Chicken of the Ditch
Updated: Aug 27
Put a flower crown on her, she's the queen of Spring- she may not be the prettiest, but she's got tons of personality and brings people together around the table. Roll up your sleeves because it's about to get messy... Spring is the season to visit NOLA- French Quarter Fest is awesome & peel & eat crawfish are only available for a few months, be sure to book a tour while you're here!
Though we normally credit the Cajuns when it comes to eating anything that crawls, flies or slithers, the credit for crawfish also goes to the Native Americans who helped the settlers translate their Canadian trapping and fishing methods to the swamps and bayous. ICYMI, Cajuns are a result of the Brits kicking out French Canadians from Acadia- Nova Scotia, New Brunswick & Prince Edward Island- as part of the French & Indian War. (They hated Britain and they hated being told they had to convert from Catholics to Protestants.) When Britain captured those areas from France, they sent the Acadians back to France, but a few traveled back to the US to settle in Spanish-run Louisiana and turn swampland into profitable resources like rice and sugar cane.
It's an art, it's a science, nah it's just a skill that falls somewhere between tying our shoes and riding a bike. I LOVE to show people how to peel crawfish, I can't explain the glee I get from the ones who are a little freaked out by it. I'm really sad that part of my favorite season to give tours is ticking away, so enjoy this video of me drilling some Bon Moment tour guests how to peel and eat crawfish:
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