You know what's funny? Whenever I get HOME from a place, then I have such a pent up craving for the local food that I get right into the kitchen. There's not a lot of vegan Cajun-Creole food to be had in New Orleans, so I kept hearing about all this great food and not eating it. So, as soon as I was back home in the kitchen, I knew just where to set my sights.
We have a nice little tradition in our family, that whenever a person comes home from a special trip, we have a family photo night. Then the lucky traveler gets to tell us all about their trip, and no one misses out on the stories. If any gifts were brought home, they are handed out, and then we all look at the pictures. We get all cuddled into one room to see the pictures on the computer monitor, and then people start falling asleep! ha.
So tonight I showed my photos from my New Orleans trip and made this delicious feast to celebrate. We had 4 dishes (clockwise from top left): Gluten Sauce Piquant with homemade gluten, savory dinner grits, collard greens, and smothered black-eyed peas. My dad was especially thrilled, because he grew up in the south with black-eyed peas and grits... and doesn't find them often out here in Santa Cruz. The flavors were full and interesting and complimentary - it was a grand affair and we all left the table with full, happy bellies.
These recipes are from Kittee, and are from the recipes she's testing for vegan New Orleans cuisine. If you're crazy to try them out, email her about become a tester.