Cuisine Glossary

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Cajun Cuisine

Cuisine of the day In the later part of the seventeenth century, the Spanish encouraged European aristocrats to settle in South Louisiana and develop the city of New Orleans. The Creole style of cooking came from both the Europeans and from the Spanish themselves. It is a cuisine much like the French provincal style of cooking where lots of fresh herbs, spices and vegetables are used. Sauces are rich and flavorful using cream and butter. The Spanish were responsible for the generous use of spice. The Africans and American Indian also lent a hand in the mix. They brought things like okra, tomatoes and sassafras root known as felé. The Creole style of cooking is truly an elegant fare.

Cajun cooking comes not only from the French and Spanish, but also from Haiti. Much of their technique came from the French. They were, for the most part, a poor people forced from their homes time and again. Though they had much the same style of cooking they had to learn to do with much less. No fancy cream and butter; they had to do with roux and fats often in a single cast iron pot.

Source: HungryMonster Writers