Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Vegan Gumbo



This weekend I was pretty much laid up on the couch due to some back pain (sciatica, not fun!) so the boy made me gumbo on Sunday night with his mom's recipe (we also had some okra kicking around). They lived in Lousiana for a time and he has some Cajun blood in him. His mom is not Cajun but apparently she made the best roux back then. Roux takes a lot of patience due to the constant stirring and let me tell you, she has the patience of a saint so no wonder why her gumbo rocked. :)

Anyway, It was the first time I'd ever had gumbo and I loved it! He substituted Field Roast "Mexican Chipotle" flavour vegan sausages for the Andouille. We both thought it added just the right amount of heat to to the base. As you can see, I doused mine with a lot more hot sauce.

Gumbo's not the prettiest thing to photograph and I suck at plating and lack the patience, but I had to get a photograph to show his mom (she reads my blog). He did a great job on this. :)

I think next time, I'll try my hand at this. I wonder if I'll have the patience for making a dark roux. Probably not, but it will be fun to try.

8 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

Ahh, feel better!!

Mmm, veganized Southern comfort food :0)

ms. veganorama said...

Thanks! I felt a lot better but had a bit of a set back today. Blah!

I *love* (vegan) southern food, which is funny since I didn't grow up with it. One of my all-time favourite restaurants is Soul Veg in Chicago.

shado said...

OH it looks divine. I've never had Southern food. Is the gumbo like a "meaty" rice stew?

I've only had okra at Indian buffets and quite like it.

There's a newish New Orleans resto here called Cajun Corner. They have a Sunday jazz brunch with some vegetarian options (not sure if they're vegan).

ms. veganorama said...

shado, gumbo is the stew itself and is usually served with rice but not always. Check out the wiki entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gumbo

shado said...

Thanks ms. veganorama!

The Field Roast stuff sounds amazing. I don't think it's available in Canada :(

Just saw on Bryanna's website that she's doing a book with Field Roast founder, David Lee. Whooeee! Another cookbook!

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destinyskitchen said...

Between your post & Kittee's (on making a roux), I better get working on some gumbo! It looks really good!

ms. veganorama said...

destiny: You should try it.

Lelly: Thanks! <3

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