Wednesday, August 29, 2007

New Orleans Cuisine

Gumbo Shop Creole Cuisine, originally uploaded by ygonno.

"The minute you land in New Orlenas, something wet and dark leaps on you and starts humping you like a swamp dog in heat, and the only way to get that aspect of New Orleans off you is to eat it off. That means begnets and crayfish bisque and jambalaya, it means shrimp remoulade, pecan pie, and red beans with rice, it means elegant pompano au papillote, funky file z’herbes, and raw oysters by the dosen, it means grillades for breakfast, a po-boy with chowchow at bedtime, and tubs of gumbo in between. It is not unusual for a visitor to the city to gain fifteen pounds in a week – ye the alternative is a whole lot worse. If you don’t eat day and night, if you don’t constantly funnel the indigenous flavors into your bloodstream, the mystery beast will go right on humping you, and you will feel its sordid presence rubbing against you long after you have left town”…
(Tom Robbins, Jitterbug Perfume)

It's 2 years from that miserable day when hurricane Katrina arrived at New Orleans. A day later (August 30th) the levees which supposedly were protecting the city broke, letting in the water, which covered 80% of the city. One way of supporting New Orleans, in my opinion, is keeping is culture alive. And culture and food are two inseparable things. As a person who eats neither seafood nor meet, I am sure there is a lot I'm missing out on in terms of NOLA cuisine. The only two things that I have tried are the Cajun spice (I even found a few recipes online, which I am going to try - I love making spice mixes from scratch!) and pecan pie... So I am urging you share with other readers any favourite dishes, recipes, restaurants in New Orleans... It's a small gesture that I think is meaningful.

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