Saturday, November 14, 2009

Cajun Weekend Lagniappe + N'awlins Creole Shrimp Gumbo

The good times have really been rolling, for the past few days here in Cajun Country. And the weather has been gorgeous, (sunny and upper 70's) which just makes a good time, even better. On Thursday night, we went to the Blues Jam, at Artmosphere, a charming restaurant/art gallery/and live music venue, all rolled into one place. The crowd was feisty and the music was great!

Then last night, it was on to the T.G.I.F weekly block party at Downtown Alive, with Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band. When I tell you that this band was hot, you know that I mean it, cher!

They had the crowd rockin' with their contemporary style of Zydeco/Rock n' Roll music and spicy performance. The scrub board player was awesome and the band really had it going on!

I stopped by the "Slap Ya Mama" ( a fantastic Cajun seasoning) booth and was given a free "Slap Ya Mama" coozie, when I told them I was taking a photo for my blog. You see, there are perks for blogging.

Here's a great video on how to make a roux and a Creole Shrimp Gumbo. Since a roux is the basis for so many Cajun dishes, it is wise to master this step. It's really easy, once you get the hang of it, and Chef Poppy shows you how! Cest bon, cher! Bon Appetit!


John said...

Thanks for putting the video on, we guys need all the help we can get!

Joanne said...

Sounds like a great weekend there in Cajun Country. You keep it rockin', Marguerite!

Angie Ledbetter said...

Very cool, sha! Great weather's continuing, hunh? Hugs

Maggie May said...

You must be rockin' all the time when you aren't cookin'! Two good things to do.

Many thanks for all you lovely comments to me.

Nuts in May

Jo said...

Thank you for the recipe. I just happen to have some shrimp, and I know how to make a roux. Guess what I will be having for dinner. :-)

A Year on the Grill said...

Thanks for the video... I am brave, and will try this soon (our weather is made for gumbo right now). Thanks for all the comments while I was gone

Eddie Bluelights said...

You all must be very fit, Marguerite, so well fed and watered (plus a dash of goodies no doubt) and so well exercised with all that dancing. I am rather envious of your ability to enjoy your lives to the very utmost - I detect total happiness which is wonderful.
Are 24 hours enough for you in the day? I mean do you actually manage to get some sleep? You are on the go all the time!! I bet Cajun people are really fit. Oh and as well as a wave blow me a little kiss so I know it's you on the video LOL ~ Eddie

Kathryn Magendie said...

Almost gumbo time!!!!!

Owen said...

How come you get to have so much fun ??? It's not fair, chère !

Marguerite said...

John- You're welcome! Hope it helps to clarify things. And you don't have to add okra. Great without it!

Joanne- Yes it was, cher! You know that I will! Today was even more fun! Have a great week!

Angie- It's been so lovely, sha! Perfect and continuing after a little cool front. Enjoy!

Maggie- That's about right! We believe in having fun! You're so welcome and likewise, thanks so much for yours.

Jo- So glad that you like the recipe! Once you make it, you'll want to have it often! Cheers!

Dave- Welcome back, so good to see you! Please do try the recipe! If anyone could make it, it would be you, cher!

Katherine Aucoin said...

The video was a great idea...not many people make a roux when they make Creole. I've seen quite a few blogs that use a mariniara or spaghetti sauce and call it Shrimp Creole and I call it "EEEWWW" - lol

Congrats on the freebies!

Nancy said...

You are such a great draw for your community! We all want to eat and dance.

Marguerite said...

Eddie- Some Cajuns,(those who dance or exercise/work out, are fit. Other Cajuns,(those who do not dance or exercise/work out, are not). The "joie de vivre", is very prominent in our culture, and it is passed on to each generation. To quote my Dad, "Have all the fun you can, baby!" And yes, I get at least seven or eight hours of sleep, a night.
Certainly, cher, I'd be happy to!

Kathryn- Change that to "It IS gumbo time!(from now to crawfish season) Thanks for stopping by, cher!

Owen- Because I live in Cajun Country with a whole bunch of people who love to have a good time, too! Wish you were here, cher! Thanks for visiting!

Katherine- Thanks, mon amis! Nothing like videos to get a recipe across. You would be great on video! We know better, huh, cher? I tried the "Slap Ya Mama" seasoning and it was so good!

Nancy- Great to see you! Merci for the sweet compliment, cher! Got to keep moving on the Cajun diet, though! If I didn't dance, I'd gain 5 lbs. per month, forever!! lol

Elizabeth Bradley said...

My French grandmother taught me how to make a roux. We've had some great weather too, makes it nice to get out and about, doesn't it?

Marguerite said...

Wow, Elizabeth, I didn't know that you were French! And blessed with a grandmother who knew how to make a roux. That is so cool!