One of the most interesting things about Cajun cooking is the fact that there are very few exact recipes. Most, if not all authentic Cajun cooking is done to taste rather than measurements. Even more amazing is that from day to day a person can do the same dish over and over and it is quite possible to taste a little different each time it’s done.The main reason for this is that besides being an art form in itself, Cajun food is often made even more delicious or mysterious simply making a cooking mood.
I’m sure many of you have watched as Emeril Lagasse makes some special concoction and exclaims “Bam!” does little good that when it comes to Cajun cooking.Something that goes beyond the ingredients in the recipe and somewhere into the heart and soul of the cook in question. There is a reason that many southern cooked dishes are referred to as soul food and you should not forget for a second that New Orleans is at the heart of the Deep South.
The most difficult thing, perhaps when it comes to preparing good Cajun dishes outside the New Orleans region is finding the right ingredients. It is nearly impossible to find fresh seasonings and spices that are essential to most Cajun cuisine outside the heart of the Old South. Not only that, but fresh crawfish and andouille meat are a little hard to come by during the heart of a Michigan winter.
If you are determined to learn to make Cajun food of your own, you must first find ingredients. Specialty food shops or those that will special order might be your best bet. There are some grocers that will carry a limited state of Cajun seasonings in their food aisles International. Keep in mind that these resources are extremely limited.Once you have the ingredients, it’s time to leave a little jazz blare from your speakers in order to set the mood. Most of the best Cajun dishes require a substantial amount of time to wave and it should be considered. Cajun food will not be rushed, as citizens of the Big Easy. Food will be ready on time and as a food cooking you have to learn to accept that for Cajun food. She has a way of letting you know when it is ready that is almost mythical until you’ve experienced it for yourself.
Cooking Cajun food will try your patience, try your talent, and in some cases kill your energy, as it tends to be an emotional process for many. At the other end however, Cajun food is some of the foods richest and most delicious on the planet. Possessing the ability to cook this wonderful food will make you a slave to its flavor for many years to come.