Every first is a last.
Conversely, every last is a precursor to a first, proving life is a series of beginnings and endings. We’re constantly starting and stopping something whether we’re conscious of it or not.
We wake. We do. We sleep.
It’s everything that happens during the “we do” phase that’s really the new part of it all, and yet we put so much value in the transitory phases of where the action begins and ceases.
Another school year is unfolding, Isabella began 11th grade, and Virginia 6th this past week. I’ve never been one to obsess over first day photos. I mean this in no rude way. I’ve just always known my kids aren’t fans of taking them, and would rather record the moment of how they look going into school in my memory rather than through a lens.
So, instead of first day of school photos, I took first day of school crêpe photos. Making crêpes became a part of my back to school routine a few years ago. I never really planned it that way, it just kind of happened.
I could tell jitters were high this year. We had quite a few leftover. I’m not even sure Virginia ate one, though I saw faint smudges of nutella on the dish I set at her place on the table. Isabella hurriedly ate one before her new-to-me habit of putting on eye liner, and grapped one more from the tray as we walked out the door.
As we strolled along campus to their classrooms, I handed out lemon-sugar and strawberry jam filled crêpes. If Michael were there, he would’ve teased me about being an overachiever, but really the only achievement to be had was not crying until well after they’d be dropped off, and I was in the car driving home.
- For crêpe batter:
- 2 large eggs
- 1 2/3 cups 400 ml milk
- 1 1/4 - 1 1/2 cups 170 - 200 grams flour
- Few thick pinches of sea salt
- 4 tablespoons butter melted
- lemon wedges
- granulated sugar
- assorted jam jelly or nutella
- In a large bowl, beat eggs. Add milk and butter; whisk until well blended.
- Add 1 1/4 cups flour and salt; whisk until smooth,and there are no visible lumps of flour. Batter should lightly coat back of a spoon; if too thin, whisk in remaining 1/4 cup flour. Let sit 5 to 10 minutes to thicken slightly.
- Meanwhile, gather a dish and piece of foil.
- Heat a crêpe pan over medium until a few drops of water dance across the surface. Ladle batter into pan (a scant 1/4-cup full for an 8-inch pan), and swirl until it thinly coats pan all the way to the edges. Cook until golden underneath, then flip and cook until golden underneath again, 1–2 minutes per side.
- Serve hot, or place on a plate covered with foil to keep crêpes warm while you finish cooking all the batter. Serve with fillings of your choosing.