Is it cold enough for you?
Is it windy enough for you?
Is there enough snow for you?
Of course we've had enough snow! There have been stay-at-home days, highway closures, power outages and serious shovel sessions this month - enough to test hardiness and patience. The snowbanks in the village could fill a photographer's portfolio with convincing alpine views.
When you ask my Acadian neighbour the typical question about having enough snow, her response comes as a surprise.
"There's enough snow for crepes!"she says in French.
At first I think she's using a quaint saying that is untranslatable, an expression that only those born into the culture can truly understand.
Not until I actually see her heading outdoors, measuring cup in hand, do I realize that snow is a key ingredient in Acadian pancakes. This page from "A Taste of Acadie" cookbook explains the practical use of fresh snow in a crepe recipe.
|Recipe from "A Taste of Acadie" by Marielle Cormier-Boudreau and Melvin Gallant|
The English are fond of saying, "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade." I've decided to adopt the Acadian proverbial phrase, "When enough snow falls, make crepes."
|Snow crepes topped with apples and cinnamon|