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While at Renn Fayre this past weekend I had the opportunity to eat some of the crépes that the French department makes as a fundraiser.  They have a nice operation with tasty filling choices and fancy crépe makers.  I hadn’t made crépes myself in about 2 years, but I was inspired to make some for […]

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Zarah Maria - Oh-la-la, crepes! Just out of curiosity – would that be havarti with spinach and dill in it, or just plain havarti topped with spinach and dill? We only have the regular non-equipped kind here, do you get combos in the US?

gemma - Hi Zarah. It was made with Havarti-Dill cheese (all in one) topped with fresh spinach. No Havarti Dill cheese! What a shame. It is one of my favorites.

Nic - How unusual to have beer in crepe batter, particularly with the banana crepe, as I can see how it would work well with the savories. Nutella and bananas is my favorite crepe combo, personally. Yum!

gemma - Yep, I guess the beer wasn’t ideally suited for the sweet crépe (it was a last minute craving), but actually the batter didn’t taste too beer-y. I would never throw in a can of MGD (let alone have it in the house!), but this heartier bock gave the batter a nice complexity. A stout would work lovely as well. I think these kinds of beers can add a level to the taste that could be comparable to chocolate perhaps. I might be crazy though.
I still do like, and would most likely opt for, a more traditional (e.g. no beer) batter recipe if I were making primarily sweet crépes.
Mmm. . . Nutella.

Renn Fayre/Portland

(More pictures coming soon.) John and I returned from Oregon last night. It was refreshing to see so many people I have missed this past year, to revel in the general mayhem of Reed and Renn Fayre, and to smell the crisp mildewy Portland air whilst adoring unbelievably green foliage. In order to ensure this […]

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Evan Petrie - Hey Gemma, it sounds like Renn Fayre was a really good time. I am glad that you were able to go back for it and that you had a good time. I wish I could have joined you, but I suppose that I can at least enjoy the idea of Renn Fayre that I have in my head that is just crazy and awesome.
I just found out that I was accepted for both of the media head positions that I applied for in the coming year. This means that I will be in charge of both the Grinnell Review (our literary and art magazine) and the Cyclone (our photo/yearbook). I am super excited about both. Although I think I am going to have to take three classes instead of four in order to keep up with things. Also, the student cookbook that I have been working on this semester is going to be printed this coming weekend! I will hold onto a copy for you if you would like.
Take care!
Lots of love,

gemma - Hi Evan,
Renn Fayre was fun. I wish you could have been there. Maybe next year if I go, but I bet your finals will conflict again. .
Congratulations on your positions! That is fantastic. I know you will do a great job with them. I think it might be very wise to tone down your class load though.
I would very much love a copy of the cookbook. Thanks Evan!
I can’t wait to see you. All my love!

tamara - hey gemma,
wanted to thank you for the shout-out. i’m really touched. i’m glad you posted some pictures and accounts of renn fayre. that one of denvy is classic drunken dan. i’m impressed they got aesop rock, and i’m glad the black peppercorns got to play again.
i’ll be moving back to portland in early august, i really hope you can visit.

nancy - Now I know everything. I’m glad you were able to go and enjoy Renn Faire again.
Should I be concerned about anything??
Love, mom

gemma - Hi Tamara, I’m glad you saw the post. Here are a few more pictures I put up on a different site, but that I thought would be too off-topic for this one:
Oh! I would love to visit, I don’t know where they money would come from though. It would be so nice to see you though. . .
Hi Mom, no need to worry, I was one of the more responsible ones there if you can believe it.

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