Just in case you are planning a move down here to South America, you should know that Zatarain’s hasn’t made its way down here yet so bring your gumbo recipe with you.
I grew up in Tennessee which is not that far north of New Orleans, especially compared to where I live now. Because of that, I have been exposed to my fair share of Cajun food and that is something that I miss here. I hope not to offend anyone with the following statement. Although Chile is an amazing country on so many levels, the cuisine has no imagination. It consists of fresh, yet very plain ingredients. Someone needs to introduce some flavor down here.
This is a very simple pasta and it was my first attempt at Cajun food since we have lived here. It would have taken me much less time to make if it were not for the shrimp situation…..
Have you ever bought something that you thought was a good deal and it ended up costing you way more than it was worth? For example, there was a time that we received a parking ticket while trying to buy this specific spatula that was on a really good sale. At the time, we thought we could just run in and get it and save a lot of money. We later called it the thousand dollar spatula because it represented the parking ticket. No, it wasn’t really a thousand dollar parking ticket but a little exaggeration makes life more interesting, don’t you think?
Anyway, I was talking about shrimp. So, yeah, the shrimp that I was going to rinse, heat, and throw in to complete my quick and easy dinner ended up being de-shelled but not deveined. Do you have any idea how annoying it is to de-vein shrimp? This happened to be extra small shrimp which made it even worse. Between me and my sympathetic mom, I think it took close to 45 minutes to get it ready to cook. We estimate that between the cost of the shrimp, which is expensive here, and the cost of labor and time that we spent prepping it, this shrimp cost us about 40 dollars. Caviar, anyone?
I don’t know that it was worth it but the shrimp did complete the dish. You can’t have Cajun without some form of seafood.