money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy crawfish
An étouffée is a spicy Cajun stew made with vegetables and seafood. It seems that étouffée is a French word meaning ‘smother’ or ‘suffocate’, which maybe explains why this dish is found in Creole and Cajun cuisines.
It seems that Creole is New Orleans city food, created by people who wanted to stay in the swamp and not go back to Spain or France.
Last week from Joy the Baker, I featured a fabulous recipe for shrimp étouffée risotto. Joy suggests that you cook this dish together ~ whatever floats your boat.
Shrimp Étouffée Risotto
From Imma at Immaculate Bites there is this very fine recipe for a classic shrimp étouffée. It is a pretty quick and easy dish for any dinner-time of the week. Imma also has a recipe for Creole Cajun seasoning that will go well with your étouffée.
This from Taste of Home, a crawfish étouffée. We don’t even have the word ‘crawfish’ in English English. It all sounds so Southern. The dish is featured in 30 Southern Skillet Recipes.
A recipe for Louisiana Crawfish Étouffée from Ashley Kirkland at All Recipes. Just what is a crawfish anyway?
Louisiana Crawfish Étouffée
From that interesting part of the deep south we also get Shrimp Gumbo. This dish from Simply Recipes by Elise Bauer.
And finally for this week a Classic Creole Sauce from The Spruce Eats, written by Diana Rattray.
Classic Creole Sauce
Loretta Lynn was from Louisianna
Cooking is fun, eating is fine, clearing up afterwards is a drag.
If, like me, you like cooking but don’t like clearing up afterwards, then cooking in foil packets is one way to cut down on the mess. And, don’t believe the urban myth that aluminium foil is bad for your health ~ you can wrap food in it, and you can cook in it, and it won’t hurt you one little bit.
You can use foil packets to cook on the grill, in a fire-pit, in the oven, (and I’ve even baked potatoes wrapped in foil in the engine bay of a sports car). Using a packet like this helps to seal in the flavours, and keeps your food moist and tender.
Add your herbs, spices, and other seasonings to the foil packet, but it’s also a good idea to use a flavouring that will add moisture to the meat, fish, or vegetables you’re cooking ~ for example; lemon, orange, honey, butter, olive oil…..
Chungah Rhee at Damn Delicious has a fantastic recipe for Asian salmon cooked in foil ~ and trust me, this is a brilliant way to cook salmon. This dish uses fresh ginger and lots or garlic, as well as honey ~ all on the superfoods list.
Asian Salmon Cooked in Foil
Another salmon dish from from Chungah, and we have this seriously easy and seriously good recipe for lemon dill salmon in foil. Really this great looking dish is a 30 minute effort, tops. And, I’m pretty certain anyone can make a great job of cooking this damn delicious dish.
Lemon Dill Salmon in Foil
For a mid-week dinner or a weekend lunch here’s a recipe for a hearty potato dish you can prepare ahead ~ sausage, potato, and green bean foil packets. If you have an oven in the lunch room you could cook these packets at work, or you could cook them ahead and eat them cold, or whatever… And, you could swap bacon for the sausage…
Sausage Potato and Green Bean Foil Packets
From San Diego’s Averie Sunshine archive I have chosen this foil pack lime cilantro salmon. This is so easy to make, and it will be ready to eat in 10 minutes ~ you heard me right, just 10 minutes to produce this wonderful tasty, and very healthy dish.
Foil Pack Lime Cilantro Salmon
I know how much you like recipe collections, so from Wide Open Eats here are 20 foil packet recipes making dinner a breeze ~ how cool is that? Anything that makes mid-week dinners easier is a good idea. Included in this collection is a great recipe for lemon chicken and asparagus from Creme de la Crumb.
Lemon Chicken and Asparagus
From Taste of Home we have a collection of 30 Wrap-and-Cook Foil Packet Recipes, including this delicious-looking crab and shrimp stuffed sole. If you can get a decent Dover Sole this would make a fabulous dish ~ even for your high-end dinner party for two.
Crab and Shrimp Stuffed Sole