To help us get inspired to try new cuisines from around the
world, Roger Mooking, host of Everyday Exotic, shares his delicious
adventures and notes from across the globe. We'll be rolling them
out every Wednesday, so be sure to check back to find out where
Roger's food adventures takes him to next.
New Orleans is unique. The people, the
feeling and most importantly, the food are what makes it so
special. I spoke to so many people who had left this city
after Hurricane Katrina who vowed never to return, but after tyring
to live somewhere else, decided to return to this amazing
city. The feeling of the city is like no other place I've
visited in my life, there's a shared sentiment of pure love
for everything that life has to offer.
N'awlins, as it's pronounced locally, is a real melting
pot of French, American, African and Creole cultures as a result of
some complicated history. The food is a testament to the
complexity of the flavours as well as its history.
I happened to arrive during crawfish season and
it seems that every family has their secret spice mix and tricks
for the best crawfish boil. This is the first time I had the
chance to suck the juice from the crawfish and eat the tiny
"mudbugs" as foreigners knew them for a long time. The one
thing that was common among all the different recipes though was
the heat, New Orleans folk don't shy away from heat which is all
good with me!
However, let's not forget gator. I tried gator as sausages,
stewed and grilled. It was definitely one of the
most tender and juicy meats I have ever tried with a very clean
flavor that has a hint of citrus almost. Tasty. Would you
try gator on a Stick?
Be sure to check out more from Roger Mooking here.
Posted: Wed, Jun 29 2011
by Guest Blogger