I just had Aileen and Brian (seen here as the Grabill family) over for crepes. Yesterday was her birthday (Happy 29th Birthday!!!) and though she had a fabulous crab and lobster dinner last night made by her fabulous husband, she was willing to have another birthday dinner here at my house.
She gave me a crepe pan for Christmas, so of course, I made crepes. I made savory crepe batter with fresh tarragon and several savory fillings: chicken poached in white wine and Herbs de Provence, mushrooms sautéed with shallots, spinach, and Gruyère cheese sauce (made a white sauce from a roux and it turned out the way it's supposed to! Yay!). Aileen helped me make the actual crepes. (She's got a nack for that.) They were delicious!
We also watched Finding Neverland, which is a lovely movie I had never managed to see until today. Johnny Depp did a wonderful job. The rest of the film was wonderfully cast as well. I also loved the integration of the imagined and the real. I highly recommend it! Be prepared to shed a few tears at the end though.
Halfway through the movie, we paused it to make dessert...
You guessed it, crepes (yep, again) only this time, with a sweet crepe batter and the following fillings: Nutella, sauteed pears with ginger, clotted cream, fresh blackberries, and an easy chocolate sauce (chocolate chips melted and the a little milk added gradually). Yum yum yum! Words fail to describe how heavenly they were. I'd be hard pressed to pick which were my favorite fillings.
Sorry, we forgot to forgot to take photos. Too busy eating, I think.
Tell you what, next time, you come over, I'll make crepes for you, OK?
Aside: We also saw an ad for a movie with the almost-as-yummy-as-Nutella-crepes Gerard Butler. You'd recognize him from 300 or Laura Croft: Tomb Raider. The film, Dear Frankie, actually looks pretty good (not just because of the eye candy, he's speaking in his natural Scottish accent! I'm not shallow, I'm just easily distracted. ;)
A few more details added the next morning after I read my sister's excellent description on her (members-only) blog.