With the lower humidity and the absolutely gorgeous sunny 75 degree day, how can you not be fall inspired? I wanted to cook something different for our Sunday dinner. (the usual is spaghetti) . Pinterest, as I have mentioned is my go to place for anything cooking and I saw a recipe for gumbo ! I’m a very small bit Cajun if you claim having lived in Louisiana 🙂 My very Texan husband says that it does not count. Anyway, I’ve always heard you start with a roux. The roux takes patience. Like 30-45 minutes of patiently stirring until you have a light brown mixture that turns dark brown. For me, this is no problem with a good bottle of wine. Yep, easy passing of time.
So the roux recipe called for 1 cup of flour and 2/3 cup of vegetable oil. Of course we only had 1/3 cup of vegetable oil. As it turns out you can use any fat. So I added olive oil. The picture on the left is what you start with, then 40 minutes later you get the picture on the right.
I thought the gumbo came out a little bland. So I kept adding Tony Chacheres. I even added a little Tabasco sauce. My son thought it was great and my husband says it was too spicy!! The end result looked like the picture at least!
It might have been a little better if I had used homemade broth. And the recipe suggested “Joe’s Stuff Cajun Seasoning”. Which I have never heard of. I love a good gumbo. This one had andouille sausage, chicken, shrimp, onions, green pepper and celery. At least this one was made from the heart with the best intentions! That’s how it is around here. I have a picky bunch. My husband and son eat pretty much meat with very little vegetables and my daughter eats vegetables and fish only. I would prefer to eat like her, but I do have the boys as I call them to feed as well. My daughter commented on the huge mess that is left behind. There are three pots to clean and bowls and cutting boards to clean and put away. I think I get an “E” for effort…there is some self validation! Here is the thing, at least I know what was in my gumbo. We went to a restaurant in Galveston and my nephew ordered gumbo. Let’s just say that the ingredients are not what I would put in my gumbo. I love my family, and will always try to make things they will enjoy. Somethings are a hit and some things are a miss and that is just life. I have a friend who says she can’t cook. Nonsense! Anyone can cook. Not every dish has to be perfect. If you are hungry enough, you’ll eat 😉