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Thursday, 12 December 2013

Savory Brunch : Crepe Rolls With Minty Scrambled Ricotta & A Quick Relish :-)

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At home,weekends are usually reserved for relishing an idle, toothsome brunch and these rolls are an ideal way of enjoying it.Quick to make,filling and flavor packed this dish will make your brunch experience absolutely pleasurable....and a piquant,no-fuss, fresh shallot relish rolled in makes it tempting enough to be devoured...yummmm J

We used shallots almost a third the size of a medium red onion. Use fresh,soft ricotta cheese (channa) for the best results. You may opt for using well mashed fresh paneer instead. For making it vegan, use mashed soft tofu instead of ricotta. For a gluten free version,you can make crepes out of your favorite gluten free flour mix. J

Serves : 2 (Makes 2 medium or 4 small crepe rolls)

Ingredients Required :
                                          fresh home made ricotta
                                          flavorful shallots
                                          shallots sliced thin

                                          diced shallots

For Crepes

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 cup water

2 tablespoon cooking oil

a pinch baking soda

salt to taste

For Scrambled Ricotta

1 cup fresh,soft ricotta cheese (extra liquid drained, at room temperature)

4 shallots peeled,cleaned and sliced

1 tablespoon cooking oil

1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds (sabut jeera)

a pinch turmeric powder

a pinch red chili powder

a pinch sugar (optional)

1/2 teaspoon curry powder

1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint leaves (you may use your favorite herbs instead)

2 teaspoon tomato ketchup

salt to taste

For Shallot Relish

2 shallots peeled,cleaned and diced

1/2 teaspoon soy sauce

1/2 teaspoon tomato ketchup

1 teaspoon red chili sauce

pinch salt to taste (we used rock salt)

Process :

For Making Crepes

Sift flour,baking soda and salt together into a mixing bowl.
                                          sifted ingredients
                                          added water
                                          spooned to form a lump free batter

Add water and spoon/whisk to mix thoroughly into a smooth,uniform and lump free batter. Heat 1/2 tablespoon oil in a flat griddle. When thoroughly hot,turn heat to medium and ladle half of the prepared batter into it (If you are using a smaller sized griddle than usual then ladle 1/4th of batter and you will be getting about 4 small crepes). Use back of a ladle/cooking spoon to spread batter uniformly by moving it clockwise from the center to the edges of the griddle surface. Make sure you don't lift the spoon while spreading batter to prevent breakage.
                                          well formed crepe
                                          cooked on one side till up looks dry

After batter is uniformly spread, let it cook in medium heat till the upside of crepe looks quite dry. This helps us know that the crepe is cooked enough on the underside and won't break if we flip it gently.
Next, top the upside with 1/2 tablespoon oil. Use a flat spatula and gently release crepe from the griddle surface on all sides. Slowly lift it by placing spatula on the center of underside and gently flip the uncooked (up) side down.
                                          flipped gently to cook other side
                                          well cooked other side, ready to be plated

Cook it for about 3 minutes till done (small brown spots appear). For knowing whether  your crepe is cooked, see that it doesn't break off while you transfer it gently onto a plate. Use spatula to support the center as you transfer it and place flat on a plate. Repeat this same process for cooking other crepe.

For Scrambling Ricotta

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a fry pan. Add cumin seeds and let crackle.
                                          crackling cumin

Next add thinly sliced shallots and saute' till golden and soft.
                                          added shallot slices
                                          sauteed till golden and soft

Turn heat to medium. Add crumbled ricotta and stir to mix well.
                                          added crumbled ricotta
                                          stirred to mix well

Sprinkle turmeric,chili and curry powders,salt and sugar.
                                          added spices & seasoning
                                          stirred for blending flavors

Stir to mix and cook for 2-3 minutes till flavors blend well. Finally pour ketchup and sprinkle chopped mint.
                                          sprinkled mint for fresh flavors
                                          poured ketchup
                                          ready for a roll

Stir well and turn off heat.

For Shallot Relish

Simply mix all mentioned ingredients till uniformly distributed and shallots coated well with sauces.

