Tuesday, July 7, 2009

A Fabulous Cajun Dinner + Rain Sweet Rain

When my daughter called and invited us over for dinner, I was absolutely thrilled because she is a fabulous cook, in her own right, and everything she cooks is divinely delicious. Guess that maybe she inherited that Cajun cooking gene that runs so prominently in my mother's family. And she did not learn to cook from me, as her childhood years were spent as a vegetarian and she didn't even like the smell of meat or seafood and didn't hang around my kitchen much, unless we were baking.

Well, when I arrived, I was pleasantly surprised to see the lovely table scape that she had prepared with a pretty tablecloth and candles. And the menu was incredible! Pesto Crawfish Tortellini & Broiled Tilapia w/ sun dried tomatoes and capers & fresh steamed broccoli & garden salad. Wow! I was totally impressed, since this was the first seafood meal that she has prepared for me. To say that I was proud of her culinary skills would be an understatement!  The Crawfish Tortellini was fabulous and the fish was out of this world! When I asked her for the recipe, she said that she made it up and never measures anything! Maybe she was watching me cook, back then, and I just didn't notice. Oh, cest bon, cher!

Rain Sweet Rain

For the first time in weeks, after 19 straight days of relentless heat, with temperatures 97 degrees or higher, we finally got some glorious, wonderful rain! In all, 3 to 5 inches, in Lafayette. It started last night around dinnertime with a real pour down and thunder and a bit of lightning. My son was driving in it and had to pull over into the C.C. Coffeehouse parking lot to wait it out. He captured a video clip of the rain from his car. Then again last night, we were awakened to the thunderous sounds of yet more storms blowing through Cajun Country. This time, it flooded the streets and made some impassable. Hooray! Finally, some water from the heavens soothing the scorched earth, the sugar cane crops, and the very souls of the people in Cajun Country. Oh, to feel 83 degrees and a nice breeze, today! A very nice break and I intend to enjoy every second of it! I am packing for an impromptu get away and may be away from my blog desk for a day or two. Meanwhile, let the good times, roll, cher!


Joanne said...

Yay, it worked ... I sent some of our New England rain your way ;)
We're still waiting on some sunshine.

Have a wonderful getaway, enjoy!

Kora Bruce [Dixie Lust] said...

Oh my... the food sounds amazing! Your posts always make me sooo hungry.

This morning I went to work in a cardigan and jeans thinking it'd be cooler in the office with our new air conditioner and all the rain... Nope, the storm knocked out our power! Not complaining though...

Nancy said...

My daughter is also a fabulous cook. She is much better than I am, as she doesn't use recipes except for the first attempt at a dish. This menu sounds wonderful, she obviously loves you to cook such a lovely meal and set such a beautiful table.

Glad you finally got some rain to cool things off and give the plants a little drink. It's been very cool here today with winds. Not many people on the lake in boats.

Kat said...

Oh, how I love the rain. We, too, got 2" wonderful inches of the rain and I even cut some grass in a drizzle.
Hope you enjoy your getaway.
Daughter's meal sounds delicious.

Katherine Roberts Aucoin said...

I'm so glad ya'll finally got some rain. i just hope with this heat it doesn't bring on a bad hurricane season.

Angie Ledbetter said...

What a beautiful meal your daughter fixed. The nut doesn't fall far from the tree. :)

We've finally gotten some rain here in BR too. Did ya ever think we'd see the day we were praying hard for the wet stuff?

Marguerite said...

Joanne- Thanks so much for sending some rain our way. It was wonderful! Hope that you get some sunshine soon!

Kora- Wow, Kora, I didn't know that some lost power. Doesn't that just figure? I said that I'd never complain about rain, again, either.

Nancy- Thanks for your kind comments, cher. I agree with Angie, "The nut doesn't fall far from the tree".

Marguerite said...

Kat- Thanks, my getaway was great, but I didn't want to leave. lol That was some getaway that you had out in L.A., for your daughter's wedding! The pics were fantastic!

Katherine- So good to see you, cher! The weather is supposedly changing into an El Nino pattern. But lest we forget, Hurricane Andrew hit during El Nino. Glad that you don't have to worry about that, anymore.

Angie- Thanks, cher! You are so right about that.(the nut) It's all in the genes. And no, I never thought I'd be praying that it would rain, either, but I have been a lot lately. lol