If it appears I’m cooking more than usual, it’s because…I am. Don’t know why exactly… Overly house-bound in truly deep-freeze weather? Trying to cheer up a Blue Johnny? Whatever the reason, I’m going with it while the inspiration moves me. Bonus One, children + husband = very pleased, ha, since I even made dessert last night, which I usually only do for dinner parties or holidays. (Scrooge Mommy? Perhaps a bit, but in the name of moderation, we have to trim somewhere… And since sweets aren’t “my thing,” the effort goes into dinner, which is. My thing. Bah humburger.) No fancy tortes, just my stepmom Susanna’s Apple Crapple (Apple Crisp), easy to assemble while Nathan and John grooved at the U2 3D movie (they loved it). Bonus Two, makes the house smell like heaven (Apple Crapple, not the U2 3D movie) and best of all – with its extra-generous crust – it’s pretty insanely delicious. And Bonus Three, uber-fab the next day. Nathan had a big ol’ scoop for brekkie, oh yeah, happiness.
I also baked bread (yesterday) and turned it into French Dip sandwiches for dinner – the last hurrah, and third tasty iteration, of the beef pot roast I braised on Saturday afternoon. I feel like such a Depression-Era Leftover Queen (Waste Not, Want Not!) with my hashand roast beef sandwiches. Not fancy, just rib-stickin’ cheap eats which happen to taste damn gooood. Happy, happy. Happy.
Tonight, I had a bag of frozen shrimps to turn into…something. Different. Grill ’em, stir fry ’em, toss ’em with pasta, toss ’em into a salad, meh, I wanted a new groove. Something Frenchy, perhaps. Under puff pastry? Just did meat pies last week. Soup? Just did the clam version the week before. Think think think. Ooh, I know, crepes! I forget about crepes! I’ll Pimp my Shrimps with crepes! Easy peasy, totally scrumptious, I whipped up a batch, and a quick, creamy sauce (not terribly rich, actually), folded the shrimps into the sauce, spooned the sauce into (and onto) the crepes, ran ’em under the broiler, et voila.Browned, crusty, shrimpyFondue de Crustaces en Crepes (a la Julia Child, by the way; once again, thank you Julia…recipe posted in comments, below). Serve with a simple, crisp salad and you’ve got dinner (or a pretty, special luncheon).
Tomorrow – no balmy walk like I scored this morning. Back into the deep freeze we go, sigh. Man, it felt nothing short of amazing to be strolling bare-headed, without windpants, without huge mittens, and best of all, without a wet, soggy scarf over my face (ugh). Well, perhaps more inspired eats to cheer my about-to-be-chilly-again soul. Hey, lunch with my stepmom Susanna at Luci Ancora will be a great start! (Props for the ongoing celebration of my 41st year, yes!) Stay tuned…
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