Yesterday was not only Super Tuesday, but also Mardi Gras, two occasions that P and I feel strongly should be appropriately celebrated. We started out the day by doing our civic duty and voting, as one should on election day. I lost my "I voted" sticker, but P proudly displayed his while we prepared our Mardi Gras feast.
We had decided in advance that we would be making jambalaya and set right to work chopping up the holy trinity along with chicken, shrimp, ham, spices.... Cooking such as this requires the right atmosphere, of course. I had planned on having hurricanes while we prepared dinner, but apparently they call for passion fruit juice, amaretto, and a bunch of other stuff, which was way too complicated for me to deal with. Instead, we kept it super simple, and didn't even touch the Abita we had lined up:
Appropriate attire (in addition to P's sticker) included our pajamas, and strands of pearls from my Breakfast at Tiffany's bridal shower.
Final atmospheric prep included a New Orleans Soundrack:
- The River In Reverse - Elvis Costello & Allen Toussaint
- Our New Orleans - Various Artists
- Marching Down Bourbon Street - Preservation Hall Jazz Band
As I've mentioned, I love New Orleans. It is such a unique treasure, and we can't wait to go back. We're thinking next spring. In the meantime, I will learn to make a mean Hurricane...