The stress of foreign travel with picky eaters can make your stomach feel like it's tied in knots. So, before departing on your next vacation to France, Quebec or any Francophone destination, I suggest that you introduce some foods of the region to your children.
"Introducing Kids To Foreign Foods" has tips on foreign dishes that kids love, as well as some healthy recipechfor picky eaters that are easy to cook together.
If you're heading to France, here's a popular recipe from AllRecipes.com for basic crepes, a staple of French fast food cuisine that you'll find at both street stalls and elegant, sit-down Creperies. Your meal will be ready in less than a half hour and you'll have 8 delicious crepes.
To serve in a variety of ways, you can spread crepes with butter and powdered sugar, some jam, Nutella or finely chopped fruit at breakfast. For a healthy and light supper, fill them with chopped meat or chicken and vegetables that have been drained of excess sauce. Bon appetit!
Ingredients for Basic French Crepes
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter, melted
Preparation & Cooking Directions for French Crepes
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour and the eggs. Gradually add in the milk and water, stirring to combine. Add the salt and butter; beat until smooth. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each crepe. Tilt the pan with a circular motion so that the batter coats the surface evenly. (A small, no-stick fry pan will be easier for kids to handle but you'll have to use half the suggested batter to keep crepes light.)
Cook the crepe for about 2 minutes, until the bottom is light brown. Loosen with a spatula, turn and cook the other side. Soon, the kids will be able to flip crepes in the air, but maybe that should wait till after you've seen the pro chefs do it in Paris. Serve hot.
From France, Crepes Recipe by: JennyC819; Photo by: Mallinda courtesy of AllRecipes.com
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