The evening was magnificent,a small dinner gathering witha few friends and family members accompanied by lots of great food and strong drinks.It was the last warm, fall night and we were all glad to take advantage of it.The menu was a low country boil, complete with fresh seafood, corn, potatoes, turkey sausage and chicken drumsticks and I’d spent the entire day carefully tending to every detail.
I started with the décor. I used candles and lanterns to set the mood of my screened in back patio.Facing the river, my patio not only offers ambiance but atmosphere as well.The natural sounds of frogs and night birds filled the air, transporting us to the deepest swamp in the bayou.I placed a medium size, foldable table on the patio and covered it with newspaper, placing paper towel rolls along the length of the table for easy access. I then turned my attention to the food.
I filled a large pot with water and brought it to a low boil. I seasoned the water with butter, one whole chopped onion, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, a bag of creole seasoning, one whole chopped lemon and a bottle of beer. I added the corn,potatoes and drumsticks first. These ingredients take the longest to cook, especially the chicken, which takes an hour and after about 30 minutes, I added the turkey sausage. The fresh shrimp, crab legs and live blue crabs were added about 30 minutes later as they cook the fastest. Once everything was added, I turn the heat to low and left everything to simmer.This let the flavors soak in and really penetrate the food.
My signature cocktail was next. I threw some gin, fresh mango slices, mint leaves,champagne and a hint of lime juice in the blender, creating a drink reminiscent of Fat Tuesday. By the time my company started to arrive, the smell of the food perfumed the air like an intoxicating fragrance. I removed all the food from the cooking pot,spreading it across the newspaper and everyone ate with their hands. It was wonderful. Informal and family styled,it was a perfect night of inspiring conversation and delectable indulgence.