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Finally got some rain ...

and some wind gusts which nearly blew me off the roof as I was trying to secure a tarp.

It's already over and the sun's peeking through so hopefully things will dry out enough that I can continue nailing up my shingles. I started on the third bundle I bought yesterday so I may have to make another trip for a few bundles until I can get someone to help me out with a truck. They are also extremely heavy, if anyone has had any experience trying to carry one on your shoulder ... instant bruise city.

I had a nice surprise from one of the daughters of my neighbor next door. Mr. Louis is 81 and has severe health problems and has been in and out of the hospital. I've had to help carry him back inside a few times because he has these terrible spells when he becomes virtually comatose.

Anyway, the family is always saying how they appreciate my help (I think it's a privilege to help someone like that, to be honest) and today his daughter Kim brought over a quart container of the following:

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That's genuine Louisiana Seafood and Chicken Gumbo. I had this bowl for lunch and I can tell you it was good. I don't know if anyone has ever had it in a restaurant outside Louisiana but, if you haven't, accept no substitutes. Either make it yourself or have it in a real Louisiana restaurant (or in someones home) if you want the real thing. I shudder to think what some restaurants might be passing for New Orleans/Louisiana cooking across the country.

Anybody want a recipe? I'm pretty busy but I may put one together for special friends in the near future.

Times a-wastin' ... back to my work!


May. 7th, 2006 09:38 pm (UTC)
What is the red things?
May. 7th, 2006 09:56 pm (UTC)
This seafood gumbo has whole blue crab in it (the hard shell and swimmers having been removed). What you see are the claws(they turn red when cooked) which are edible inside. The white lump meat is still in the body cavities.

In a "nice" restaurant, you might get some lump crab with shrimp and oysters and a claw or two for decoration. Real Louisianians put the whole crab (cut up) into their gumbo although smaller "gumbo crabs" are used.
May. 7th, 2006 11:30 pm (UTC)
Wow, and I have a shell fish allergy :(

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