Who Dats in Dominica

I am amazed at how many people from Louisiana are here attending or working for Ross University School of Medicine. I’ve met people here that are from New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Monroe, Lafayette, and Convent. I’ve met people who grew up in the same neighborhood that I did. I met someone who lived in the same apartment complex I lived in. I even found someone at Ross whose cousin was once married to my cousin. This world is getting smaller and smaller.

One of these days we are going to have to have a party for LA residents here in Dominica with some real southern creole cooking. There was a local man selling okra at the shacks the other day. I had to stop and chat with him about making gumbo in Dominica. He explained to me that in Dominica, the word “gumbo” is the name given to the okra itself. From what I have read online, this is true in the African tradition. Gumbo translates to mean okra. In Louisiana “gumbo” usually refers to the collective dish-a stew with a roux for the base, coupled with meat, okra, spices/seasoning, rice etc. It’s time I sit down and cook up a gumbo in Dominica. When I first arrived to Dominica, I used to cook red beans and rice frequently…but running the propane tank for two to three hours and trying to survive the sweltering heat in the kitchen got to be too much. Fans just weren’t cutting it. Now I only cook red beans for a special occasion. Lentils with Tony Chachere’s suffice. 25 minutes and we’re good to go.

Well, I need to get back to watching the Saints game. Saints 14. Minnesota 9. 4th quarter. Who Dat.

PS. Would love to hear from some LA residents who have rotated through the hospital in Houma, Louisiana. How was it ?

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About louisiana2dominica

Native New Orleanian relocated to the island of Dominica.
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