This entry is part 3 of 10 in the series Cooking With Oats

Posted by Mike aka Mightily Oats

Howdy, y’all! Welcome to another episode of Cooking with Oats.

Today we are going to explore the dark and mysterious arts of Cajun cuisine. Cajun cooking can trace its roots directly to settlers from the great bogs of central France who, though they loved their homeland, found it to be lacking in giant alligators, devastating hurricanes and mosquitoes big enough to be ridden into battle. After establishing themselves in the New World and failing to sell their services as light airborne cavalry they fell upon hard times. With no means of bringing money into their coffers they were forced to live off of the land. This involved dredging the bottom of the bayous and throwing anything that moved into a cooking pot. At the time this was looked down upon as ‘I-dare-you to-eat-that cooking’, but after working with the same PR agency that worked with Apple Computers and the Catholic Church it has become ‘haute cuisine’.

To really get to the soul of Cajun cooking I needed to get to the heart of the bayou and get my hands dirty. I rented a chalet in southern Louisiana, booked my flight, strapped on my cooking pot and headed for the airport. Read the rest of this entry »