                                          diced shallots and salt
                                          added soy sauce
                                          poured ketchup & chili sauce
                                          spooned to mix well

For Rolling Crepe

Place a crepe flat on a plate. Place half of scrambled ricotta slightly towards a side of crepe (This helps while rolling them).
                                          crepe with ricotta towards a side

Place half the shallot relish near ricotta filling.
                                          placed relish by the side

Starting from the crepe's side near the filling,tightly roll crepe to secure the filling inside.
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                                          perfectly rolled

You may use a toothpick to secure roll further....Enjoy with a platter of fresh fruits for a scrumptious brunch treat.

A From The Blogger’s Keyboard
ü  Crepe rolls are best enjoyed warm. See to it that crepes are warm enough while you roll them. We usually start scrambling ricotta while the second crepe gets made. This ensures both are enjoyed warm.

ü  Moving the ladle’s back clockwise while spreading batter from center to edges of the griddle is always effective for crepes of uniform thickness on all sides.


ü  See to it that you don’t lift ladle from the batter surface as you move. If done so, then the raw batter sticks along with ladle back and gets lifted breaking the crepe.

ü  Release the sides and attempt to free the crepe only when its upside looks quite dry.


ü  While working your spatula to free and flip crepes be gentle.

ü  Always support the center of crepe’s underside with spatula as you lift it. This helps it to remain whole and prevents breakage. If spatula is spaced on one of the sides while lifting, the crepe tends to break off by hanging weight of the unsupported side.


ü  Flipping crepe is quite easy if handled slowly. But if felt tough, then we can simply transfer the half cooked crepe into a plate (cooked side down). Grease griddle and gently flip the plate over it to release crepe into it for cooking the other side.

ü  Our batter is not too thin as we intend to make crepe rolls. Too thin, they will most definitely break while we roll them.Whisk/spoon while making batter to make it completely free from lumps...this ensures smooth and delicious crepes.


ü  For scrambling, use fresh whole milk ricotta cheese for an unparalleled taste. Drain excess liquid before adding it to pan.

ü  Fry shallots well while making scramble, use of fresh mint adds loads of refreshing flavor…so we never skip it.


ü  The relish gets made in a jiffy. Everything must be spooned to mix well.

ü  Placing ricotta scramble and relish towards a side of crepes aids the rolling process and helps secure the filling tightly.

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Happy Cooking & Have A Glorious Brunch!!! J









94 comments:

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    1. Hi Gloria,thanks so much for your kind words...these rolls taste delicious too...perfect for an idle brunch,thanks...HAVE A BEAUTIFUL DAY!!! :-)

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  2. I have some shallots that big at the moment, too! Don't often see them that size. Anyway, this is a great looking dish. I'll bet it tastes wonderful! Fun recipe - thanks.

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    1. Hi John, this dish tastes delicious...hope you are going to try this out some time...shallots especially raw as a relish taste excellent along with many dishes,thanks so much for your kind words...HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY!!! :-)

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  3. Its a beautiful and great to be savored anytime of the day. Over here, we hardly use paneer and cheese will just perfect.

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    1. Hi Navaneetham,yes these rolls make a great snack...you may opt for substituting ricotta/paneer with tofu too...thanks so much for your inspiring comments...HAVE A GREAT DAY!!! :-)

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  4. What a tasty filling for these wraps! Delicious!

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    1. Hi Joanne,yes the filling is scrumptious especially with the freshness of mint from it...we assure you are going to love them,thanks so much for your sweet comments...HAVE A BEAUTIFUL DAY!!! :-)

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    1. Hi Veena,oh yes these crepe rolls are perfect for a brunch...hope you love savoring it,thanks so much...HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY!!! :-)

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  6. Beautiful crepes with a filling of ricotta, shallots, and spices that is to die for...

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    1. Hi Denise,so glad you loved these rolls...scrambled curried ricotta,raw shallot relish and crepes go so very well in this dish...it is assured to become one of the favorite brunch treat,thanks so much for your inspiring words...HAVE A BEAUTIFUL DAY!!! :-)

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  7. Oh wow - crepes and eggs sound so good! I have only had crepes with a sweet stuffing - but this is brilliant!

