• Introduction to Proto-Indo-European Religion
• Indo-European Languages
• Proto-Indo-European Goddesses
• Proto-Indo-European Myths
• Proto-Indo-European Rituals
• Festivals, Food and Farming
• Jambalaya Recipe
The special food Jambalaya typically includes several kinds of shellfish, especially scallops, the symbol of St. James. A communal feast of rice, spices (usually red or yellow), seafood, and pork is typical in countries around the Mediterranean and in areas of the New World influenced by them such as Louisiana and the Carribean. Because of the association with seafood, especially scallops, this is appropriate for Saint James’ feast day on July 25th, but it is good any time that seafood is available.
The traditional food is called Jambalaya in the Carribean, Gumbo in Louisiana, Paella in Spain, Bouillabaisse in Provence, and Cioppini in Italy, with special ingredients according to local tradition and availability. In England, oysters are usually substituted for the scallops. Nowadays it almost always includes tomatoes. This recipe is really more like Paella because it has saffron but no tomatoes.
Ingredients and Instructions:
1/4 cup of mild onions (shallots, leeks or scallions), washed and cut small
1 cup chicken broth or vegetable broth
While the rice mixture is simmering, wash and prepare the vegetables and seafood.
When the rice is almost done add the seafood which only takes a few minutes.
When the vegetables are tender and the seafood is opaque, it is done. Return the sausage to the pot, stir it together and add a splash of wine if you have it. Of course you should have chilled white wine with this, or if you are feeling adventurous, pastis.
Put some New Orleans Jazz on the CD player, preferably the very cheerful kind that traditionally accompanies funerals like St. James Infirmary Blues. My favorite version is by Eric Burden and the Animals, but there are lots of others, including one by Van Morrison and an instrumental version by Cab Calloway (on a Betty Boop cartoon). There is also a traditional one by the Saint James Infirmary Jazz Band. There are links to these songs on YouTube, given on the pages for Halloween Songs, because Halloween is the other festival for St. James/Yama.
Other foods with scallops include Coquilles St. Jacques, made from scallops sauteed in butter and shallot sauce and served in the scallop shells, and Quiche St. Jacques, also made with scallops. Both are named for St. Jacques, the modern French form of the name of St. James or Santiago de Compostela. [fuggle26]
Reference for the Recipe
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