Friday, August 30, 2013

French Quarter Fritter Batter - a weekend recipe


If you visit New Orleans for its Cajun and Creole cuisine, you’ll soon discover the many desserts synonymous with the venerable city. The Big Easy is probably the fritter capital of the world. Known in New Orleans as the beignet, the fritter can combine with almost any fruit to create an exquisite desert. Think apple, banana, or cherry fritters. Let your imagination go wild. It all starts with the fritter batter, and here is the recipe. Hey, if you can't visit New Orleans soon, read my French Quarter mystery Big Easy and take a trip in your mind.
Ingredients 

·         1 cup flour, sifted
·         ½ cup water, cold
·         2 eggs
·         ½ cup sugar
·         1 Tbsp. olive oil
·         2 Tbsp. brandy
·         ¼  tsp. salt
Directions
Separate the eggs. Beat the whites into a thick froth and reserve. Add the yolks to the flour, and then beat until very light. Add the sugar and blend well. Add the brandy and beat lightly, and then add water and oil to make the batter the consistency of a thick starch. Add the egg whites and beat well. The batter is now ready for the desired fruit needed to create your amazing Creole dessert beignet. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Vivian Louisiana, Circa 1944 - a pic

Here is a picture of my grandfather's filling station. The person on the far left is my Uncle Grady Pittman, the man to his left Lee Edge, and directly to his left my Grandfather Big Jim Pittman. I don't know the other two men in the picture. Love the old cars.

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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Geese Flying South

After several days of rain, today was unseasonably cool, feeling more like late October than mid-August. On my evening walk, I readied my camera to take a picture of the unusually red sky when I heard the unmistakeable sound of geese coming toward me. I snapped a picture of three geese and barely had time to zoom in and take a picture of the formation that quickly followed. Though they were headed south, it seems a bit early for their yearly migration. Don't know, though. Maybe we're in for a really cold winter. If it is, it'll be the first one we've had in central Oklahoma in a very long time.

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Friday, August 09, 2013

Mama Mulate's Okra with Crawfish and Tomatoes - a weekend recipe


Mama Mulate, voodoo mambo and Tulane English professor in my murder mystery Big Easy, has a garden in the backyard of her house in inner-city New Orleans. Okra is her favorite vegetable and she uses it in many of her dishes. She also grows big, juicy, Creole tomatoes. When she combines Louisiana crawfish with her okra and tomatoes, she creates a unique dish you have to taste to believe. Check it out! While your at it, check out Big Easy for only 99 cents on Amazon, BN, Apple iBook's, Kobo, and Smashwords.

Ingredients 

·         1 lb okra, trimmed and sliced
·         1 ½ lbs crawfish tails
·         3 Tbsp butter
·         1 onion, medium, coarsely chopped
·         4 tomatoes, large, peeled, seeded and chopped
·         ½ c Balsamic vinegar
·         2 Tbsp lemon juice
·         1 Tbsp parsley, fresh, chopped
·         Salt and pepper
·         Hot cooked rice 

Directions
Combine oil and butter in a large skillet and heat until butter is melted. Add onion and bell pepper, and toss to coat evenly. Stir in okra and cook, medium heat, until onion is translucent.

Add tomatoes, Balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, parsley, salt and pepper. Simmer and stir until tomatoes soften. Add crawfish and continue cooking for about 5 minutes. Serve with rice.
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