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Street Food Wonders: Craving Some Craffles

In the chaos of my first midterm week at Columbia, this freshman thought it would be wise to stick close to home. Thus, in my first installment of Street Treats, I didn’t stray far from 116th and Broadway to find something über delicious.

Approximately 20 steps outside of the front gates sits Craffles, a French crepes and Belgian waffles pushcart. Walking between Barnard and Columbia during class rush, you might have smelled the sweet aromas of sugar, berries, and cream wafting through the air. As each day brings colder and colder weather, my longing for a warm, sugary crepe has become increasingly overwhelming.

Thus, in a moment of weakness, I found myself in line outside the cart last Tuesday debating between a classic sweet crepe filled with every berry they had, and a savory garden crepe, packed with mushrooms, spinach, tomato, mozzarella, and pesto. In the end, I went with The Crepe Deluxe, a classic combo of strawberry, banana, and Nutella.

I watched as the crepemaker began assembling my afternoon snack — using a cool crepe spreader to make a perfectly crisp circle. Then came the toppings. A quick flip with a spatula, and a healthy sprinkling of cinnamon and powdered sugar, and my crepe was complete.

Words to describe it? Warm, deliciously rich, a perfect combination of crispy and chewy, gone in under 5 minutes. The strawberries and bananas were fresh and managed to perfectly balance the richness of the Nutella. The sprinkling of cinnamon gave another level of spice that melded well with the sugariness of the crepe.

Will Craffles be my new Crepe stop? Yes. Will it be contributing to the freshman 15? Possibly. Still, I can’t resist!

Find them everyday right outside the gates of College Walk, or online at www.craffles.com.


Not Another Strawberry

Blueberry Buttermilk Biscuits

It might be strawberry season, but I’ve already had more than my fair share of these red berries during the past couple of months, and in efforts to avoid my yearly summer habit of over-consuming a certain type of food and then not being able to ever eat it again, I’m pushing this fruit to the side until the next time they come into season. Last summer my mom went though an apricot-obsession phase, so we were eating some sort of apricot-based dessert every night. While she did get creative, too much is too much. Countless apricot tarts and cobblers later, I’m through with that fruit under its every form. I can still enjoy strawberries, but it won’t be long until I lose them to anther unfortunate case of fruit-aversion. I won’t take the risk.

In my effort to find different summer food options, I encountered Bon Appétit magazine’s buttermilk biscuit recipe (you can find it here) as well as Trader Joe’s big box of organic blueberries. Since then, a happy combination of two great things has been found: blueberry buttermilk biscuits. The combo isn’t anything new, but these little cakes are a satisfying breakfast, snack, or dessert and a versatile base for many other dishes—they can be toasted and topped with butter and jam for breakfast, served with cream, mixed berries, and chopped mint as a light dessert, or eaten by themselves. Seeing as how simple these little treats are to make, there’s no reason not to try some other variations (maybe with chocolate chips? nuts?).

Of course, the addition of strawberries would probably make for a wonderful version of this baked treat, but I’ll be waiting ’till next summer for that one. Until then, blueberries it is.

Summer Strawberry Soup

When I was twelve I attended a weeklong summer cooking camp at Chef Central. Each day revolved around a different meal: Sunday brunch, 4th of July barbeque, and such. My favorite was the “light summer lunch” day. It was the first time I got to experiment with cold soups. The only cold soup I’d ever had was gazpacho, and as I’ve always detested peppers in any form, it was never a big hit with me. But at cooking camp we focused on cold fruit soups.

The great thing about cold fruit soups is that they’re really versatile. They’re pretty much great for any meal. I like to use them as desserts, because they go great with some biscotti or a simple cookie and are light enough to complement the season but heavy and sweet enough to satisfy a dessert craving.

The other day I was feeling in a very summery mood and decided to whip out one of those old soup recipes. I decided on strawberry because that just screams summer to me. It only takes about fifteen minutes to make, although you do have to let it sit in the fridge for a while after preparing it. After two excruciating hours I packed the soup up and brought it to my friend’s house for one of our “Sherlock and food” parties.

The soup was a hit. My friends loved it. I had some with a black and white cookie, some people just drank it like a smoothie, and one of my friends even used it as a sauce for her brownie (extremely advisable if you were wondering). Every way it proved delicious.

Recipe for Strawberry Soup

Makes 12 servings
• 3 pt. fresh strawberries
• 12 oz. sour cream
• 1 pt. cream
• ½ cup sugar
• juice of ½ lemon

Remove the stems from the strawberries and cut into quarters. Reserve on large strawberry for each serving for garnish. Puree the strawberries in a food processor or blender, adding the lemon, sugar and sour cream. Add the heavy cream and whip until slightly thick. Chill the soup in the refrigerator for 2-72 hours. Serve as a dessert or starter course in chilled bowls, garnished with a large strawberry cut almost in half, secured to the rim of the bowl. Garnish with mint if desired.