Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Making it to the 21st

I have neglected to mention how fantastic my weekend was (sans graduation). Graduation was NOT the highlight of my weekend – the tasty crawfish on Sunday was!

Hubby, a few friends and I drove a couple of hours south to see some other friends who we had not seen in quite some time. The boys, who have basically grown up together, acted just as boys do: eating a lot, goofing off a lot, and playing Frisbee in the yard. Can’t say the girls did much differently, though, haha!!

Did I mention the CRAWFISH???

I love living in Louisiana, and a big part of that is the food down here. The spicy, spicy food. The rich food filled with roux, seafood, and Tony Chachere’s. The CRAWFISH.



Crawfish boils are part of our culture. We stand around, peeling the crawfish tails, sucking the heads (well, some of us do that), and let our lips burn. That’s part of the crawfish appeal. If you’re lips aren’t burning, if your nose isn’t running, and if your hands aren’t covered in spices, it’s just not good crawfish.

But it wasn’t just the crawfish. It was the people. The friends I haven’t seen in so long, their parents, their family members, the friends who made the drive down to see them, and my sweet husband. It was getting the latest news (*coughgossipcough*), hearing about their jobs, listening to their anecdotes and stories.

It was a good day.

Now, though, it’s back to work, back to the grind. The next week and a half is NOT going to be extremely fun. I’ve got too much work to do, too many things that need to be accomplished, too many interviews set up. But if I can make it to March 21, everything will be GREAT.

Because, you see, on the 21st, Superman and I are going to enjoy his Valentine’s Day treat: a trip to a super duper cooking class.

But first I have to make it to that point…

14 comments:

septembermom said...

I love to watch Top Chef. The had their finale in New Orleans. I saw how loved craw fish is in Louisiana. I've never had it, but it seems to be a necessity in everyone's diet in Louisiana. All the cooks on the show just raved about the flavor. As a New Yorker, I didn't really know about crawfish before watching food shows. Sounds like you had a lot of fun. I hope you guys enjoy the cooking class!!

Sara@i.Sass said...

I'm sorry I found this post hard to read.
I am as HOTDISH as you can get.
Umm, that means bland and unfavorfull. Spice for me is garlic and salt and pepper. And thank you SO much for not posting someone sucking the head of a crawfish, cuz I'm pretty sure that would have made me barf.
Now then can I interest you in some Tator tot Hotdish, I'll put out the Tabasco for you????
:)

Beth@playinwiththepaulsens! said...

LOVE this post!

Brooke said...

cooking class together sounds fun/romantic!! :)

and for Louisiana flavor - the best i can relate is that we're having zatara's for dinner tonight - i somehow don't think that counts ;)

naomi carmen* said...

hi lois,

thanks for stopping by at my blog yesterday. we tell all our friends that eloping is the way to go, less stressful, that's for sure! hahaha...

i hear louisiana has some great cuisine, i would love to taste some. i live in utah and it's not all that great out here, especially for an island girl like myself. i grew up in aruba in the caribbean and i miss the fresh seafood!

hope to see you on my blog again sometime soon.

have a great day!!!

naomi

Kelly said...

it's always good to have something to look forward to and see the silver lining!

i'm not sure i could live in Louisiana--not because i can't spell it (i still don't think i have it right!)--but because i am allergic to seafood and can't stand the smell! i'd die!!!!! but you go on ahead and enjoy!

Rach@In His Hands said...

That is awesome. Seriously awesome. We need some of that up here in the Midwest!

misti said...

Hahaha fun times!!! We need to make it annual ;) And...I am SO proud that you tried to suck the head on the crawfish - you would fit right in in the dirty south!!

heresmycuplord said...

So with you on the crawfish! Can you believe I haven't had any yet? Happy cooking class!
Ginger

The Bayou Belles and Their Beau said...

Love me some crawfish, but the thought of touching those suckers with the cut I have on my finger is not appealing right now. Or trying to take my contacts out after eating them ... not fun. Looks like you had way fun!

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

I love rich, spicy food - but I have to admit I have never tried crawfish. Hmmm...might be because I was raised in the Midwest and currently live in the SW where Mexican food abounds. But it is definitely on my list of things to try - I know I would love it! Not sure about sucking the heads out though....

Sarah M. said...

I could NEVER eat that!!! I cried the first time I saw "naked" shrimp. (I had always had breaded shrimp before.)

Sherry said...

I'm so jealous! Oh how I miss crawfish and the other FRESH seafood of south Lousiana! Not only is it good, but the friendshp that usually comes with it via the crawfish, crab and shrimp boils are so fun and wonderful! Did I mention that I am jealous?! :)

Tanya said...

I absolutely love crawfish, it's been 6 years since I had them last.