Today, I read an awesome blog post, What We Have Here… Is A Failure To Communicate by The ImpatientCajun. Being a Southwest Louisiana girl, living in Japan, I understand the bad news part oh too well.
I have not lived in Louisiana in over 10 years. I was born and rise in Louisiana, but I somehow missed out when the accents were handed out. I do not have the beautiful, sometimes hard to understand Southwest Louisiana accents that my family and friends have. Living in Japan, Cajun French is something of the past, as I learn Japanese words and phrases. But after reading The Impatient Cajun’s post this morning, I just wanted to say some words. Boude pronounces (boo-day) being one of them. I haven’t heard that in so long, maybe since I was a teen. Southwest Louisiana is a beautiful place, I will write a post on the area later on. Her post, made me think about the language, food, and people of Cajun Country, as it is sometimes referred to.
What exactly is a Cajun?
According to Wikipedia “Cajuns (French: les Cadiens or les Acadiens) are an ethnic group mainly living in the U.S. state of Louisiana, consisting of the descendants of Acadian exiles (French-speakers from Acadia in what are now the Maritimes). Today, the Cajuns make up a significant portion of south Louisiana’s population, and have exerted an enormous impact on the state’s culture.”
The food, the music, the language is what makes Southwest Louisiana a gem in Louisiana. So many people only know of New Orleans and Mardi Gras, but check out Mardi Gras in Lafayette, you will be in for a treat. I cannot forget about Sunday Mardi Gras parade in St. Martinville. One cannot forget about all the wonderful food there is to offer. I cooked smothered pork chops last night; it seems not often we cook Cajun foods. Oh, what I would give for a crawfish boil! Not to mention a taste of boudin or tasso for my gumbo! We are able to make cracklins, dirty rice, and gumbo here in Japan. Since I moved from Louisiana, my mom sends us a King Cake each year and even sends cracklins and other items like Jack Miller BBQ sauce.
TheImpatient Cajun gave me a walk down memory lane and made me want to go in search for catfish to have a fish fry. May just have to go my local market York Mart and get fish and make a Cajun Asian fish fry.