As winter progresses, my thoughts turn to crawfish. The vigil. Waiting for the word. Oh, Jennifer! When will Hawk’s Crawfish re-open? As of January 8th, still no date on the horizon. Some years we have to wait until March. But it’s worth it. Like waiting for Ruston peaches or Ponchatoula strawberries — better to wait for the best and enjoy them for as long as they last.
In the meantime, thankfully, we have frozen crawfish tails. Not like that’s a hardship. So as always in the winter, I’m looking for ways to add sunshine and warmth to the dishes I prepare. And I thought Thai red curry would pair nicely with the crawfish, which it did. Carrots, asparagus and orange are particularly delicious with crawdads, though they’re not often used in crawfish dishes. This one-pot meal comes together quickly. And it delivers the goods: crawfish, heat, crisp veg and a sauce you’ll want to spoon up.
To accompany the dish, I’ve added an exotic salad dressing to the menu. When I lived in Boston, back in the day, my roommate, Sandy, and I were devotees of a restaurant that served a uniquely flavored dressing. We never knew what was in it, but I finally figured out it was miso and tahini. I realize that miso is not paleo, and I include it because it’s fermented. It’s one of the ways that ancestral cooks used a long, slow process to tame difficult-to-digest foods like soybeans, making them digestible and nutritious. If you’d rather not go there, no prob. Chacun son goût. I salute your taste and your preferences.
I hope you may have noticed a difference in my photos. Harris gave me a (tiny mind is blown) Canon dSLR for Christmas. It is intimidating. And a blast. I realize now why people take hundreds of shots to get one really outstanding photo. I’m seeing things I didn’t see before. And starting to get a feel for telling a visual story. It will be a long and interesting quest. And I’m so enjoying this new adventure.
Harris and I went to Lafayette to see Diane Schuur last Friday night. What a great show! Diane is one of Harris’s favorite jazz singers. She was fabulous. And witty. At one point she mentioned wanting to go to Tippytoe, Louisiana. A woman sitting nearby called out that it was Thibodaux. I think I like Tippytoe. Should be a song in there somewhere. Her second set included the UL Jazz Ensemble — a group Harris played in when he was a student at UL, so that was a treat, too. What an honor for these musicians to play with such a legendary talent!
Over supper on Saturday night, Harris and I played with my new iPad (Thank you, Alli and Michael!) and listened to a bunch of tunes on Spotify prompted by our night out. This week’s playlist reflects the artists and songs Harris pointed me toward in my exploration of jazz. I’m so happy that he’s patient and enthusiastic about jazz. It’s not an easy path to understanding and appreciating this complex music, but I’m learning! I hope you enjoy the tunes as well. Hands down, Harris’s ideal in jazz singing is Ella Fitzgerald. And when Ella was coming up, she idolized the Boswell Sisters from New Orleans, so I’ve opened the playlist with one of their songs. Stay warm and be merry!