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The Gallery of Regrettable Food is very funny, and full of really dreadful pictures of food - but vanishingly few recipes. I rather wondered (at some of them, not all!) if the recipe itself wouldn't be tasty enough, and the fault was just to lay at the feet of the 1970s era photography. As a collector of craft books, I can tell you that even some (some, certainly not all!) of the truly awful-looking 1970s patterns, when made with good quality (modern) yarn, can be quite pleasing. Chunky capes can become elegant shawls and whatnot. And the lack of a 1970's hairdo doesn't hurt... Anyway, when I did finally stumble across a recipe, I decided to give it a go.

This is the mockable picture in the book. And it does, indeed, look dreadful. But the recipe itself (which closely resembles the cake made with a can of soda) did not look bad. And, yes, cottage cheese might be a little odd, but crepes are filled with weird savory cheeses, so why not? And fruit and cottage cheese go together wonderfully! Still...

That does look dreadful. The presentation... the plating... and especially the lack of color. But I had faith in the recipe, so I gave it a go. And, while I am not a professional photographer, I do think my snapshot shows the dish in a much better light:

What a difference! And the taste? Really good, actually. I will admit the 7-up is a gimmicky bit, you really could just make regular pancakes or crepes and get the same effect (and if you make your pancakes from scratch - hubby likes the buttermilk pancakes from good ol' Betty Crocker - it would probably be even better. I'm not hugely fond of pancake mixes).

 


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