Creole seasoning is a mixture of paprika, dried oregano, ground black pepper, kosher salt, cayenne pepper, granulated onion, dried thyme and granulated garlic. It may also contain dried basil. Once combined, the seasoning stays fresh for up to three months if stored in an airtight container.
A commercial seasoned salt or homemade salt-and-spice blend can be substituted for Creole seasoning. To ensure satisfactory results, it is best to add the seasonings gradually to the dish and taste frequently in order to make adjustments.
Although they are historically not the same thing, a meaningful distinction no longer exists between Creole and Cajun seasoning. The terms are used interchangeably and sometimes even together.
Websites that offer Creole dictionaries include Kreyole.com, LouisianaCreoleDictionary.com and SaintLucianCreole.DBFrank.net. Kreyole.com offers a Haitian Creole dictionary and information on Haitian music, arts and culture, Haiti news and Haitian travel.
Cajun jambalaya and Creole-style gumbo are two Cajun and Creole recipes. Both recipes use shrimp and rice as ingredients, but the Creole-style gumbo recipe takes less time to make.
To make easy shrimp Creole, chop and sauté 1 onion, 1 bell pepper and 1 stalk celery. Add 3 minced cloves garlic. Pour in 28 ounces tomatoes and 1 cup broth. Add 1 tablespoon Zatarain's creole seasoning and hot sauce to taste. Add 2 pounds shrimp, and cook thoroughly.
There are numerous websites for learning to speak Creole, including MyLanguageExchange.com, MangoLanguages.com, Omniglot.com and HaitiHub.com. The language learning software Pimsleur offers lessons in MP3 and CD formats.
Creole tomatoes produce a meaty fruit that resists cracking. Researchers at Louisiana State University developed these plants specifically for the hot, humid summers of their state. Expect the first tomatoes two months after transplanting.
A few common Creole words and phrases include Kijan ou rele? (what is your name?), Kijan ou ye? (how are you?) and Bonswa (hello). Other examples include Mèsi (thank you) and Souple (please).
Two online resources for translating Creole into English are Translate.google.com and Imtranslator.net, which allow a user to translate words, phrases or sentences from one language to another, including English and Haitian Creole. There are also many Creole-English dictionaries available at your lo