Recreating memories from Sanfrancisco – crapes

Couple months back we visited Sanfrancisco and enjoyed various street foods available on Piers. One of my absolute favorite was crapes. I could not get enough of them.

I have been trying to find the ready to make crapes for a while and not able to get..finally decided to try on my own. To be frank I was nervous as I knew I cannot make it as thin as the experts do. My version turned out OK and I was able to cherish and reminded me of my memories from SFO trip.

Warm chocolate has been my weakness. So I created Nutella and chocolate chips crapes.

Ingredients-

1 cup all purpose flour
1 tbsp butter
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup water
2 eggs

Stuffing –
Nutella or chocolate chips
Banana/ Strawberry/ blueberry
Powdered sugar

In a bowl mix all the crape ingredients and until it blends into a smooth batter. Take a round skillet with little edge on the side. Pour a ladle full of batter when hot and flip around to allow the batter to flow to make it as thin as possible. It really cooks fast. Flip over after a min and let it for another 30 seconds and put it aside on a plate. Continue to make the rest of them in the same fashion.

When your crapes are all made, on the same plan take one crape at a time and drop chocolate chip on a semi circle and add chopped banana/ strawberries and fold over and fold over again to make it look like a triangle. Sprinkle powdered sugar and serve hot.

I made variations. I added Nutella as well instead of chocolate chips. I also made savory version with my tomato chutney. They were all yum and delicious!

I was glad I was able to recreate my favorite dish and reproduce memories from SFO. Give it a try!!!

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Half Marathon Experience

For a year now, a good friend of mine introduced me and trained me to do Half Marathon’s. I must admit it is addictive. I had sleepless nights thinking what would happen if I cannot finish and chased myself to train. I was novice when it came to daily cardio or exercise routine, I had started to feel lethargic as well. The cardio routine not only helped me tone but also brought in awareness to many different things that I was ignorant of. My diet, healthy options of grains and nutrient facts and list goes on.

I have been inspired since then. My recommendation is anyone can plan to do this with a proper planning. I planned 12 weeks ahead the first time around. This helped me build my stamina slow and steady. Consistency was key and patience was needed. Plan usually depends on our health conditions and pace. I started based on my doctor’s recommendation. It is important to understand your body needs especially when it comes to running. You want to know if you can sustain running or you are just a fast walker or you are combination.

The next thing is I learnt was to understand the need for proper nutrition. My nutritionist did add more proteins to my diet. The previous night before any long distance practice, I ate good amount of carbs to keep me going the next day. I also started with vitamins which helped me as I am a vegetarian.

Other than this, during the run I always carried my water and coconut water, sports jelly beans, my phone which would track my pace and plan. Most importantly I had one of my best friend who gave me company on my long runs. The weekdays were challenging as we had to do this on our own in the beginning. The plan usually builds starting at 15 mins twice a week and then doing a 40 mins on our first weekend. Every week we increase 5 mins more on week day and double our weekday practice minutes for weekend.

For example

The plan increases mins across every week for 12 weeks. The longest practice we did was for 145 mins. The week before marathon we do 60 mins to rest and prepare the body for the final day.

There are many websites who share the plan for beginners and for anyone planning to start, that is a good read. I am no expert yet and just sharing my experience here.

There are quite a lot of articles published on marathon and I think it is always better to understand what is expected before starting. My learning was during the practice, but every time me and my friend got better. We have now completed 3 half marathons and planning to do atleast 2 every year. Every marathon we have increased our pace to completion and trying to do better. It is a challenge. I could have never done it with out my friend.

I am glad I signed up for this. It has motivated me to do better and I also feel much stronger mentally, emotionally and physically. I still have to work on my patience 😉

Hope I inspired few 🙂

Home made Hot Chocolate for a cold evening

Suddenly temps have fallen down this week. Last week was upper 80-90 F. With a good Sunday afternoon nap and not wanting to wake up, the thought of hot chocolate from Max Brunner tempted me. My cousin in Boston got me introduced to Max Brunner. Gosh the dark hot chocolate is to die for 😉

I have been wanting to try this at home and have been trying to look for good quality chocolate to replicate something close to what I drank in Max.

Well I had gieradelli semi sweet chocolate chips and wanted to give it a try. It was delicious and creamy. My little princess helped along and added little more sweetness that was needed 😉

Ingredients-
3 cups milk 1% milk
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup or more semi sweet chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla essence

In a pot bring milk and cream to boil and stir in chocolate chips and whisk slowly to melt the chocolate. Add vanilla essence and mix. Pour into your mug and enjoy with a cake or just as is.

You can make this richer with whole milk or 2% if you would like. I try to cut calories where I can.

Also try this with milk chocolate or darker chocolate for variations you like.

This was delicious and creamy. Yum ho!

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