Good Gumbo

Good GumboMy sister fixed a gumbo this past weekend. She gifted me with a quart container that was brimming with shrimp, oysters, crabmeat, tomatoes and roux. Good golly, but it was a delicious surprise. My sister, Jan, lives just a few miles from me. She’s a great cook, so when she offered to leave a quart of gumbo at the bottom of her stairs, I leapt at the opportunity for gumbo.

She also gave me a generous serving of rice: 1/2 white rice, 1/2 cauliflower rice. My sister is following a keto diet lately. She’s lost over 20 pounds on the low carb plan. She prepared white rice for her husband, and cauliflower rice for herself. This was my first experience with cauliflower rice. It was good with gumbo, but, honestly, anything is good with gumbo.

This morning, I woke to temperatures in the 40s again. I opened the windows, and because of a strong breeze, the house has quickly cooled down. I needed something warm to eat. Rarely do we have cool mornings like this in April, so I skipped my usual breakfast of a protein shake blended with frozen bananas and blueberries. Nothing cold for breakfast today. It was hot seafood gumbo and coffee for breakfast.

Blessings Box2After a gumbo breakfast, I drove a few blocks to the Women’s Center in downtown Abita Springs. There’s a blessing box in front of the Center that is modeled after the little library design. Instead of books, it holds non-perishable foods for those in need. Since the Women’s Center is closed, a few of us are filling the box as needed. I added apples, pancake mix and coffee.

Not everyone can afford to fix a pot of gumbo, I suppose, with so many jobs lost in this present time. I can’t fix gumbo for anyone who wants it. I can offer an assortment, a gumbo of sorts, of what’s in my pantry.  The blessings box reminds me of the story of Jesus feeding 5,000 with a loaf of bread, a few fish, and his Father’s blessing. If we just give what we have – a loaf of bread and few fish, or even good gumbo – then God can multiply our resources.

 

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7 thoughts on “Good Gumbo

  1. Here are some true confessions. Never had gumbo. I’ve had jambalaya, though, is that the same thing? Don’t know what’s roux and never heard of cauliflower rice. Mind enlightening me a bit, perhaps even with a recipe.

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  2. A jambalaya is a rice dish similar to the Spanish dish, paella, or the Latin dish, arroz con pollo. A gumbo is a thick soup served with rice. A roux is the base for a gumbo. A roux is equal parts oil and flour stirred over a low flame until it’s a dark brown color. A light roux is also used for other Cajun and New Orleans dishes. As far as a recipe for gumbo, it’s like a stew or soup. Most cooks don’t do it the same each time. You can try an internet search. Emeril Lagasse has a good gumbo recipe. Cauliflower rice is all the rage now in the US. It’s not rice, it’s just finely grated cauliflower. Saute the grated cauliflower with a bit of oil or butter. Bags of frozen, shredded cauliflower are in all the supermarkets here. Buen provecho!

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  3. “Anything is good with gumbo.” Madam, you know how to cut to the chase. Truer words were never written.

    Even though I am a fan of gumbo, cauliflower rice leaves me cold. That may be because I am not fond of cauliflower. But you have given me the desire to try it once again. I need to pick up my laundry today. I will buy a head of cauliflower, as well. Thanks for the inspiration. And I see a gumbo in my future.

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