Gyrocrêpe machine (left) stack of prepared crêpes next to wire whisk, an egg and a bowl of flour — or maybe it is sugar

image: Gyrocrêpe machine courtesy Gyrdis

|| 12 September 2019

French Gyrocrêpe Machine

Why should a hurricane remind me of a French crêpe machine? Last week when I was so frequently checking the progress of Hurricane Dorian, I was doing so on the NY Times website page that showed an animated graphic, a revolving disc (representing Dorian), progressing up the eastern seacoast of the USA.

The little revolving disc reminded me of a recent email from our Chic & Slim Special Correspondent Kat in which she included a short video (Merci, Kat) of the Gyrocrêpe machine she had spotted in a Hypermarché E.Leclerc where she was shopping.

The Gyrocrêpe is made by the French company Gyrdis who promises the machine will make “180 sweet or savoury pancakes per hour, with a quality equal to handmade.”

I have no idea how many crêpes-per-hour a human can produce. As to whether the Gyrocrêpe's crêpes are equal to homemade, Kat did not comment. She apparently was not tempted to try one.

Like the French vending machines for pizza and baguettes on which I recently commented, the French crêpe machine seems un-French to those of us who think of French food as being more artisanal. But no doubt the hypermarché chain E.Leclerc sees the machines as a way of cutting labor costs for their 600 stores in France. Especially since it would be more difficult to hire a talented crêpe maker than someone who could simply pour batter into a machine.

As for weight control, the machine in a hypermarché makes it easy for someone to simply buy a crêpe instead of expending the energy to buy the ingredients, take them home, mix the batter and cook the crêpes. On the other hand, what is rolled inside the crêpe will also make a difference as to whether machine crêpes might cause weight gain. Steamed low-cal vegetables and slivers of chicken breast would bring different results than sautéed bananas drenched in sweet chocolate sauce and topped with brandied whipped cream.

be chic, stay slim — Anne Barone

|| 6 September 2019

Update: I am happy to report that — despite wind, rain and the occasional tornado — my son escaped the hurricane area yesterday with few problems or delays. But it was a long day for his mother as I frequently checked on the weather along his route and the progress of Dorian. A report on his status did not arrive until evening. Yes, a long day. But I was not surprised at his announcement that the rest of his vacation would be spent in the mountains.

|| 5 September 2019

Hurricane Dorian Interrupts

Hurricane Dorian has interrupted my plans for a Nouvelles posting today.

Not that I am in harm’s way from that horrendous storm way out here at Provence-sur-la-Prairie. But my son has been vacationing this week in Wilmington, North Carolina, (at least he did not go to the Bahamas !) and he had bet that Dorian would play itself down to a nice little rain storm by the time it traveled up the coast toward Wilmington. That was until he woke up this (Thursday) morning and saw the updated weather report .

When I checked email this morning, I had a brief one from him saying that he was terminating his vacation and leaving Wilmington. While I was relieved he was evacuating, a few minutes later when I checked the updated hurricane info, there on the NY Times was a video of a tornado in Wilmington that had touched down at around 6:55 to 7:00 AM.

My son’s email was sent at 6:44 AM — and the location of the tornado on my road atlas looked to be in the area through which he would be driving to reach the interstate.

I can only hope that he had a little more loading to do before he put the car in gear and headed out.

From living 10 years on the hurricane-prone Texas Gulf Coast, I know that evacuating an area can mean congested slow-moving traffic out of the area — especially if you wait until the last minute when many people feel the necessity to leave. And the big danger is tornadoes. Especially if you are trapped in traffic.

Now almost lunchtime, I am waiting for his next email or phone call to know if he was actually able to get out of Wilmington. And out of danger from the hurricane.

Isn’t motherhood fun?

|| 29 August 2019

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Baguette Vending Machines

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|| 15 August 2019

French Pizza Machines

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