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Origins: Jambalaya (Hank Williams)

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JAMBALAYA


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Lyr Req: Jambalaya (38)
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Lyr Req: Jambalaya (4) (closed)


GUEST,Phil 24 Mar 00 - 12:38 AM
Sorcha 24 Mar 00 - 12:42 AM
Gypsy 24 Mar 00 - 12:45 AM
Sorcha 24 Mar 00 - 12:51 AM
Gary T 24 Mar 00 - 07:17 AM
GUEST,Bill in Alabama 24 Mar 00 - 07:54 AM
Bert 24 Mar 00 - 11:28 AM
GUEST,Jim Dixon 24 Mar 00 - 11:38 AM
Bert 24 Mar 00 - 11:47 AM
Wolfgang 24 Mar 00 - 11:59 AM
Sorcha 24 Mar 00 - 12:10 PM
Bert 24 Mar 00 - 12:40 PM
Jim Krause 24 Mar 00 - 02:35 PM
GUEST,Jim Dixon 24 Mar 00 - 02:38 PM
Bert 24 Mar 00 - 02:50 PM
Fortunato 24 Mar 00 - 02:59 PM
Bert 24 Mar 00 - 03:09 PM
simon-pierre 24 Mar 00 - 03:12 PM
Sorcha 24 Mar 00 - 03:34 PM
simon-pierre 24 Mar 00 - 04:01 PM
simon-pierre 24 Mar 00 - 04:08 PM
Sorcha 24 Mar 00 - 04:26 PM
Sorcha 24 Mar 00 - 04:31 PM
Bert 24 Mar 00 - 04:34 PM
GUEST,Jim Dixon 24 Mar 00 - 04:46 PM
Sorcha 24 Mar 00 - 05:01 PM
MarkS 24 Mar 00 - 05:11 PM
Ferrara 24 Mar 00 - 05:58 PM
simon-pierre 24 Mar 00 - 05:59 PM
simon-pierre 24 Mar 00 - 06:03 PM
GUEST,Jim Dixon 24 Mar 00 - 06:14 PM
GUEST,Jim Dixon 24 Mar 00 - 06:20 PM
Sorcha 24 Mar 00 - 06:49 PM
Gary T 24 Mar 00 - 07:08 PM
simon-pierre 24 Mar 00 - 07:51 PM
Sorcha 24 Mar 00 - 09:41 PM
Joe Offer 04 Apr 00 - 04:54 AM
GUEST,simon-pierre 04 Apr 00 - 10:55 AM
MMario 04 Apr 00 - 11:12 AM
GUEST,Roger the skiffler 04 Apr 00 - 11:22 AM
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Sorcha 04 Apr 00 - 11:43 AM
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Subject: Jambalaya
From: GUEST,Phil
Date: 24 Mar 00 - 12:38 AM

Can anyone help me with the French lyrics for Jambalaya?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jambalaya
From: Sorcha
Date: 24 Mar 00 - 12:42 AM

Didn't know there were any, other than "cherie-mi-o"(sic) Maybe simon-pierre can translate it for you. I'v got the English, as I presume lots of other people do.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jambalaya
From: Gypsy
Date: 24 Mar 00 - 12:45 AM

Wasn't that Hank Williams? Didn't know that he spoke any french?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jambalaya
From: Sorcha
Date: 24 Mar 00 - 12:51 AM

Yep, and he didn't as far as I know, but maybe there is a translation out there?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jambalaya
From: Gary T
Date: 24 Mar 00 - 07:17 AM

I don't know anything about French lyrics for the song as a whole, but there are two French/Cajun words in the song other than cheri. Thibodaux and fontaineau (I'm not sure about the spelling, but that's how they are in the DT) are food dishes, as I understand. Exactly WHAT food, I dunno.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jambalaya
From: GUEST,Bill in Alabama
Date: 24 Mar 00 - 07:54 AM

I have a French friend who plays American bluegrass and country music. Although his band generally performs in English, he may know of the existence of some French lyrics. I'll email him.

Bill


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jambalaya
From: Bert
Date: 24 Mar 00 - 11:28 AM

I always thought that Thibodaux and Fontaineau were family names. The food is Jambalaya, Crawfish Pie & File Gumbo.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jambalaya
From: GUEST,Jim Dixon
Date: 24 Mar 00 - 11:38 AM

I just read the lyrics to "Jambalaya" in DigiTrad, and I would like to point out one small error. It should be "file gumbo", not "filet gumbo". There should be an accent mark over the "e" - what is called an "accent ague" in French. (I don't know how to represent these things in HTML.) "Filet" does do a good job of representing the pronunciation, while "file" without the accent mark, could be totally misleading to someone who doesn't know what file powder is.

