Wikipedia defines fusion cuisine as:
Fusion cuisine combines elements of various culinary traditions while not fitting specifically into any. The term generally refers to the innovations in many contemporary restaurant cuisines since the 1970s.
Louisianaians have been fusing cuisines since the 1760s.
French, Spanish, German and African foods and preperations have combined to give us the Cajun and Creole foods we enjoy today.
There is also the one Cajun who commingled the activities of cooking and drinking beer. After consuming probably way too much beer, he shoved a half-full beer can in a chicken’s rear end cavity. Utilizing the chicken’s legs and the beer can, he stood the whole thing up tripod style and barbecued the contraption.
Those of us who have tried a moist, tender and flavorful “tipsy chicken” know that by combining two activities – drinking beer and barbecuing chicken – the innovative cook yielded a fused product – a creation that became greater than the sum of its parts.
But a boudin eggroll?
My brother told me about his quest for the boudin eggroll at Janice’s grocery in Sunset. They have it advertised on the menu, but every time he tried to buy one they were sold out.
Always sold out? I had to get one.
Janice’s has some of the best boudin in Acadiana. They also have an extensive beer selection and a sign over the deli counter that says if you are talking on a cell phone they will not take your order or check you out.
I love shopping at Janice’s.
It took me three trips but they finally had boudin eggrolls tempting me from under the heat lamp – you have to get there early, way before the lunch rush. I actually purchased the last two of them and also a six-pack of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Drinking several bottles of a hoppy American interpretation of an English Pale Ale, and polishing off spicy Cajun sausages enclosed in Asian wrappers put me in a fusion cuisine fueled, multiculteral heaven.
The boudin was well seasoned with an abundance of cayenne pepper, and the eggroll wrapper solved some of the physical problems of eating boudin on the run. Pairing it with a pale ale was a near perfect match, though next time I may try a Pilsner Urquell to help calm the heat of all that seasoning.
I am sure my brothers were working hard on the brewery building the whole time I was doing research (eating rich boudin and drinking way too much beer) for this blog post. It’s looking like they are nearly halfway done. I’ll repay them with some ice cold beer and hot boudin eggrolls this coming weekend.
If I can find some.