. Drain the cooked beans, add the sauce and combine well. Transfer to a glass pan and bake in the oven for 15 minutes uncovered.

Jam filled Cookies

I let myself indulge in these Jam filled Cookies this summer. This type of cookies is a favorite anywhere you go whether it’s the US, Europe or Asia! I see them often in supermarkets and freshly made in bakeries. This was my first time making them and was happy to see that they’re easy to make and simply yummy! Chai said that the cookies remind him of Danish cookies that are enjoyed by Europeans especially around the Christmas season. My mother took about ¾ of all the cookies and shared them with her friends. I wish she left a little more cookies for us to enjoy but I’m happy that more people get to enjoy the food I made. I think that’s the beautiful part about food and cooking!

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Yield: about 15 cookies
Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients
½ cup softened butter
½ brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg
1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup of your favorite jam*

*Notes
I used a French berry jam.


Directions
1) Preheat oven to 350°F with racks placed in the middle of the oven and line baking tray with parchment paper.
2) Use an electric beater to whisk butter, sugar, and vanilla extract until creamy. Add egg and whisk until combined. Slowly stir in flour until well combined.
3) Form a large TBSP of dough into balls and place on to the tray. Flatten the cookies slightly with fingers pressed together until the cookies have an even surface. You don’t want to flatten the cookies too much so that they’re too thin. You can also use cookie cutters to make fun shaped cookies!
4) Use the back of a ½ tsp spoon to create indents in the center of the cookie. Put ½ tsp of jam into the center of the indents of each cookie.
5) Bake in oven for 15 minutes or until the cookies are a light golden color. Let the cookies cool and enjoy!