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    1. Hi Shashi,oh yes you can stuff these crepes with a similar scrambled eggs too...will taste as good as ricotta...we love stuffed crepes...but often weekends are reserved for some savory brunch...thanks so much for your kind words...HAVE A GLORIOUS DAY!!! :-)

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  8. Wow, homemade Ricotta, that sounds fantastic.
    We love a good Sunday brunch as well and these rolls are a great idea for a sumptuous breakfast. Thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. Hi Daniela,oh yes these rolls taste delicious and homemade whole milk ricotta makes it irresistible...it is a pleasure sharing recipes with you our friend,thanks so much for your inspiring words...HAVE A GREAT DAY!!! :-)

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  9. Fantastic rolls! I really love that filling.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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    1. Hi Rosa,thanks a ton for your inspiring words...the filling is fabulous...HAVE A BEAUTIFUL DAY!!! :-)

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  10. oooh, I love the idea of a scrambled ricotta---genius!

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    1. Hi Angela,so glad you liked scrambled ricotta...especially in these rolls they taste delicious,thanks so much...HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY!!! :-)

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  11. Hi! I found your site through Nazneen's blog. I'm a new subscriber and look forward to your posts.

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    1. Warm Welcome to our blog Lea Ann, it is our pleasure sharing recipes with you...hope you enjoy reading our posts,thanks so much for your kind words...HAVE A BEAUTIFUL DAY!!! :-)

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  12. looks yum....loved the recipe of the filling with ricotta

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    1. Hi Sushma,this recipe is our little twist on paneer bhurji rolls and they taste delectable,thanks so much...HAVE A BEAUTIFUL DAY!!! :-)

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    1. Hi Sangeetha,oh yes these rolls are tasty and guaranteed to give happy snack time for kids too,thanks so much...HAVE A GLORIOUS DAY!!! :-)

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  14. Sounds like a wonderful brunch! I love crepes and the ricotta filling sounds great with all the spices :)

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    1. Hi Kelly,thanks so much for your inspiring words...this spicy ricotta filling is real worth a try,thanks...HAVE A GREAT DAY!!! :-)

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  15. Savory crepes with a creamy spiced up ricotta filling sounds so dreamy! I would eat this dish for dinner and dessert. ;) You are one very talented cook, my friend. Thanks ever so much for sharing!

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  16. Hi Stacy,your kind words are ever so encouraging and inspiring,thanks so much our friend...these crepe rolls are delicious...hope you try them out soon,thanks...HAVE A BEAUTIFUL DAY!!! :-)

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  17. Your recipe makes me wonder why I have never cooked ricotta this way! Delicious.

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    1. Hi Daniela, after taking a look at those soft sweet ricotta filled crepes on your blog...we have started craving for that version for a brunch...hope you love savoring it this way too,thanks so much for your kind words...HAVE A GLORIOUS DAY!!! :-)

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  18. Yummy!! And loved your step by step instructions to the recipe!!

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    1. Warm Welcome to our blog Pankti,it is a pleasure sharing recipes with you,thanks so much for your sweet comments...HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY!!! :-)

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  19. I love reading about different breakfast foods. Delicious :)

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    1. Hi Rachel,we assure you are going to love savoring this as a breakfast too...crepe rolls taste delicious,thanks so much...HAVE A BEAUTIFUL DAY!!! :-)

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  20. This looks amazing, love the flavor combination!

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    1. Hi Yvonne,thanks so much for your inspiring words...oh yes yes these rolls taste amazing...hope you try it out soon,thanks...HAVE A BEAUTIFUL DAY!!! :-)

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  21. What a perfect, delicious brunch dish. YUM! I bet the shallots add a lovely dimension to them.

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  22. Hi Amy,yes you are so right...the raw shallot relish just completes this crepe rolls and makes them delicious,thanks so much for your inspiring words...HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY!!! :-)

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  23. Bellìsima realizaciòn es un lujo de crepès muy bueno,abrazos.

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  24. Hi Rosita,so glad you like these delicious crepe rolls,they taste awesome and are perfect for brunch,thanks so much for your inspiring words...HAVE A BEAUTIFUL DAY!!! :-)

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    1. Hi Tandy,isn't this savory scrambled ricotta a pleasant change from the sweet,so happy you liked it,thanks for your ever inspiring comments...HAVE A GLORIOUS DAY!!! :-)

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  26. These savoury crepe rolls look amazing! Beautiful photos, Kumar.

