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festivals, FUN :o)
One's does not get bored in Louisiana
what I told you before, and the new settler can see that very quickly...
place or so having its own festival and each city having several of them, one's
quickly can't decide where to go and what to see.
this fact that Belgian and Quebec teachers also like to organize their own parties,
and remember that Louisiana is very large (I eventually would drive 8 hours to
go to a friends' party, and the same to come back home), and you've understood
the importance of having a reliable car ;)
be generous :
A sack of 200 to 300 oysters costs only 5 or 6 dollars...
party time !
With Willy and Bella,
we started very soon : in October we held our first little party for our birthdays...
little... About fifty guests partying at the end of the world until 4 am,
it may not be called a "little party"...
stayed sleeping, I had people all over my house, even two lying on the floor in
my microscopic bathroom ! That was the old good times, son ;) !
and events multiplied at a very high rhythm this year, using many styles, ingredients
and the amazing culinary talents of Willy.
just eat them ?
never stops !
Roland, not being shy,
was taking care of the animation !
We then quickly forgot that we had to
go back to work the next day... But we did go back with full power, I tell
OK, let's talk about
festivals before going back to friends...
In Louisiana there
are festivals all year long. The most famous are the "Courir de Mardi
Gras", the Jazz Fest in New Orleans (which unfortunately became a big commercial
business), the Cajun Festival, the International Festival in Lafayette (my two
favorites)... And let's not forget the Orange Festival of my Parish, nor
the biggest of all, Mardi Gras.
aficionados will also go to the Sweet Potato, Irish, Crawfish, Shrimp, Boudin
nice, with the usual ingredients : Cajun and Creole music, many good things to
taste and eat, dozens of local handicrafts stands, hundreds of people to meet
and hours of dancing.
Anémone and me meet this veteran
who has been in Belgium during the war.
Catherine, Ness et Maria...not being serious !
in Lafayette : a hot one !
from all over the world come there to move the happy guests, even under the rain
and in the mud !
That year we went on with the party
in a café with the singers and musicians of an Antilles Band.
To party at home !
find good products.
in the kitchen !
We have Turks, Spanish and even two Belgians !
Second step :
invite friends from different
and put them to work !
Third step : enjoy in three languages
is (again) the king of the evening !
go back out : the Baton Rouge French Teachers organize a new party.
of this one : bad taste !
Dress up in the worst kitsch way
as possible (in American will say some), or disguise as a trash bin like Roland.
recipe for you ?
Take kilos of crawfish, corn, potatoes,
boiled eggs, oignons and some vegetables
Boil the whole thing
in a 50 liters pot with loads of Cajun spices. Do not follow the
instructions of the recette de la Dinde au Whisky
: 50 liters of boiling water is potentially way more dangerous than a Turkey !
your neighbors (because of the noise of the gas burner, the odors...and to invite
Boil at home
forget the friends and the beer !
the (long) cooking, cover a table outside with newspapers and prepare dozens of
Spread the cooked food over the table, and
you're ready for hours of fun with your astonished friends !
warn them before : it's all very spicy...
When it's all over,
control your urge to go to bed and get rid of the trash : with such a heat, crawfish
shells don't smell too good...
Hmm... I would certainly go back !
Especially for Mardi
Gras (next page) !
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