As we are about to get back onto the SuperAdobe walls this week, we wanted to provide a link to go and check out what SuperAdobe / Earth-bagging is all about. In the past we have talked about Nader Khalili and his revolutionary, and awesomely human-scale alternative shelter creating technique of SuperAdobe, but it is just too radical and important of a method to mention once or twice. Back in 1991 Nader (originally from Iran) founded Cal-Earth Institute in Hesperia, California. Since then, the institute has been enlightening and training individuals to fabricate shelters out of a rammed-earth type of process. So without further ado here is the link to Cal-Earth's website - please do divert some of your online time to the exploration of this site! (Also if you are in the Southern California area- or willing to travel there, the Institute has an open house for visitors the first Saturday of every month, and is always welcoming to visits at anytime). Here are a few examples of the domes and vault work they accomplish:
Because it is the weekend (and we met our relevancy quota with the above paragraph on SuperAdobe), it is time for a treat or two. Weekends are about sleeping in a bit later than normal and making killer, un-rushed breakfasts. We would like to present a simple recipe for crepes (pronounced Kreh-pa for crying out loud!) for you all to enjoy on your days off. For a scrumptious breakfast within inly 15 min wrangle up these ingredients for a yield of about a dozen 10" diameter crepes :
1 ½ cups of milk
1 cup and 1 tablespoon of all-purpose flour (or wheat flour)
2 table spoons of sugar
1/2 tablespoons of pure vanilla extract
3 tablespoons of melted butter (may be replaced by oil)
Optionally (but highly recommended), we usually add in about 2 teaspoons of Nutmeg and Cinnamon
Making it all happen:
1. Sift flour and mix with salt in a mixing bowl.
2. Make a well and pour in eggs. Beat them silly.
3. Slowly pour in milk while stirring. Keep stirring batter until small bubbles form on the surface.
4. Stir in Butter.
5. Stir in sugar, nutmeg, vanilla, and cinnamon.
Batter = done, now getcherself a 10" minimum diameter pan and put the burner on about 3/4 intensity. Butter or oil the pan (butter is a bit tastier) so that the bottom of the pan is adequately covered (but not too much) and once the butter/oil is hot, poor in about 4-6 tablespoons into the pan- swirl the batter around so that it spreads thinly and evenly. Let it cook for around a minute (dependent on your burner) and flip with a spatula. The other side cooks more quickly so be ready to pull it off in about 30 seconds. And Voila (vwa-LA)!, you have yourself some Krehps- Uh-ha-huhn! (<--attempt at phonetic French laugh). Cover and fill with just about anything that sounds tay-shtay- we like to smear on Nutella, Maple Syrup, Cinnamon-sugar, bananas, berries, cream-cheese, peanut butter, jelly, honey. Here is a picture for inspiration:
If you want to get real crazy into it, there is a video on this website here, that shows an ultra-orthodox version of authentic crepe action, but be warned- it's extreme.
Lastly we bestow a couple (downloadable) musical tracks for you to possibly cook along to. The first is an hour long mix by a very talented Denver-based DJ by the name of Bobby C Sound TV- it'll get you moving:
Then we have a disco banger rework by Sammy Bananas that will most definitely have you beating crepe batter like a french junky.
Happy weekend to y'all and Au Revoir!