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Cajun Cookout

Last post 07-28-2009 5:17 AM by Cindy Winter. 2 replies.
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  • 07-27-2009 9:26 PM

    Cajun Cookout

    Now this is how you have a Cajun cookout. Plenty of Jambalaya for everyone. Done with Sargent Brush and  Bristle Oil Cloner. I've had several folks ask me just what exactly was Jambalaya so here is a explanation:

    Creole Jambalaya originates from the French Quarter of New Orleans, in the original European sector. It was an attempt by the Spanish to make paella in the New World, where saffron was not readily available due to import costs. Tomatoes became the substitute for saffron. As time went on, French influence became strong in New Orleans, and spices from the Caribbean changed this New World paella into a unique dish. In modern Louisiana, the dish has evolved along a variety of different lines. Creole Jambalaya, or red Jambalaya as it is called by Cajuns, is found primarily in and around New Orleans, where it is simply known as "Jambalaya." Creole Jambalaya includes tomatoes, whereas Cajun Jambalaya does not.

    Cajun Jambalaya originates from Louisiana's rural, low-lying swamp country where crawfish, shrimp, oysters, alligator, duck, turtle, boar, venison, and other wild game were readily available. Any variety or combination of meats, including chicken or turkey may be used to make jambalaya. Cajun Jambalaya is known as "Brown Jambalaya" in the New Orleans area; to Cajuns it is simply known as "Jambalaya." Cajun Jambalaya has more of a smoky and spicy flavor than its cousin Creole Jambalaya.[citation needed] The White French Creoles introduced jambalaya to the Cajuns and it began to show up in Cajun cuisine. But since tomatoes were rarely used in Cajun cooking, the Cajuns omitted the tomato and developed browning of the meat for color. The country song written by Moon Mullican and Hank Williams documents this type of dish.


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  • 07-28-2009 5:03 AM In reply to

    Re: Cajun Cookout

     a lovely painting, have you any idea what event this was as there is a news cameraman extreme left? Personally I prefer the cajun jambalaya, although cooking over a wood fire can give a smokey flavour slightly to the creole variety, but the tomatoes give a sweetness to the dish which is not to my taste - whatever floats your boat it is a wonderful way for a bunch of people to get together and celebrate life.

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  • 07-28-2009 5:17 AM In reply to

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     Tolouse's eagle eyes.....I would never have noticed the cameraman otherwise.

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