Crepes for Crepe Day

Chocolate Crepes

I find sugar-encrusted crepes to be so heavenly, I’d tape them to my body and pluck them off as snacks throughout the day if it wasn’t too indecent a notion. This is why February second may just be my favorite day in France: It’s Candlemas, La Chandeleur, a celebration for the devout of the presentation of Jesus at the temple.

The French have a knack for turning any occasion into a reason to eat, so for Christians and non-Christians alike, today is also “Crepe Day,” when egg cracking, feverish whisking, and a round of luck-determining crepe gymnastics are the activities du jour. A coin held in their writing hand, hopefuls must use their other hand to flip a crepe into the air from the pan. If the crepe lands back in the pan, good luck follows. If it falls to the floor, the dog is the fortunate one.

My dear friend Roland, who hails from the Dordogne region of France, once told me that his grandmother would make him take a crepe to the chicken coop on La Chandeleur to encourage the Egg Gods to be generous. “You know, the chickens only ate half the crepe,” he said. I leaned in, eager to unravel the uncommon willpower of these French fowl. “Why?” I asked. “Because I ate the other half on the way to the chicken coop,” he laughed.

I love the French. And their crepes.—Kimberley Lovato

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  1. We love crepes and I haven’t made them in a while. Guess it’s time. Our favorites are savory ham or turkey and cheese and sweet apple or strawberry. We like ours rolled.

    1. I agree, Adri! Crepes are such a wonderful little treat, and so easy.

  2. I love both savory and sweet crêpes: I love to make an Italian dish called Stracci in which crêpes are rolled with a ricotta cheese filling, topped with tomato sauce and cheese and then baked in the oven. I also love to make a mushroom, golden fried potato and cheese filling for crepes, rolling them up into plump little earthy bundles, topped with a creamy sauce and baked with cheese. For sweet crêpes I love filling with nutella, folding them, and then pan frying with a bit of butter and grand marnier and frangelico for a bit of a sauce. Most recently, though, I’ve fallen in love with buckwheat crêpes filled with ham, cheese and fresh spinach and then folded.

  3. I loved the story of the chickens and La Chandeleur. I also love crepes, particularly filled with raspberries and sweet cheese. But now I see that I may have to share them with my backyard chickens as it’s always good to keep the Egg Gods happy. Thanks for the inspiration Kimberley!

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