Black-eyed Peas and Cornbread Bake

Cajun French: le pain d’maïs (lu pain d’ma-ee) – cornbread

 

PlatedBlack-eyed peas are a must in our home on New Year’s Day. It is one of those traditions and it must be carried on. We have been known to bring dishes with us as we travel and heat them in a hotel room – just so we carry on tradition.

This year, 2015, we decided to break from tradition. No, we still cooked black-eyed peas; we just did it a little differently. We cooked our black-eyed peas and cornbread together as a layered bake.

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Cajun Creole Poboy

Cajun French:  l’ail (l’a-ee) – garlic

 

PlatedFresh poboy bread, pork boudin, and red beans; all leftovers – what to do with them?  The boudin needed some help since it was not well seasoned and the red beans were very well seasoned.  The bread from Champagne Bakery in Breaux Bridge, LA was begging to be eaten and so the Cajun Creole Poboy was built.  Add Cajun seasoning and garlic and dinner is served…

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Shrimp Crostini with Pepper Kumquat Compote

Cajun French:  griller (gree-ā) – toast (bread)

 

AppitizerWe were watching “A Chef’s Life” where the chef was making a mull using muscadines and John’s creative juices started flowing.  Shrimp was already on the menu for dinner along with steamed veggies and Kumquats were in our frig just waiting to be used; dinner was getting better and better.  Bellegarde Bakery fig and pecan bread had just been purchased from our farmers market and crostini, little toasts, was in the making.  Superb dish for an entree or appetizer.

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Veggie Tart

Cajun French: la carotte (la kar-ot) – carrot

 

Tart BakedTonight dinner was to be a veggie loaf with different techniques.  Laurie was going to place a pie crust on an inverted loaf pan, bake then fill.  John was going to place the pie crust in the loaf pan, fill and bake.  Neither happened…was not a good fit.  Instead we decided to make a veggie tart and that was a perfect fit.  We used the vegetables we had on hand and built the pie using egg and cheese as a binder.  The main thing to remember is to season each vegetable to taste.  This tart will take some time since each vegetable is steamed separately, but it was well worth it.

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Savoy Stuffed Pie

Cajun French:  la tarte (la tart) – pie

 

PlatedSteamed veggies for dinner, that was the plan.  Then John’s brain went into action and a savory stuffed pie came out.  There was a pie crust and some marinara in the frig along with various fresh veggies.  Fresh spinach was in our veggie bed outside just begging to be cut so all ingredients came together for our dinner.

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Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili with Grilled Shrimp

Cajun French:  la patate douce (la pa-tat doos) – sweet potato

 

platedLaurie found a recipe for sweet potato black bean chili (http://bit.ly/1csOWxI) from Eating Well on Pescetarian Living Facebook Group.  Immediately Laurie was interested; John not so much.  But John was willing to give it a try.  We adapted the recipe to our liking and it was a hit for both of us.

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Creole Shrimp and Cabbage Jambalaya – New Year’s Day

Cajun French:  l’année qui vien (l’an-ā kee-vee-ain) – New Year

 

PlatedCabbage and Black Eyed Peas – it’s tradition on New Year’s Day.  Okay we get that and enjoy the duo every January 1st no matter where we are.  But sometimes we just need something different so creative brains went to work.  Outcome – Creole Shrimp and Cabbage Jambalaya.  We may have cooked it in an unorthodox way but it worked and was delicious!

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Cajun Shrimp Curry

Cajun French:  le coco (lu kō-kō) – coconut

 

PlatedCajun…Curry…maybe not exactly but Cajuns are adaptable and we are always using interesting ingredients.

The interesting ingredient was Coconut Cream.  We use coconut milk but had never tried cream and could not resist.  Curry naturally followed along with cashews and turmeric and then came the rest of the ingredients.  The results were amazing.  The only thing we would change or John would change is using the entire can of coconut cream so there would be more sopping sauce.

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Fennel and Spinach Sauté over Pasta

Cajun French:  le spinach (lu spinach) – spinach

 

Pine NutsWe are participating in an “Elf4Health Challenge” and it was Meatless Monday.  For us that was not a problem but we wanted something different.  Spinach was in the frig and our first thought was sauté spinach with onions and garlic.  Opening the veggie drawer, fennel showed it face and an additional ingredient was added.  As with most of our recipes ingredients were added and left out as we cooked.  The end result was amazing with the fennel adding a unique flavor.

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Fennel Pie

Cajun French:  la tarte (la tart) – pie

 

PlatedFennel made its appearance at the Farmers Market this week and Laurie was very excited.  We like to use the entire plant and are always looking for different ways to prepare the fennel.  After much discussion, we decided on a fennel pie with shrimp and other vegetables.

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