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    1. Hi Angie,thanks so much for your sweet comments...oh these crepe rolls taste amazing too...glad you liked the pictures,thanks...HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY!!! :-)

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  27. You make such beautiful crepes. I bet you do wonders with making dosas as well with your skilled technique too! I bet the ricotta mixture is really wonderful as it is freshly made. Have a super brunch. Take Care, BAM

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    1. Hi Bam,we feel so happy reading your kind words...the very first time we made dosa it broke off...then by this time after slowly making them right we use our experience for all crepes...so glad you loved this fresh brunch idea...HAVE A BEAUTIFUL DAY!!! :-)

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  28. I used to make a similar dish with scrambled eggs! This version looks so much tastier and delicious though. Such a great vegetarian dish! Can't wait to try making it :)

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    1. Hi Lillian,since some time we have been recreating some of our favorite dishes the vegetarian way....this is one such replacing the eggs with ricotta....we are glad you liked this version too,thanks so much for your inspiring comments...HAVE A GREAT DAY!!! :-)

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  29. Kumar, what a wonderful recipe with so many helpful pictures! You certainly go out of your way to show us each and every step of the process so that we can easily recreate your wonderful recipes at home. I love that you use homemade ricotta for this - nothing better! And the final crêpes look so pretty all rolled up and filled!
    Thanks for posting yet another intriguing recipe!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Hi Andrea,it is such a pleasure sharing recipes with you our friend....thanks for your ever encouraging comments,they make our day....yes homemade ricotta gives this dish a delicious touch....hope you love savoring this soon,thanks...HAVE A GLORIOUS DAY!!! :-)

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  30. Looks delectable! When you say curry powder, do you mean dhana jeeru?

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    1. Hi Anna, curry powder also called sabzi masala powder is a blend of numerous spices used frequently in Indian cuisine....dhania-coriander and jeera-cumin are a part of the mixture along with spices like cloves,cardamom,turmeric,nutmeg,bay leaf etc.....you can find it easily in any store dealing with Asian/Indian cooking spices...hope this is of help and you try this dish soon for enjoying a delicious brunch,thanks so much for your kind words...HAVE A BEAUTIFUL DAY!!! :-)

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  31. aah !!! some very tempting rolls in there !! loved the filling !!!

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    1. Hi Sona,thanks so much for your sweet comments....yes the ricotta scramble tastes awesome,thanks...HAVE A GLORIOUS DAY!!! :-)

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  32. Im reading this totally at the right time-it's breakfast time now and I need to make a decision on what I;'ll eat! :d

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    1. Hi Lorraine,thanks so much for your inspiring comments...oh this is just the time for you to savor these delicious crepe rolls and relish....have a glorious breakfast time...HAVE A BEAUTIFUL DAY!!! :-)

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  33. I love this fusion of spices and crepes. Sounds fabulous! Back in India, I was a huge fan of the street side egg rolls..these remind me of them. They look mouth watering Kumar!

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    1. Hi Sonali,oh isn't this combination delectable...so happy you liked it too...as a matter of fact...street side egg rolls have long been the inspiration ever since we first made these rolls for brunch...they taste so good and we don't miss the vendor's version now....hope you try these out soon,thanks so much...HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY!!! :-)

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  34. Hey.. Kumar... this is the first time i am on your blog..... what a wonderful collection of recipes... you have... i was really reading most of the comments on your recipes.. i loved the way you replied to each comments with so much love and respect. I can make out that food is just revolving around u.. and goes the friendship too.. Happy to be following you......Loved your blog.....
    Preetha
    http://abowlofcurry.blogspot.in
    Do drop in to my blog, when you find that u wanna make traditional kerala recipes from Malabar...

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    1. Warm Welcome to our blog Preetha....so kind of you to give such sweet comments....we felt inspired....glad you love the recipes on this blog...we are serious fans of Keralan food and it will be a pleasure learning new recipes from your adorable blog,thanks so much...HAVE A BEAUTIFUL DAY!!! :-)

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  35. Oh, this looks gorgeous ~ I especially love the scrambled ricotta filling. It's unique. I'm very predictable with my crepes ^.^

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    1. Hi Sharon,oh this scramble is delicious....love the spices in it...happy sharing this dish with you,thanks so much for your kind words...HAVE A BEAUTIFUL DAY!!! :-)

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  36. Scrambled ricotta is a completely new concept to me! All these flavors in here must make for a fabulous brunch - wow!

