Cajun vs. Creole
Have you ever wondered if there was any difference between Cajun and Creole food and what they are? There are actually many differences between the two and are actually not the same at all. A simply way to described the two cuisines is that Creole cuisine is more city food where as Cajun cuisine is usually referred to as country food.
The work Cajun originates form les Acadians, which was used to describe the French colonist who settled in the Acadia region of Canada. Which is present day New Brunswick, Price Edward Island and Nova Scotia. They were forced out of Canada and settled in Louisiana in the swamp region. Actually settle in four different regions which each had different resources and influences on the food. Even though many Acadian today have German, French, Native American or Italian roots they were strongly influenced by the Cajun culture. They use the whole animal because they did not have refrigerators and did not want to waste anything plus they did not have much money. One type of sausage they have is the Boudin, which consists of pork meat, rice, and seasoning. Also contains pork liver for extra flavor. Cajun food is highly seasoned which people find spicy but that is what they are famous for. Seasoning is one of the most important parts of the Cajun cooking. A lot of cayenne peeper is used. Almost all of they dishes have a vegetable melody in them which is a French mire poux. Which consists of onion, celery and bell pepper and is call the holy trinity of Cajun cuisine. Also use a lot of garlic, paprika, thyme, file, parsley, green onion, and many more. Food is said to be more earthy and rustic in nature. Also a lot of things were cooked in one pot over an open flame. Also thought to be creative and inventive. The Cajun food is also now for the fact that a lot of time people just throw what is able into the pot for gumbo and jambalaya that a lot of times someone’s gumbo and jambalaya taste different every time.
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