Mr. Lina and I have our own tradition. We pick an ethnic theme, we do some research, we throw the grocery budget to the wind and make a 3-4 course meal for ourselves. And we do it all together. This year, we decided to do a Cajun theme after having such fantastic food in New Orleans. First course was fresh oysters, second was gumbo, dinner was Pascal's Manale BBQ Shrimp and for dessert I made beignet with chicory & coffee au lait. It was SO freaking good.
If you google Pascal's Manale you'll find a ton of recipes trying to approximate it. The gist of it is shrimp with tails and ideally heads (we used fresh raw zipper back) that is baked with butter/margarine/vegetable oil, a crap ton of pepper (at the restaurant my nails were black with pepper), Louisiana hot sauce (we used a bit of tabasco), Lea & Perrins and garlic. We followed the spicing of this recipe but the process and pepper content for this recipe. It was not the same as what we had in NOLA, but that doesn't mean it wasn't delish.
And gumbo... We have made gumbo since coming back from NOLA. I didn't get to eat any while we were there, celery is just too common an ingredient and I like to breathe and have a hive free vacation. We used this recipe for a base both times. Ours is more like this:
Make a roux with flour and olive oil (we weren't using sausage/chicken so we needed more oil than they called for)
Add beer, my mom's stewed tomatoes chopped up, green pepper, onion, okra (still not sure that we're treating the okra right, I've never cooked with it until now) and hot peppers (mix from our freezer - red ones from the garden, thin green ones for Indian recipes, and a habanero that Mom brought back from Florida last year), and spices (Mr. Lina did that, I'm assuming he took those from the recipe)
Let it simmer for a while.
Add double smoked pork from Starsky's and simmer a little longer
Add shrimp and simmer until they are pink.
And K-Line, this is all your fault.
modal coming my way via my parents in Florida. Shipping will take a little longer (they should be here March 3rd) but it was only $8. And could I stop at the modal? No. A little denim, some silk for a Pendrell (yeah, I bought that when Renfrew was launched), the 25 invisible zippers for $15 bundle, sigh... yes, a few more things. But I'll post more about that when I see it.
There was a request to see my new shoes. I am happy to address that. In fact, both the shoes that I bought for the wedding and the new Nine Wests.
|Nine & Co - Nine West Outlet|
|Liz Claiborne - Winners|
|Liz C's to the left, Nine West to the right|