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    1. Hi Amy, we can assure you will love the ease and delicious taste of scrambled ricotta....it pairs nice with crepes for a brunch,thanks so much for your sweet words,hope you try this out sometime...HAVE A GLORIOUS DAY!!! :-)

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  37. Once again a fantastic recipe Kumar's! I love a kathi roll but have never bothered to make it at home! I think maybe I should try your recipe now!

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    1. Hi Amelia,oh as a matter of fact delicious kathi rolls have been an inspiration behind these rolls...we assure you might just forget savoring them outside after having a taste of homemade rolls,thanks so much for your inspiring comments...HAVE A GREAT DAY!!! :-)

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  38. There's nothing like a relaxing brunch, is there? This looks like a great way to enjoy it!

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    1. Hi Beth,bet nothing as relaxing as a fuss free homemade brunch...glad you loved this idea and the dish,thanks so much for the inspiration...HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY!!! :-)

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  39. I love this type of brunch: savory and with lots of spices!

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    1. Hi Julia,it is a pleasure sharing this recipe with you...you just read our thoughts...we can never ever turn down a spicy treat especially for brunch :-)...thanks so much for your kind comments..HAVE A BEAUTIFUL DAY!!! :-)

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  40. Love the savory crepes!! I wish I could dive into these right now!

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    1. Hi Ashley, we share a load of this delicious treat with you virtually...so glad you liked these crepe rolls,thanks for your ever inspiring words...HAVE A GLORIOUS DAY!!! :-)

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  41. fresh ricotta is amazing, and this is a magnificent way to feature it!

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    1. Hi Grace,you are so kind to give such sweet comments...we assure you are going to love the flavors in this dish,thanks so much...HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY!!! :-)

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  42. Oh such delicious goodness all wrapped up for enjoying, Love It! Thank you so much for sharing...

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    1. Warm Welcome to our blog Louise, it is a pleasure sharing this recipe with you...glad you loved the delicious flavors in these rolls,thanks so much...HAVE A BEAUTIFUL DAY!!! :-)

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  43. Definitely an interesting way to use ricotta! I like it. The crepes look fantastic and super delicious with the shallot relish.

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    1. Hi Nazneen,sorry for the delay in replying back...pc had crashed...we are glad you loved the fresh shallot relish along with these delectable rolls...thanks so much...HAVE A BEAUTIFUL DAY!!! :-)

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  44. These look so tasty and versatile- maybe you could also add chicken or other meat to the crepe rolls, if you wished?

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    1. Hi Fran,sorry for the delay in replying back...pc had crashed...oh these rolls will taste delicious with pre-cooked chicken,lamb mince or even chopped liver...always delicious...thanks so much...HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY!!! :-)

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  45. Oh gosh, what a wonderful brunch! these sound AMAZING! and great tips for making crepes!

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    1. Hi Jennifer,sorry for the delay in replying back...pc had crashed...thanks so much for your kind and inspiring comments...hope you savor these delectable crepes really soon...HAVE A BEAUTIFUL DAY!!! :-)

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  46. What a great idea for a savory breakfast. Love the idea of scrambled Ricotta. The mint is a great touch, as is the relish!

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    1. Hi Evelyne,thanks so much for your inspiring words...yes yes mint is the real charmer in this treat,thanks..HAVE A GLORIOUS DAY!!! :-)

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  47. The crepes look perfect and I can't wait to try a ricotta scramble with those lovely spices! De-lish!

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    1. Hi Kari, it is a pleasure sharing this dish with you...so excited you are going to try it out,thanks so much for your kind words...HAVE A BEAUTIFUL DAY!!! :-)

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  48. My kids love wraps, and they love crepes too. What a nice savory filling - perfect for lunch!

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    1. Hi Nami,it is our pleasure you liked these crepe rolls...yes they will make a scrumptious lunch,thanks so much for your inspiring words...HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY!!! :-)

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  49. Wow.dats a very good idea n they Looking very delicious n easy one..

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  50. Hi Maha,so happy you liked these crepe rolls...we assure you are going to love savoring them too...easy and delicious,thanks so much...HAVE A BEAUTIFUL DAY!!! :-)

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  51. This looks so good. Love the flavors and I really like the shallot relish! Happy New Year!

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  52. A VERY VERY HAPPY & WONDERFUL NEW YEAR TO YOU TOO ABBE,THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR INSPIRING COMMENTS...HAVE A BEAUTIFUL DAY!!! :-)

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