Rice Calas

Joyeux Mardi Gras mes cheres!  It’s a cold and rainy day before Samedi Gras here in New Orleans — something outsiders don’t appreciate, that Mardi Gras weather is DICEY.  So rather than traipsing around the French Quarter in the cold rain, this Pirate is holed up in her warm galley making rice calas.  These are…

Mardi Gras! Eggplant Bayou Teche

  A pirate’s got to be flexible, change course with the wind, heave to and regroup. And that’s what we had to do this Mardi Gras season. Typically Louisiana-based Kristin would hold the Mardi Gras feast, to no one’s surprise. But her SV Upward Wing is on the hard. Unfortunately so is my SV Night…

New Orleans Wop Salad

Laissez les bon temps rouler as our Mardi Gras celebration continues! Your Galley Pirates have debated for weeks what to do about this recipe; whether to be bravely authentic and, we think, culturally and historically enriching, or to trim to the winds of political correctness.  In New Orleans, this has traditionally been known as “Wop…

Mardi Gras Shrimp & Grits

I know I will face some traditionalist dissent on this…shrimp and grits are from the Georgia/South Carolina low country…New Orleans shrimp is etouffee…Mardi Gras is all about gumbo.  I hear you, but encourage you to compare the ingredients list for this recipe to the  venerable NoLA French Market’s Mardi Gras float above…shrimp, hot sauce, sausage…