fellow home chefs...
The hot summer days are here...but... the cookin'
In Cajun land you don't see many gumbo's cooking
during the hot months... in fact (for some) it becomes a "mental block" when it comes to
summertime gumbo. Hot weather = no
gumbo! Kick the fan on and let's cook! Here's
some gumbo facts.
It takes just about as long to cook a 1/2 gallon
gumbo as it does to cook a 3 gallon gumbo. With that in mind when
you cook a gumbo cook a big one and put it up in zipper lock bags in
the freezer. In fact you can do other time saving things that will
help you manage that "tight schedule", and, enjoy some
good home cooking... check
Beans, beans the magical fruit...! The
use of lentils (beans) has been traced back as far as 6750 BC in
parts of the present day Middle East. Chickpeas, lentils and Fava
Beans have been found in Egyptian tombs that date back at least 4000
years. About the same time, (around 1500 BC) parts of present day
Asia were growing and using soybeans. And Cajuns only been around a
few hundred years and it just took us a little while to figure out
what to do with them beans!
Do you know what
the "Three Sisters" are? Beans, corn and squash. Why? I
haven't a clue...! But, it's a Native American source.
Beans and grains
(rice) have a relationship in which the amino acids of each
complement one another in such a way as to form a complete
protein. I'm sure that's not what the Cajuns had in mind when
they put them were cooking Red Beans and Rice!
Beans help to reduce cholesterol while providing
excellent nutrition. When combined with nuts, seeds or grains, they
form a complete high-fiber vegetable protein. So when you cook beans
ask some of your crazy friends over!
Most beans contain only 2-3% fat. Beans are the perfect food for a
You may never have to count calories again, in South Louisiana,...
Beans contain no cholesterol, and they can help
lower your cholesterol level because they are one of the richest
sources of fiber! Most beans contain at
least 20% protein and are high in carbohydrates which provides long
lasting energy. In addition, beans provide
essential B Vitamins and Iron.
They also provide you with sound effects and
immediate changes in the "air about you" which can be both
advantageous or disastrous depending on the situation!
Now that we're finished with the science, laughs, and
history let's get to cooking these bad boys!
The most popular beans in South Louisiana are
White Beans and Red (Kidney) Beans. Lima beans come in third and
field peas (I guess it could be considered a bean) take a fourth.
Snap beans (Green Beans) rank in there too so let's not forget them! Here are
a few basic "Bean
Following are a few Bean Recipes You May Want to Try.....
White Bean Soup
Spicy Snap Beans
Ever see snap beans like these?....[Click
Do you like eggplant? This time of year eggplant
is plentiful, especially in South Louisiana. You'll mostly see
the purple variety but the green is also grown.
How about fried eggplant?... Here's my "Eggplant
And.... an old "Cajun Favorite" is Eggplant
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