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Culture File - France, Lesson 20 - Cozy Up With Crêpes On Those Chilly French Nights!
Hello, and welcome to the Culture File: France series at FrenchPod101.com. In this series, we’re exploring essential cultural information about France, French culture, and French people. In this lesson, we’re going to learn about French crêpes. I’m Becky, and you're listening to Season 1, Lesson 20 - Cozy Up With Crêpes On Those Chilly French Nights!
Have you ever had homemade crepes, or in French crêpes? They’re easy to do, and supremely delicious. In short, they’re total happiness!
When French people plan a gathering at their homes, one thing they like to do is to have a crepe party. Even though making the batter is fairly simple, it can sometimes take a couple of hours just to make sure you have enough for everyone. After that comes the easiest part. You can put on some music and sit down with good friends around the huge plate, or assiette, of crepes. Everyone can choose their own filling- ham, cheese, jam, Nutella, plain sugar, or anything else you like! The number one filling for French people is Nutella. In France, if you don’t have Nutella, you can’t say it’s a crepe party.
A typical French drink that goes well with crepes is cider, which in French is pronounced cidre, but any other drink is fine as well. During winter some people enjoy their crepes with hot chocolate, or chocolat chaud. Once the crepes are ready, everyone can help themselves at their leisure, as if it was a sandwich; you can even throw in a movie or play a board game, in French called jeu de société.
To make these famous crepes, you just need to make the batter, pour a little bit in a pan, or poêle, for each crepe, and cook it on both sides. If you have the talent, you can try flipping it over by tossing it in the air! But even the best cooks don’t manage to do that every time, sometimes ending up with a big mess.
Good crepe batter recipes, or recettes, can be found all over the Internet! Though crepes really aren’t all that difficult to make, try one to really impress your friends, especially the ones who aren’t good at cooking. The best things in life are often the simplest!
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