Monday, February 16, 2015

Jazz Kitchen

Spicy Creole food on the stove...


bright purple, green, and yellow beads...



brassy notes of jazz and blues...



It must be Mardi Gras! Though this fun and festive holiday is typically not celebrated by most Californians, we break out the beads each year in honor of one of our favorite cities in the world--New Orleans!



This year we stuffed our bellies with shrimp étoufféand red beans and rice. We got the recipe from one of the yummiest spots in New Orleans, the world famous Gumbo Shop





We also made some traditional king cake with purple, green, and yellow Mardi Gras sprinkles! 



Cheers to Fat Tuesday!




~ Jess & Nel ~

24 comments:

Susie said...

Hey girls, pass the tums...LOL. I would love some of that spicy food. That is the reason I would love to visit New Orleans, the food. Well and the buildings. Blessings to you, xoxo,Susie

angie said...

awwwwww!!! hugs, angie

Teresa said...

Show some mercy for the souls who packed lunch to work this morning in a brown bag ahahahah
I love Spicy, I love Seafood so I'd be great in New Orleans... or your home.
Once I read a novel and the story went in New Orleans and I surrendered to their ways. So if I ever cross Atlantic I'm heading there and it might even cure my distaste for Carnival ahahahah
Wishing you fun filled days,
Teresa

Deserae said...

The food looks sooooo yummy!! Have fun with the festivities :o)
~Des

Bety said...

Sounds spicy and delicious! Happy Holidays!

Jess said...

What amazing images of the food and beads! I don't know anything about mardi gras so this is very inspiring for me to see how you celebrate. Thankyou Sheri Jess and Nel, have fun!
Jess xx

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Oh my goodness, makes me hungry and long for a little fun in The Big Easy!
Jemma

Beauty Follower said...

mmm yummy shrimps!
Cheers to you too ;)

Dee said...

Ooohhh I love those wonderful pictures. I'm not a big fan of spicy foods, but I still want to go to New Orleans one day. It always seems like such a fun place to visit... :)

Cranberry Morning said...

Seafood isn't my thing, but New Orleans always seems so exotic, would love to visit it one day, and like to see the historic buildings.

Patricia said...

What fun! love New Orleans and Mardi Gras :)

TARYTERRE said...

A wonderful time to celebrate, indeed. ENJOY! I read this after I put the finishing touches on a pot of chicken étouffée. CHEERS! Happy Mardi Gras.

Imogen said...

I adore the colourful pretty beads. Wouldn't mind some of this tasty cooking right now.

Sola Scriptura said...

The Mardi Gras sprinkles are fabulous!

Rue said...

What a great way to celebrate! Everything looks tasty, especially those cocktails ;)

Things and Thoughts said...

Wish I could visit those areas and taste the food!Your photos make evrything so appetizing...
A warm hug
Olympia

Debra Turner said...

That's my kind of eating!

I happened to feature a no knead bread today on my blog that would go very well with your spicy gumbo! I would love to know how to make that!

I got the baby two years in a row when a coworker who went to school in New Orleans ordered King Cakes for our department. The cakes reminds me of coffee cakes.

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Oh, I can practically taste it all! Yum! Is there anything better than Jazz? I think not! Happy Mardi Gras! xo Karen

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

WOW, I am really late...it's already Ash Wednesday! Happy celebration, girls! Anita

Tassell, Tea pot, and life down under said...

Truly delicious! We celebrate Mardi Gras here down under around March. Hope you have a good week my dear.

Hugs,
Aida

Magia da Inês said...


Passei para uma visita.
Um belo post!
Muito encantada com o bolo colorido.
Boa semana! Beijinhos do Brasil.
。ه✿ྋ°•..

Jody and Stan said...

Happy Mardi Gras!! Everything looks so festive and the food looks delicious!!
Hugs,
Jody

miss b said...

It looks like you had a fun time and quite a feast there. Everything looks so tasty and colourful. We had our traditional pancakes which I love with lemon juice and sugar and we ate far too many of them! No wonder Shrove Tuesday is often referred to here as Pancake Tuesday!

Keri Lou said...

Oh wow I never knew that about Mardi Gras and the food looks amazing. We are bog fans of jazz music and woudl certainly love that! Great to have a little time to myself to stop by your blog again hope you are all well xxx