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Dr Bobus
Cajuns were country folk in an area where it was difficult if not impossible to farm. There was little opportunity to raise beef and trade some for pork. They had access to food like oysters, crawfish, alligators, catfish, shrimp, beans, rice . . . Turtle soup is delicious--the meat is very mild--add a shot of sherry. Also Gumbo. Of course, Paul Prudhomme brought cajun cooking to New Orleans, …More
Cajuns were country folk in an area where it was difficult if not impossible to farm. There was little opportunity to raise beef and trade some for pork. They had access to food like oysters, crawfish, alligators, catfish, shrimp, beans, rice . . . Turtle soup is delicious--the meat is very mild--add a shot of sherry. Also Gumbo. Of course, Paul Prudhomme brought cajun cooking to New Orleans, where it met Creole food. Needing to cook an extra piece of fish, he combined it with melted butter and spices, then cooked it on a hot skillet. And Blackening was born.

I'm from KC, where BarBQ is king. Poor Black people invented it, and they had to use poor cuts of meat: ribs and brisket, both of which had to be cooked long and slow with smoking logs to tenderize it.

Interestingly enough, many of the most honored dishes came from poor people. Tough meat? Wine will tenderize it, then mix in spices, butter, and cream. French Onion soup is just onions, butter, broth, thyme, cheese, and bread.

BTW, if you ever get to New Orleans, be sure to try charbroiled oysters (Drago's).
Live Mike
Many thanks Dr Bobus!
Ultraviolet
You've got a point @Dr Bobus... There's probably a thesis in here somewhere. Lobster was originally a primary subsistence food fed to New England's indentured servants. Crab served the same function in the Caribbean. Escargot was "bush meat in a shell" for the French and periwinkel snails were used in an identical capacity throught South-East Asia.
Ultraviolet
Truth :D Cajuns are historically very poor and, like the Chinese, they have a similar saying... A hungry family will eat anything with legs except the table.
Jeffrey Ade
Too bad for us they weren't!