Last month, the BBC Horizon pressed the case for intermittent fasting, a 5:2 regimen in which two 600 calorie days are inserted into an otherwise normal week. The host claims that he lost weight and improved his blood chemistry (glucose, cholesterol, and IGF-1) in 5 weeks. I’ve been following the recommendation for two weeks now, setting food aside on Monday and Thursdays: it’s not too difficult if I’m busy and there doesn’t seem to be a rebound to overeat other days. We’ll see…
I still watch the occasional cooking show (just not on Monday or Thursday), following BBC’s Masterchef in it’s latest rounds. The Skills Tests have been particularly good: John Torode cooks a basic dish then sets the contestants loose to try to duplicate it. They look dead easy, and the Crepes Suzette, in particular, sucked me in.
He stirred up a basic batter of flour, milk, egg, and butter, thin and runny compared to pancakes. Grated orange and lemon mixed with a syrup of butter, sugar, and orange juice formed the sauce. A bit of brandy to flame on top, and it was done in 10 minutes.
I whipped up the batter and put the sauce on to simmer: it filled the ten minutes allotted, but that was fine. I got my olive oil simmering and spooned in a few tablespoons of batter. It hissed and mounded: a 1” by 4” pancake. Dump it out, try again: cooler oil, faster spooning, and a lot of turning to cat the bottom of the pan quickly, a bit like making an omelet. With a couple more, I had a nice thin layer that cooked to a lovely brown.
Turning it over was another matter. A fork tore the crepe; tongs folded it over. I experimented with flipping and found that it was easier than it looked: lateral motion along with a deft scoop lofted the crepe enough to catch it, turned, as it fell back.
But it was a credible effort and tasted really good. Another try and I’ll add it to my repetoire alongside the chocolate fondant. A crepe pan, coating the bottom, might make a difference, and a chocolate topping with powdered sugar, preferred in Poland (Naleśniki), makes a nice alternative.
The difference is that they serve it for breakfast. Preferably not on Monday and Thursday.