NOLA is an eater’s paradise. just not a vegetarian or vegan paradise. most of my time there I took my nourishment in liquid form. walking the Quarter with a beer in each hand is a good way to get the spirit of the place. and our hotel had a nice bar and cool barkeep.
*ahem* back to the food issue: the one thing that drove me crazy was the omnipresence of red beans and sausage everywhere. with andouille sausage, natch. I didn’t ask for a vegetarian version as I suspect that may be a fast way to get run out of town. ;P
I wanted to recreate red beans and sausage at home. so armed with a package of mam papaul’s red beans seasoning, I set out to desecrate a cajun classic.
first you get your beans and soak’em
the next day the beans look like this. drain’em
let steve inspect’em
cover the beans with
water, about 2 inches over the beans
and bring to a boil. cook at a low boil until beans are soft. ~ 2 hours
now, get onions and sausage
I used boca italian sausages tasty.
chop the onion
add sausage and onions to the pot o’beans
then, get the seasoning mix
and add it to the pot
cook for another 15 minutes or so and serve
don’t look like much, but was this ever good!
vegan as prepared. rice would be nice, but it was great as is