Sunday, August 10, 2008

Mamma Mia!

The neighborhood Ladies Night Out to see the film Mamma Mia was a success. Sure, the movie is, like many musicals, a fairy tale with an flimsy story line. Total escape/enjoyment is the whole point. In fact, Mamma Mia was flimsier than most. Our local theatre isn't as fancy as some that have tiered seating and other amenities; however, the $7 adult admission is a draw and one of the benefits of living in a smaller town. Meryl Streep was excellent in the lead role, as she always is. (Meryl, if you are reading my blog, which I'm sure is quite likely, please know that you are a role model for us women over 50.) On the other hand, being witness to Pierce Brosnan singing in a musical was downright weird, if not a bit surreal. Don't get me wrong: I'm a big fan of Pierce but he is not a vocalist and should probably stick to roles like Remington Steele and James Bond. (Please don't say anything to him, Meryl.) The rest of the males weren't terrific either although I am fond of Colin Firth from seeing him in his role as Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice. The women carried the film off. (Thank you again, Meryl and that darling, dimpled Amanda Seyfried.) The movie track is now on my iPod thanks to iTunes. Wheeee! New music for my walks. After the film the five ladies went to local sports bar and grill for food and drink. (When I go to a restaurant in Illinois I celebrate that our state has finally gone smoke-free. Cheers to Governor B for the one thing he has done right.)

A few weeks ago when we visited Son #2 in Kansas City we ate breakfast in a restaurant called First Watch. We've also eaten in a First Watch in the St. Louis area so I assumed they are a small chain. (Yes, web site confirms this...there are more than I thought.) Son #2's girlfriend recommended the Fresh Fruit Crepes which were delicious and healthful. My husband eyes light up when I lean over and whisper, "I can make these at home." Since then I've made them about 4 times, including today's Sunday lunch. They are so easy it's practically ridiculous. My blender crepe recipe is about 20 years old (the card is duly stained and bears badges of honor) and I have no idea where it came from originally.

Blend until just mixed:

  • 1 cup flour

  • 4 eggs

  • 1 cup milk

  • 1/2 tsp salt

Melt 1 T butter in a crepe pan or skillet and pour butter into blender and give it another whirl. Let batter stand for 30 min if you have time. If not, just go ahead and start cooking!

Between crepes add a bit of butter to the pan. I use REAL butter but of course you can do what you like.

Slide crepe to a plate and fill with fruit (not too much or you can't close it). Today I filled with sliced banana, strawberries, and whole juicy blackberries. Fold in sides of crepe, turn over so seam is on the bottom, and top with stawberry-banana yogurt, or fruit yogurt of your choice.
A little tip for making crepes is note to overcook them. They should not be brown (like the one in the photo that I overcooked because I was fiddling with my camera.) Pour the batter to barely cover the bottom of the pan and cook over medium heat. When the crepe looks firm flip it over and cook on the second side for a very short time, about 15-30 seconds. If they are overcooked they will still taste fine but will crack when you fold them and may be a little tough. (I am not an expert, this is just my experience and the way we like them.)
My recipe easily makes enough to serve 4 crepe lovers.



KPiep said...

You should check out the soundtrack for the original Broadway production of Mamma Mia. It's about a million times better, and has been a favorite of mine since it was released. (I have an unnatural love of all things Abba for someone my age.)

I saw the movie on opening weekend, and loved it. (Brosnan was cringeworthy, though.) My only real complaint - glorious though she truly is - is that Streep is 10-20 years too old to be playing the role of Donna. But then, the whole movie had a few issues with the timeline....

Paula said...

I agree that they definitely took some liberties with the timeline. I will check out the Broadway soundtrack. Thanks!

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