Fat Tuesday

by - Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Here in Mississippi, with us being so close to Louisiana, Mardi Gras is a huge thing! Granted I have never been, and I am not sure if I will ever go, but Mike has been and said it was unlike anything he had ever witnessed. Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday, referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday the very next day! So basically if I understand the tradition correctly then Fat Tuesday is a day to get it all out of your system before the very holy time of Lent. Now since I have never been to Mardi Gras I cannot elaborate on it at all but what I can elaborate on is FOOD. Since moving to Mississippi I have really developed a love for Cajun food and the goodness that it is. I seriously cannot get enough! I am still working up to shucking a crawfish(I doubt I ever will) but I love the taste of them! Here are my favorite Cajun dishes to have regularly

This pot was actually made by a guy on my Relay for Life team for the fundraiser we had last week! I asked for the recipe but it is a family recipe so I respected the secrecy! It was delicious.

This is a shrimp and andouille gumbo that I made and although I was told that 'real' gumbo does not have corn, it was really good. The corn came from the frozen gumbo vegetables that I used to make the recipe a lot easier and quicker. As for me, I will probably still use the frozen veggie mix. Ain't nobody got time to prep a complicated recipe on a weeknight! 

I am putting this one in here for Mike. He loves boiled crawfish and cannot wait until the season begins every year! The crawfish are boiled very similarly to the low country boils we have in SC. They are usually served with corn on the cob and red potatoes. Like I said I will not shuck them but I will eat them! They taste like mini shrimp to me.

Crawfish Nachos
Although these are not Cajun they contain crawfish and they are literally one of the tastiest foods on the planet. If I had to be executed I would request Crawfish Nachos from Huck's Place in Columbus, Mississippi to have on my dying day! They are THAT good! They make their own potato chips and damn it doesn't get any better! If I ever move from this area this will be one of the things I'll miss most!

My friend Meghan and her mom Carla, who are from Opelousas, Louisiana, were kind enough to give me some of their favorite Cajun recipes and so far my favorite of those is Crawfish Elegant. It was amazingly creamy and delicious and I cannot wait to try more of the recipes they gave me! 

Laissez les bons temps rouler

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  1. Aw Laissez bon temps rouler to you too! I loved this post and like I told you last week you absolutely must go because I know that you would fall in love!

    Lots of Love, Natalie