Let’s Eat Cake – Boudin King Cake

Cajun French: pétrir (pā-treer) – knead

 

IMG_6803Cajuns are an adaptable people. We take what the area offers and make it our own. So we wonder why it took not only a non-Cajun, but also a non-native Louisianan to develop the Boudin King Cake. Granted Dr. Boudin (Bob Carriker) has been living in the Lafayette area since 1997; he is not native. He calls Louisiana home and has come to embrace our culture and food. In honor of Dr. Boudin and his Boudin King Cake, we have made our own, adapting it to our tastes.

One bread recipe will make a very large king cake. We made ours in our Dutch oven so we adjusted for the size of our pot.

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Vegetable Curry

Cajun French: le cachet (lu ka-sha) – squash

 

CurryVisiting different farmers markets as we travel not only affords us various and unique vegetables but also opportunities to meet chefs, bakers, farmers, and other shoppers. The Independence, Iowa farmers market was no different. We were fortunate to visit with Chef Michael Murray-John and enjoy his vegetable curry. Michael who now lives in the Twin Cities with his wife and daughter, Lola, was previously the chef/owner of two restaurants in Wabasha, MN. We purchased his curry spice packet, which made fixing the curry very easy. Along with the packet we received the spice recipe needed to duplicate the dish. We added our own touch – onion and garlic. It is well worth the numerous spices needed…

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Pears in Wine Sauce

Cajun French: la poire (la poo-ar) – pear

 

PlatedFinding fresh fruit at farmers markets is a treat. Today we had our choice of various apple varieties and pears. Of course we went home with some of each. Poaching pears in a wine sauce has been something we have wanted to do for quite some time. So pears were on the menu for tonight. We did it and yes, they were delicious…

This is an elegant yet easy dessert…

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Tomato Salad Stack

Cajun French: le fromage (lu frō-maj) – cheese

 

platedAt the farmers market we found fresh tomatoes and our mouths were watering. Not wanting just a tomato salad, John’s creative mind went to work. The result was a tomato salad stack with a sweet/savory dressing. The best part of this salad is the taste can be changed by using different jams, dressings, and cheese. Have fun…

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Grilled Veggie Stack

Cajun French: le plat (lu pla) – dish (of food)

 

PictureWhen squash and eggplant appear at the markets, Laurie cannot resist. Living in an RV, space is at a premium and fresh produce is purchased as needed. That is except squash and eggplant – usually we purchase more than needed because there are so many different ones to choose. This week we managed to only purchase yellow squash and eggplant. Laurie was proud of herself for moderation. Grilling is a favorite cooking method of ours and tonight was grilled veggies. For a different approach we stacked the veggies and topped with grated cheese. Fresh corn was also a purchase so it was grilled also.

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Sautéed Shishito Peppers with Shrimp and Ground Cherries

Cajun French: la merise (la m’reez) – cherry

 

Rice Shrimp Peppers CherriesShopping at farmers markets while we travel brings new and different products to our table. One such find was shishito peppers. The pepper is an East Asian variety and makes great finger food. We decided to add them to our Shrimp and ground cherries to give a sweet/hot taste. There were a few leftover so we cut off the stems, chopped them and added to eggs for an excellent scramble.

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Grilled Halibut

Cajun French: le poisson (lu poo-a-son) – fish
Plate 1Grilling is one of our favorite ways to cook. Tonight we did it a little different – open fire grilling. Our travels have brought us to northern Minnesota where we were finally able to purchase fish. Halibut was available and we wanted to try something different. Even though it is not a Minnesota fish, it is something we do not normally have access to. The end result was MORE! Exactly, we wanted more and we will definitely grill this way again.

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Francis’ Potato Patties

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

 

IMG_2993Ms. Francis’ store was across the street from the local school. Since this was before the time of school lunches, she would sell hamburgers to the school children for lunch. On Friday’s, since this was a predominantly Cajun Catholic community, she would make potato patties instead of meat patties. Both of her burgers are still talked about and remembered by people today. Francis was John’s grandmother and while this is not her exact recipe, we wanted to honor her memory and the memories she left with us. Frances would use fish flakes and boiled potatoes to make her patties. We stepped it up a notch and used salmon and potato flakes.

Frances has been the inspiration for many of our dishes. In fact, we posted a potato croquette recipe a couple of years ago based on her recipe. At that time we used sweet potatoes. This one is closer to her original recipe.

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