What is Créole?
I always question this term when I am cooking. Recently, I have been working on créole spaghetti, créole rice and créole ratatouille for Vegan in the Sun cookbook and I kept trying to define creole and I could not. I knew it was a mix of many cultures such as Spanish, French and African and America and some parts of the Caribbean but what are the major factors that define creole?
When I look at the dishes that are créole one common theme running through them is that these places that the dishes originated from had some dealing with France in the past or present. Many of the dishes have tomato bases and sometimes have a sweet undertone and brown sugar is used to create a caramel as a base of many of the meals.Herbs are more heavily relied on in this cuisine and lastly it is mildly spicy.
A brief history lesson would take you back to the time when the slaves were brought to the New World and they brought their food with them. As time went by the cooking techniques of the French and Spanish were integrated into their existing cooking practices. Maybe that is it but I cannot be too sure.
Countries that many Creole dishes originate from are the Gulf coast states like Louisiana,Mississippi and Alabama to name a few and the French West Indies like Guadeloupe and Martinique also some English-speaking Caribbean islands like Dominica and St. Lucia.
As I search for a true definition of creole and creole food enjoy my latest offerings, a créole ratatouille made with varied vegetables from the old world and the new world and sweetened with brown sugar and heated with undertones of Scotch Bonnet peppers.Creole rattatouille is made as a street food sometimes in the French West Indies and used to top rice dishes. I did not need this dish as I am experiencing weather of a great summer but it was hearty and filling and flavourful.
Maybe that too is a definition of créole.
When you hear créole what is the first things that come to your mind?
Until next post
I apologize to the blogs I have not visited in a month. I have 9 hour workdays with the book and I have been really drained to stop by. Testing is starting to slow down and this would allow me to visit all of the blogs I am accustomed visiting soon.