The girl was leaving us! What were we going to do!? The Balloon Festival was right around the corner!!!
We took some deep calming breaths….
She’s wasn’t leaving for good. She’s wasn’t actually taking any extra time off, really…. but… well… she didn’t even ask us if we were okay with it!
She’s was leaving the whole state! We’re not even allowed outside! Oh, the unfairness of it all.
I guess it’s kind of a compliment… she knew that she could go away for a long weekend and that she was leaving the Balloon Festival in our capable paws. M & I had it all under control. We had the Sponsors all lined up (really great friends and businesses) and the Arts & Crafts Vendors were all ready to go (can’t wait to do a bit of shopping ourselves!) and don’t even get us started about the Food Vendors (mega yum!). The Festival is going to be a huge hit! The girl could enjoy her weekend and we’d keep everything in line….. but who would look after the girl?
We discussed it…. and we decided to send Emilee with her. We knew the girl wouldn’t go for it…. she said she just needed some peace and quiet…. but we couldn’t let her go without someone! (her pet human, B doesn’t count….)
While she was gone, Emilee kept in contact us with us by text and email…. good thing the girl has an iPhone as we still have not gotten the board to approve giving us our OWN phones.
Emilee had a great time… We’re kinda jealous, but we DID have our paws full with the Balloon Festival and all… And the girl arrived home safe and sound. Whew! We were happy to hand the Balloon Festival back over to her. We needed a nap!
Emilee came back raving about Crawfish Etouffee…. on and ON! We googled “crawfish” apparently they are some kind of river bug…. that’s what they look like, anyway. Em was all wound about the etouffee and wouldn’t let us do anymore googling until we found a recipe. Here is the original recipe we found…… Crawfish Etouffee, from NOLA Cuisine.
We convinced the girl to make us a batch…. we started out just leaving the recipe up on her screen… then we sent it to her printer 14 times…. then mostly we just danced around on her desk and threw things in the floor until she agreed to bring in a pot the next day. Yay! She agreed! Subtle hints worked again!
As usual, she didn’t follow the directions…. here is what she did:
Crawfish Etouffee Recipe
1 Tbsp Cajun Seasoning
4 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
1 1/2 Cup Onion, Finely Chopped
1/4 Cup Celery, Finely Chopped
1/2 Cup Bell Pepper, Finely Chopped
2 lbs Crawfish Tail meat
1/4 Cup Flour
1 Cup Clam Juice + 3/4 cup water
1/4 Cup Minced Garlic
2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
1 tsp Hot Sauce
1/2 Cup Green Onions, thinly sliced
2 Tbsp dried Parsley
3 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
Salt & Freshly Ground Black Pepper to taste
1 Tbsp fresh Lemon Juice
Melt the butter in a large skillet, add the onions, bell pepper, celery, and 1 Tablespoon of the Cajun seasoning, saute until translucent. Add the Crawfish tail meat and saute for 3-5 minutes more. Add the flour, stirring constantly for about 3-5 minutes.
Add the water, stir well to form a paste, add the clam juice gradually, stirring constantly. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. You may need a little more water, you are looking for a gravy consistency.
Add the garlic, Worcestershire, and hot sauce, a little salt, black pepper, green onions and parsley, simmer for 5-10 minutes more.
Stir in the 3 Tbsp butter, lemon juice.
Transfer to a crock-pot. (The crock-pot part isn’t a big deal, but I made it earlier in the day and wanted to keep it warm for dinner…. also, soups and things usually taste better after they’ve had time to simmer for a long while. If you’re not going to put it in the crock pot, you’d better go back and read the original recipe… they let it simmer on the stove a lot longer.)
Serve over rice.