Hey. Welcome to my blog. I’ve thought about trying a blog for a long time. After thinking about it for days on end I decided to try it out. I’m not sure exactly what I’m doing but here goes.
What I’m going to be talking about is food. We all need to eat … food is a necessity. Some people live to eat and some eat to live. I’m the “eat to live” type. Don’t get me wrong … I love food but I don’t live to eat. Mostly I’ll be talking about the type of food I grew up eating.
I’m from South Louisiana. I was born and raised in Crowley, LA … the heart of Cajun Country. The food we have down here is very different than any other place on this planet. When most people talk about Cajun food they think all we do is put tabasco sauce in our food. This is so wrong!! It’s not the tabasco that makes our food so delicious. It’s the spices … the way it’s cooked … the ingredients we use.
I’ve been cooking since I’m 12 years old. I had to come home from school and do housework and cook. Basically … I learned to cook on my own. My mom did tell me a few things to do but for the most part I had to figure it out. There was one time in particular I was told to cook a flounder. I had never dealt with one before and wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it.
First thing I did was to scale the fish. I took a sharp knife and sliced down the middle of the back. Then I made pockets between the flesh of the fish and the bones. I chopped some crabmeat, shrimp, onions, bell pepper, garlic, green onions and garlic. I mixed this together and stuffed the pockets with the mixture. Once it was stuffed I took some tomato sauce and tomato paste … stirred those together … then poured it on top of the stuffed flounder. I baked it at 350° until fork tender. This was the first time I came up with my own recipe and it was actually pretty good.
I’ll be posting other recipes along with images. I want to share my Cajun/Native American heritage of food with you. I hope you’ll stay tuned for future recipes.