I’ve been experimenting with making crepes for the past couple months and I now have created my favourite version.
Hope you enjoy them too.
Here’s what you need:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
1 1/2 cups 2% milk
4 large eggs
1 tablespoon of avocado oil (OR 3 table spoons of melted butter)
Blend everything in a blender (if you are using melted butter, add the eggs last or the eggs will begin to cook with the hot butter).
Purée until smooth, bubbles should form at the top. Shouldn’t take more than a minute. Let the batter sit for a bit, just to get rid of the bubbles (15 mins)
Heat a non-stick pan on medium high. Make sure it is hot before pouring the batter. Add batter to the pan. Cover about the half the pan while pouring and pick up pan and rotate to spread the batter across the pan.
After 2-3 minutes, when the underside of the crepe is golden brown, loosen the edge with a thin spatula. Then carefully flip it over (you can use your fingers). Cook one more minute.
Slide you’re crepe off the pan and add your toppings while warm. You can also pile them up with parchment paper in between and freeze them for a nice treat later.
You can also save the batter in the fridge for up to one day. in an airtight container.
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A lot has happened since my last post. While studying in England, I got pretty busy. I wasn’t really able to write much on this blog. Most of my time writing was focused on revisions of a short film I wrote, The Resurrectionist, inspired by a documentary I produced several years ago, The London Burkers.
The rest of my semester abroad was incredible. I was able to get up to Scotland a couple times and saw so many shows. London (and the UK) is probably my favorite place on Earth.
After my trip, I went back to Capilano University and finished my degree! A Bachelors of Motion Picture Arts. Guys! I’m a graduate! Finally! (It only took 9 years after High School) Goes to show its not a race, as long as you find what you love, it’s all worth it.
In my last year, I produced a couple of commercials and helped create a branded media business.
Now it’s the summer. I have found myself working on a tv show in town, however, not very regularly. Still searching for the next big adventure.
I am also currently working on two stories (one a script, one a novel), so please expect some posts about my research and writing about these.
It’s my goal to write much more often both within this blog and towards these stories.
Last weekend, I made my way to Edinburgh. This was my first true travel weekend while abroad, rather than just my day trips to London. My new friend Bethany (you can follow her here), hailing from Vancouver Island, and I left on Friday evening via train. Down to Kings Cross then up to Edinburgh. Unfortunately, I don’t have too many pictures of our Saturday adventures, the rain was just too much.
We arrived late in the evening at High Street Hostel and it was straight to bed. High Street Hostel has an interesting history actually, as does Edinburgh.
High Street Hostel operates inside a historical 470 year old building formally known as Morton House. The resident, Earl of Morton, was beheaded in 1581, a consequence of his involvement in the murder of Mary Queen of Scots’ husband.
Unfortunately, Bethany and I were placed in different dorms, though staying in a room with 9 other strangers was an adventure in itself.
We had an early start on the drizzly, and not very camera friendly, Saturday morning and were the first people into Holyrood Palace; official residence of the British Monarch and the main home of the Queens and Kings of Scots. The main attraction here is the 16th-century apartments of Mary, Queen of Scots, but I very much enjoy the ruins of Holyrood Abbey.
These stairs were intense!
Photo by Bethany
Holyrood Abbey Ruins. Photo by Bethany
Holyrood Palace. Photo by Bethany
*Tip: Audio tours are awesome, but not so much if you have to hold them up to your ear like a phone. Bring a pair of earbuds, most audio tours will have an audio jack.
We made our way up the Royal Mile to Edinburgh Castle. I would definitely suggest buying tickets for the castle online rather than wait in line. Even on this rainy day in the offseason, the line took around 40 minutes.
Edinburgh Castle. Photo by Bethany
Looking over Old Town. Photo by Bethany
After the castle, we had a very late lunch at Decon Brodies Tavern. This tavern honours the man who was the inspiration for the story of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
Our tavern is named after William Brodie, one of the inspirations for Robert Louis Stevenson’s Jekyll and Hyde. Born in 1741 Brodie was a deacon of the Guild of Wrights. By day, he was a respectable citizen, a member of the town council but by night, he consorted with lowlife; gambling and drinking. His dark side meant he had to take to burglary to pay his gambling debts, leading to his hanging in 1788.
