Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Cajun country: ashrimping we will go!

If crawfish are a local specialty, shrimp are the universal specialty of Cajun country. The closer I got to the coast on outings with Sson and family, the more shrimp boats we saw. Reminded me of my youth, it did. When I was growing up in Jacksonville, Florida, any seafood restaurant worth its salt had its own fishing vessel or perhaps two or three.

I remember seeing the high masts at a distance out at the edge of the word as the boats returned to dock at the end of the day. A line of vessels. Of course, they caught fish as well as shrimp.

Local Jacksonville folk back in the aught-30s & 40s had their own shrimp nets. At that time, the inland waters hadn't been shrimped out, so it was quite possible to get a good evening's meal with an hour of so of swirling the net out from the river bank. My dad and I used shrimp as bait when we fished -- either shrimp pieces or, for a classier catch, live shrimp.

I presume that these Louisiana boats are shrimping in the Gulf of Mexico or possibly the inland waterways.

There were no signs so I couldn't figure out whether these huge nets were drying or whether they were for sale. Probably the latter.

The big business of shrimping.

And the roadside business.

Buying the shrimp for the etouffee made by the Sson the evening of this particular outing. Yum! It's especially yummy when the young folk do all that hard work of shelling and cleaning the tasty little critters.

My Second Anniversary: Today, May 27, begins my third year of blogging. If you're curious, here's a link to my first post, The Pleasures of Strolling. It's been a grand two years. I've leaned a lot about digital photography and PhotoShop. I've enjoyed sharing my small adventures. But most important of all are the friends that I have made along the way. It's wonderful to read your comments and enter into a dialog with people from far and near.


Catalyst said...

Happy anniversary, GJ. Your posts are always a pleasure.

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed your first post. I for one, do love shrimp.

Antipodean Curmudgeon said...

Keep them posts a comin'. Congrats.

I believe that the proper coonass pronunciation of the crustacian is "srimps".


TomboCheck said...

Congratulations on your anniversary!!!

So glad we have you in the blogosphere. :)

Anonymous said...

Yum! More Cajun food pix. So glad your Sson made you etouffe. That's such a yummy dish. Your photos are making me want to go to SW LA just to eat. Glad to see the shrimping industry is recovering from hurricane Rita.

Happy Anniversary, Granny J! Love your blog; keep on posting!

~Anon in AV.

Anonymous said...

I didn't see Forrest Gump in any of the pictures.

Granny J said...

Cat-A -- thank you, thank you. Let me know if they get to be a drag!

steve -- I love shrimp too.

bro -- isn't srimp a general Southrin pronunciation?

tombo -- I'm glad to be there. It gets me out and seeing new things and new sides of old things.

anon av -- it certainly seemed to be recovering. Of course, I've no idea how crowded with boats those inlets used to be.

boonie -- that's because I never saw the movie.

Karen of Scottsdale said...

Happy blog-a-versary! Your blog is one of my top 10 favorites!

meggie said...

Congratulations on your Anniversary!!
A great pleasure to read.

Granny J said...

k of s & meggie -- thank you! I enjoy having you visit and recommend your blogs to other readers!

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