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Parallel: Winter Treats

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Recently, the weather has been quite brutal. Minus 8 degrees (supposed to feel like -17) in Vancouver and 8 degrees in Milan. We get so lazy when it’s too cold, we just like to relax inside and stay cozy in our favourite indoor wear (not necessarily cute). But the perfect ‘couch potato’ is not complete with some warm sweet treat.

Today, we will share one of our favourite must-eat/drink treats during winter. Hope you give it a try!

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Gelati:First of all, sorry for the bad quality photos… I didn’t have my camera with me and I didn’t get a chance to make another batch of crêpes before the deadline. ANYWAY – my crêpe recipe is SUPER easy (I think it’s probably the easiest you could find online) and it requires very few tools – just a fork, a measuring cup, a spatula, and a pan. The basic ingredients are: flour, egg, milk and a pinch of salt. To make around 5-6 pieces of crêpes, you will need around 1 cups of flour, 1.5 cups of milk, 1 egg and a pinch of salt. I never measure ingredients precisely. I mix everything as well as I could in a measuring cup with a fork. The paste should be more on the thin side.
Chisa: To match Gelati’s delicious sounding crepe, I decided to make honey ginger milk tea. I’m seriously a ginger maniac, I put it in EVERYTHING! It keeps your body warm from the inside, has lots of health benefits, there’s no reason to not like ginger. So the ingredients are basically in the name but they are: honey, ginger, milk and your favourite tea leaves. I usually use English tea or earl grey but I feel like something different today so I’m using creme caramel rooibos. Rooibos tea is a perfect alternative to any kind of tea and it’s caffeine free! :)

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Gelati:Then, preheat your stove. After it’s heated, turn down the heat to low/medium and pour some batter into the pan (I would say 3 table spoons if you need some kind of measure). Cook crepe for about 1 minute until underside is golden, then use a metal spatula to flip.
Chisa: Easy as pie! Warm up the milk in a pot and add some tea leaves. If you’re using a tea bag, you can open up the bag and directly add the tea leaves.

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Gelati:After the crepe is done, you can put whatever you like on it. I usually make 5-6 at a time and put the ones I don’t eat right away in the fridge. They can last over a few days. During winter time, I like to put Nutella and sliced banana in my crepe.
Chisa: When the milk starts to change colour, add some honey (as generously as you like), stir, stir. Finally, add some grated ginger. I like to add 1 teaspoon but you can lessen the amount to your liking.

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Gelati: If Nutella and banana are too heavy for you, a lighter, yet still sweet option would be to sprinkle some sugar and chopped basil and squeeze some fresh lemon juice onto your crepe (then fold the crepe once or twice according to your preference).
Chisa: Ahhhh I just want to drink it right now! Wait… where’s my tea strainer?! Where are youuuuuuu! Ugh, this is horrible I don’t want to waste time searching since my special milk tea will get cold… so I decided to use a ginormous strainer instead. Yes, I did spill a bit. :(

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Gelati:And there you go, a delicious, easy to make and very inexpensive dessert!
Chisa: Anyways, the strainer did its job and the drink is complete! Ahhh the fragrance. Bon appetit!

Hope you like our winter treats special! What are your favorite drinks or snacks during winter time? Share us your recipe!

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