Unfortunately, the wait was long, but the amazing fish and chips were worth it.
We spent the rest of our daylight hours walking, shopping and exploring Edinburgh Old Town.
At night we decided to do an Auld Reekie, Vaults and Graveyard Tour. We were taken to Greyfriars Kirkyard, a graveyard with a very dark history. There is far too much history to go into depth about here but I’ll give you a short form. Graveyards are rarely seen as haunted as this is the place where souls are meant to move on and leave this earth, however, this land was originally a prison camp. Thousands of people were held here in very horrible conditions and most died. Those who survived were executed, dismembered and sent across the country to send a message. Eventually, most parts were sent back to be buried on the land. We were told that the land used to be a valley, but we were definitely standing on a pretty big hill. On top of that, the man responsible for the prisoner camp was buried in a mausoleum on the land as well.
On a bit of a lighter note. JK Rowling began the Harry Potter series while living in Edinburgh. She often walked this graveyard, taking inspiration from the names on the decrepit tombstones. You can find the name McGonagall and the tomb of a Thomas Riddell.
We then ventured into the vaults under the city. A bridge was built into the city, but it’s surrounded by shops making it quite hidden. Below these shops, in the bridge, vaults were built with the intention of being storage spaces for the shops above. The vaults leaked and became too wet to store anything to the poor moved in. These pitch black vaults was a community of crime. Absolutely horrible things would happen underground. Now, all the vaults are privately own by tours or pubs. One of the vaults was actually once rented out to a Wiccan group, but they moved out after too many incidents leaving everything behind.
On that note, it was straight to bed in those wonderful dorms full of the ambient sounds and musk of strangers.
Sunday morning was beautiful. Having to catch our train back at noon, we spent the morning doing some last minute shopping and taking some photos.
And the train ride home was beautiful.
*Just realised that I’ve almost written an 800-word essay. Thinking about starting to write these posts in parts. What do you think? Is this too long?
On Sunday, I went on another adventure around London. This time I had some company, Melissa and Sam. They hadn’t been to London before, so I gave them the grand tour. We ended up walking a total of 10 miles.
I captured some photos along the way. Please enjoy!
On Friday, I went down to London on my own. I didn’t have a plan, had no idea where I would end up, I just went. A few years ago, I did live in London for just over a month, so keep in mind that I do have a general idea of how London is laid out and where all the big spots are.
I slept in. I meant to leave by 9:30 but I awoke by 11:00. I almost talked myself out of going. I’m glad I didn’t. After a rushed two hours of filling out paperwork, taking a passport photo, attempting to figure out the bus system and buying my train tickets, I finally found myself on a train. If it was the right train, I was anxious and second guessing myself, but at least I was headed south.
I have travelled a lot before, I have also travelled alone. There is always this thrill when travelling alone, especially if it’s your first time or you just haven’t done it in awhile. There is a whole nother thrill when travelling without a plan. One issue, though… Once you arrive, what’s next?
Kings Cross Station
I finally arrived in Kings Cross Station and walked by the ever mandatory Platform 9 3/4. I stood staring at the Underground map for a good five minutes trying to figure out what to do next… Shopping, I’ve only been here a week, I’m sure I need something… Oxford Circus it is.
Surfacing from the tube at Oxford Circus was overwhelming. It was so busy. Nope, this wasn’t for me. I made my way to Picadilly Circus. The walk was amazing. Just being in London was intoxicating. The city has such a long and invigorating history, that no matter where you walk or what you look at, it’s easy to wonder just how many people have walked these historic streets.
From Picadilly, I walked through Leicester Square and made my way to Covent Gardens. Covent Gardens is a beautiful little shopping and cafe area. I found the cutest little toy shop, Benjamin Pollock’s Toy Shop. Selling modern versions of vintage English toys.
Benjamin Pollock’s Toy Shop
Don’t know this girl, would have been a good picture if I did though
The smallest of figurines
Modeled after the Shakespeare Globe
Now I have a little obsession with the Tube (more design wise, but the history is cool too), and in Covent Gardens is the London Museum of Transport. Last time I was there I really wanted to go but unfortunately, I didn’t get the chance to. This time, though… oh man!
