I am doing my best to not get bummed out by what happened two years ago. In doing that I decided instead of sharing sad memories I would share interesting facts and insights about New Orleans. Enjoy…
Oh before we begin our lesson I do ask one thing…please for the love of everything good and holy…do not name your daughter Katrina…if you do…I may push her into a puddle of mud…ok now enjoy.
First the Food…
A Cajun-made lean, spicy, smoked pork sausage that adds great flavor.
Square French doughnut, deep fried & dusted with powdered sugar. By the way they are awesome!
Herb that is ground, roasted and used to impart the unique flavor of New Orleans coffee.
Tasty freshwater crustaceans, locally known as “crawdads” or “mudbugs” (Call them “crayfish”, and they’ll know you’re not from these parts).
Rice dish sautéed with green peppers, onions, celery and variety meats.
A tangy dish, usually made with crawfish or shrimp, prepared by simmering over a slow flame.
A deep rich Cajun stew often thickened with okra or file. Some popular types are Chicken Gumbo, Shrimp Gumbo and Crawfish Gumbo.
A traditional Southern Louisiana rice dish. Well seasoned mixture of meat, vegetables and rice cooked in a single pot.
Traditional Mardi Gras cake, decorated in gold, purple and green, and served at King Cake parties throughout Mardi Gras season.
A popular New Orleans French Quarter sandwich originating along Decatur Street near the Old French Market. Ham, salami and cheese are stacked with olive salad on a round loaf of Italian bread.
Any sandwich served on French bread and usually served dressed with lettuce, tomato and mayonnnaise. Po’ Boys are made with everything from fried shrimp, oysters, crawfish and catfish to roast beef or other lunch meats.
A delicious sweet New Orleans candy made with pecans, brown sugar and cream.
A spicy sauce used with shrimp and other seafood.
Reverent slang in South Louisiana cooking for celery, onions and bell pepper, which are used in many, many Cajun recipes.
Terms you need to know…
Bayou (by’ you) Slow stream, or body of water running through a marsh or swamp.
Fais do do: (fay-do-do)
A traditional South Louisiana dance party with Cajun and Zydeco music.
Flambeaux (flam’ bo)
Lit torches historically carried during night parades
Gris gris (gree gree)
Voo Doo good luck charm
In Cajun, it means a little something extra or special.
Laissez les Bon Temps Rouler: (lez-ay lay bon tom rule-ai)
You often hear this popular Cajun phrase during Mardi Gras.
It means “Let the good times roll!”
Literally means “Fat Tuesday”, the day before Ash Wednesday which marks the beginning of Lent.
Cajun swamp boat.
Cajun country music with black influences.
Shaved ice (nearly powder) served with flavored syrups. Those of you in the north might throw ’em…..we eat ’em!
Tchoupitoulas Street (Chop a two’ les)
Interesting street name …. one of the trickiest to pronounce – and spell!
Vieux Carre’ (Vooo ca ray’) (View ca ray’)
French for “Old Quarter”, this is a term used for the French Quarter
Standard greeting–(“Where yat?” is “Hello, how are you doing?”)-
Famous people from New Orleans…
* Louis Armstrong musician;
* Truman Capote author;
* Fats Domino musician;
* Louis Gottschalk pianist and composer;
* Bryant Gumbel TV personality;
* Lillian Hellman playwright and author;
* Al Hirt musician;
* Mahalia Jackson singer;
* Dorothy Lamour actress;
* Wynton Marsalis musician;
* Huey Newton activist;
* Marguerite Piazza soprano;
* Rusty Staub baseball player;
* Ben Turpin comedian;
* Shirley Verrett mezzo-soprano;
* Carl Weathers actor;
* Del Williams football player.
* Ellen Degeneres – Funny lady.
And my personal hero…Richard Simmons…
Well, there you have it…consider yourself educated.
Everything aside…PLEASE…do not forget New Orleans in your prayers. They still need so much help. In fact I will be leading a work trip there in December…and hopefully again next year. They need all the help they can get. So please pray, give, and do whatever you can to help.
It’s impossible for me to forget so I can’t let those around me forget either…and again whatever you do…Do not name your daughter Katrina!