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Back to food, though. The question I was asked the most over the week was about my famous (well, among my 3 friends and me) tapioca crepes. "How do you make those? They look delicious! What's the recipe?" I told my mom I'd write her an email with the recipe in it, but here's a blog post instead, Mom.
First of all, though, what is tapioca? What you've probably conjured in your mind is the tapioca pudding that your grandmother used to make - super sweet, really sticky little balls. Well, it does come in ball form, but you can also buy it as flour. For you Boulderites, it's also the "boba" in your boba tea at Pekoe.
While tapioca is not technically on the list of acceptable foods for Paleo eaters, it's not a grain, and it's not a legume. It's certainly not dairy and it's not a potato, so I'm calling it good. I make an exception for it because I love - LOVE - bread, and this yummy substance makes sticky, stretchy, bread-like foods. I would be lying to you if I said it offered much in the way of nutrients to your diet besides carbohydrates. It's a pleasure food. It's an energy food for active people who can't seem to get enough carbohydrates on the Paleo diet from fruits and veggies. And it's gluten free, of course. You can make crepes, pancakes, muffins, cakes, bread, or whatever you want out of this stuff. I just happen to like very simple recipes, so I make crepes. I eat them with my egg scrambles. If I need a dessert once in a while, I'll cook one up and put a bit of honey and coconut oil on it. Or I'll wrap some salmon salad up in one. All good options. If anyone has any other suggestions, I'd love to hear them.
Here's the recipe:
Tapioca Crepes 1:1:1
(makes 5-7 crepes)
1 C Tapioca Flour (or "Starch" - same thing)
1 C Organic Coconut Milk (Native Forest cans contain no BPA)
1 Pasture Raised Egg
1. Mix all the ingredients well in a bowl.
2. Heat up coconut or olive oil in a pan on medium low until a drop of water sizzles in it.
3. Pour in about 1/4 cup of the mixture and tilt the pan in all directions to spread out batter to desired thickness.
4. Cook both sides until very lightly brown.
5. Add salt and any other herbs (sweet or savory).
I usually make one and then put the rest of the batter into a mason jar or other tupperware (preferably not plastic) and store it in the fridge for up to a week.
Allergen Note: If you can not eat eggs, you can substitute the egg for 2 tablespoons of water and it turns out just as well.
Like I said, I was just in Florida for a week, and I realized I wasn't in Boulder anymore when it took me 4 grocery store trips and a journey to Sanibel Island to find my precious tapioca flour. So here's a place where you can buy it online. Oh, and if you don't like my crepe recipe, if you google "tapioca recipes", you'll come up with 818,000 results (which I won't list here), so knock yourself out. If you do try this one, let me know how it turns out!
Until next time.