The museum is all about the change of transportation in London over the last 200 years as well as its cultural impact. It houses real examples of trains and buses through the ages; and it’s incredible!
The beginning of the Underground
Some old map 🙂
The newly designed Underground map at the time was revolutionary
One of the coolest playgrounds ever!
Yes, I actually sat and did the driving simulation
I could have spent so much money in here. Luckily the prospect of dragging around all that stuff all day stopped me
Afterwards, I took a walk around the block and ran into James Bond. Well, the Bond in Motion exhibit at the London Film Museum. So, on a whim, I did that too. It was so worth it. It was an exhibit that features the cars and other crazy vehicles from the Bond films. There are also lots of information from behind the scenes of the films, including design sketches and storyboards. More slideshow below!
After the 007 extravaganza, I walked towards the Thames. Just in time for sunset and London found its way back into my heart. I enjoyed the sunset, thought of Peter Pan as the Great clock glowed in the twilight and headed home for the day.
second star to the right, and straight on till morning
Overall an amazing day, and hopefully more to come back in London.
These first few days have been insane. Mostly being jetlagged, meeting tonnes of people and figuring the logistics of the school.
The flight was on of the best flights I’ve ever been on just because there was hardly anyone on the flight. I got a row to myself and slept across the seats most of the way. I took some pretty awesome photos of both Vancouver and England while departing and arriving respectively.
Whole row to myself
Vancouver! You can even see Lions Gate Bridge
Super chill flight
Actually lying down to sleep 🙂
London! Can you name all the landmarks?
Arriving at London Heathrow was also easy, the three friends that I have been hanging out with the most, I met right away at the meeting point in the airport. There is Kat (from Montreal), Melissa (from San Diego), and Sam (from Kansas). After a bit of a wait and a bus ride, I finally arrived in Hertfordshire.
After settling in we went to a free food night and met some more people studying abroad. Then the jet lag came. Went to bed early, woke up at 4 am and couldn’t sleep.
Melissa and Kat
It feels like we are going to crash, the left side of the road is weird.
By far the most stressful day. So far, information has been sparse. We had a 5 hour talk introducing us to the school and the local life. The biggest difference is the grading system. Here, 80’s and 90’s are unheard of. Supposedly if you get 70’s you are doing very well. And it’s not that the courses are especially hard. 70’s translates to A’s.
After the meeting, there were shuttles, K, M, S and I grabbed one to go to the supermarket to pick up groceries and supplies. We were only allowed 2 bags a person and even that was hard to carry home.
Afterwards, I went home and pretty much just passed out.
Today I already have had my first classes Social Media. I was triple booked with class, registration and academic advising. Class was great and I have sorted out my classes. My only worry is how/if they will transfer back to Capilano University back home in Vancouver.
I met a girl from Vancouver, well the island anyways; Bethany. Anyways, I hope to hang out with her soon.
London Trip on Sunday (with school)
Hopefully, separate London Trip
Another shopping trip
So those who know me, know that I like to be early. Especially for flights. I don’t like the stress of being just on time. I like to relax, shop around and enjoy the airport before my flight. I actually quite enjoy airports. YVR (Vancouver) International is one of my favourites. It’s one of the most culturally decorated places I know.
This time, however, my flight is delayed. So more chill time for me. And bonus, I get to work on my blog. There is a couple nearby playing what sounds like Adele karaoke.
My mum put on a little surprise farewell party with some of my family and friends on Friday. It was super cute.
She went full British theme. I’m going to miss mums little themed dinners while I’m away. I decorated a Union Jack cake, but my favorite part was the trolley of sweets!
We got to play with the champagne sabre that my dad got for Christmas, twas’ a hit!
My friends joined me afterwards for an after party downstairs and we partied into the early hours of the morning. It was the best party Ive had in a while. I love my friends so much. Ill miss you guys xx.
Now Ive just realized that I took only one picture of the party, but I did take a couple polaroids of the after party.