We think that crepes should be included at everewy wedding. And of course, we would think that, as we own the only mobile crepes company in the UK to specialise exclusively in weddings. But crepes are such a stylish and versatile option, that we think they are appropriate for any private event – from birthday parties, to a special anniversary. Whatever the occasion, crepes should be the first thing on the list!
Pancakes are associated with celebration in various places around the world. America is about to hold the 4th July Independence Day celebrations, and pancakes (being ever-so popular in the US) feature strongly. They aren’t quite as big a part of the day as turkey is to Thanksgiving, but they are getting there.
So with the UK recently deciding to leave the EU and suggestions of a future national holiday to mark what some call our ‘Independence Day’, what would be the ideal foodstuff to associate with our version of 4th July?
Obviously the good old British favourites such as fish and chips, bacon and egg or roast beef and Yorkshire pudding would probably feature highly on the list of possible choices. They are undeniably British, though it’s probable that the average Brit will enjoy these dishes on a regular basis. So that “special occasion” feel we are looking for is missing.
So we would suggest choosing something to help us remember the occasion we are marking. Something with a European connection. So how about crepes? They are usually associated with being continental, but we could go for an old-fashioned British-style appropriation and call them them ‘English crêpes’. We could drop the circumflex and pronounce the word as ‘crapes’. We could even stop adding all those fancy flavours, like continental chocolate options such as nutella, and make it illegal to have anything other than lemon and sugar.
Of course, as owners of a mobile pancake stand we would welcome this – to a degree. We quite like the fact that the product has French associations so we would not welcome a complete Anglicisation of the crêpe. And we have yet to find anything which goes as well with a crepe as nutella, so we would have to keep those chocolate options on the menu.
But anything which helps promote the idea of crepes as a food for a special occasion is fine by us. Crêpes and weddings go together perfectly (and we should know, we’ve taken our crepe van to loads of them over the years). But it’s about time crepes started to spread their wings a bit. Birthday party crepes are long over due (or perhaps they would be better described as birthday party pancakes.) Anniversary crepes work well – we know because we’ve tried and tested the idea extensively (around London in particular, curiously enough). So in our view, any private function should welcome crepes with open arms.
And if a newly declared national ‘Independence Day’ starts the ball rolling, with crepes at the top of the menu, then you won’t find us complaining.