Jack will describe dishes that she made and he or I will try to replicate them from his descriptions, but it's pretty complicated. One dish that he remembers from his childhood in Poland is called nalesniki. (It is pronounced nothing like it looks. I think the English phonetic pronouncation would be something like: (Nah-lesh-NEE-kai) and that may actually be the Lithuanian pronunciation. Whatever. On with the story...
So, many years ago Jack wanted to create this dish that his mom used to make for him when he was a child. He didn't know what ingredients she used, but he knew the taste. He said it was like a really, super thin blintze. So, he searched through my Joy of Cooking cookbook, found a recipe for blintzes and modified it until it tasted like his mom's dish.
So, without further ado, here is Jack and his amazing Nalesnikis...
(Jack's mom used to make this as a breakfast meal, but Americans eat blintzes for dessert too, so we used it for both. Today was a dessert!)
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup lukewarm water
2 Tbsp butter, melted
1 & 1/2 Tbsp sugar (plus more for filling)
Pinch of salt
Stir or (blend in a food processor) all of the ingredients until smooth. Pour batter into a crepe pan that has been coated with a little butter. Lift the pan off the heat, tilting and rotating so that the batter forms an even, thin layer. When the top is set and the underside is golden, flip. Cook until the second side is lightly browned. Place on wax paper to cool.
For the filling. Mix together 2 parts cream cheese to one part sugar (or make it as sweet as you prefer). I like mine less sweet. Spread a really thin layer of the cream cheese onto the crepe/Nalesniki. Roll it up. Sprinkle with fruit of your choice and powdered sugar.