While I have really let my blogging activities fall off the wayside for reasons intricately linked to slothfulness and a general lack of inspiration, I want to state for the record that it’s not because I have not been eating or cooking or enjoying interesting cuisine, because that would be foolish and unhealthy and ...umm physically impossible. Anyway, I found a compelling reason for a blogging comeback in the form of some recent travels to the
Okay, first up the most utterly delicious discovery of the festival was the Cochon de Lait po’boy. A po’boy is essentially a crusty baguette filled with a type of meat (e.g. shrimp, oysters, crawfish, crab, roast beef) and dressed with accompanying vegetables (usually lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, cabbage) and mayo. The Cochon de Lait is the Maserati of Po’boys in that the filling is made out shredded roasted suckling pig that has been hickory smoked for 12 hours and dressed with coleslaw, and what I guess is a horseradish mayonnaise. You can also opt to drizzle it with some of
Another delicious offering was the crawfish pasta, which was basically pasta tossed through a creamy sauce (and according to the recipe HEEEAAPPPS of butter) that had generous flecks of crawfish pieces with Creole seasoning to give it some real personality.
For sweet offerings, as it was a warm & balmy weekend in town
But nevertheless, an iced treat was a suitable way to satisfy a sweet tooth, given the summer-like weather on offer that weekend. As far as refreshments were concerned, the main offerings were the popular frozen daiquiris, iced teas, strawberry lemonades and a particular beverage that, as Australians, bemused the heck out of both myself and Vernoona. Can you guess why?
*sassy & saucy is in reference to a shout out made by the jolly (and possibly) bourbon-soused hobo we encountered, who wanted to wish us sassy AND (the emphasis was his) saucy ladies a lovely evening on our stroll through the French Quarter, and as such this has now become part of our vernacular.