Then again, I am only familiar (somewhat) with European French, not Cajun French. For all I know, maybe Cajuns have dropped accent marks.

Anyway, file powder, I understand, is a flavoring made from ground sassafras leaves, and it has that root-beer flavor that is familiar to Americans. See http://www.foodsubs.com/Herbs.html#gumbo

Let's see if this works: "filé powder".


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jambalaya
From: Bert
Date: 24 Mar 00 - 11:47 AM

I used file without the accent 'cos I didn't know how to do it either. So tell us how you did it.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jambalaya
From: Wolfgang
Date: 24 Mar 00 - 11:59 AM

this information is found in the old thread The fada in Irish vowels. I recommend Geroge Seto's contribution.

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jambalaya
From: Sorcha
Date: 24 Mar 00 - 12:10 PM

Here is what the universal translator says for the first verse, it's pidgen English, so I suppose this may be pidgen French, any way it almost seems to fit:
au revoir, Joe, je gotta vont, je l'OH le mon OH, que je le gotta vont poteau le pirogue en bas du bayou. Mon Yvonee, le plus doux, je l'OH le mon OH. Fils d'un pistolet, nous aurons de l'amusement sur le bayou. Jambalaya, pâté en croûte de écrevisses, et gumbo de fichier, cause ce soir je suis gonna vois mon chera millions de. Sélectionnez la guitare, fiole de fruit de remplissage et soyez gai-o. Fils d'un pistolet nous aurons le grand amusement sur le bayou.
Maybe a French speaker could tweak it and finish the fitting.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jambalaya
From: Bert
Date: 24 Mar 00 - 12:40 PM

Magic Sorcha, Gotta sing it like that next time.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jambalaya
From: Jim Krause
Date: 24 Mar 00 - 02:35 PM

Hoowee! Think I'll just stick to Hank's version in English.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jambalaya
From: GUEST,Jim Dixon
Date: 24 Mar 00 - 02:38 PM

Regarding how to insert accent marks - I cheated. I usually compose my messages using Microsoft Word, then I cut and paste to the Mudcat thread. I do this for a several reasons. One, I am a compulsive perfectionist and I like to run my spell-checker before posting anything. (Frankly, I wish more mudcatters would do this.) Two, if I want to interrupt my composing to look something up on the Internet, I can do it without worrying about losing what I have written so far. Three, I can save my Microsoft Word documents with or without posting to Mudcat.

Then the question becomes, how do you insert special characters into a Microsoft Word document?

There are several ways: (1) Use Insert/Symbol, click on the character you want, then click Insert. (2) Memorize (or keep a cheat sheet that tells you) the shortcut keys for the characters you want. You can find out what shortcut keys you need by using Insert/Symbol, clicking on the character you want, and reading the information from the bottom of the menu. It tells me that the shortcut for é is "Ctrl+',E" which means, "Hold down the CTRL key while pressing first the apostrophe and then the E". (3) You can memorize (or find a cheat sheet that tells you) the ASCII code for the letter you want. The ASCII code for é is 130, so Microsoft Word lets you insert it by holding down the ALT key while typing the three numeric digits 130. However, it seems that some symbols don't have a 3-digit ASCII code. (4) You can just cut and paste from any document that already has the letter you want, including a web page.

Anyway, I found that the é character survived just fine when I cut and pasted my entire message from Word to Mudcat. This doesn't always work with other software. For example, the other day I wanted to send an e-mail message that contained the British pound sign (£). I found that when I cut and pasted from Word to Netscape Composition, it converted my pound sign to a question mark. Obviously, there are some things I haven't figured out yet.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jambalaya
From: Bert
Date: 24 Mar 00 - 02:50 PM

When all else fails read the instructions.
filé Gumbo
Typed in as fil&eacute Gumbo


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jambalaya
From: Fortunato
Date: 24 Mar 00 - 02:59 PM

Bert, Thibodaux and Fontaineau are two small villages in Louisiana, I was charmed to pass through them on my way from Baton Rouge to Grand Isle, La. some years ago, after years of singing the song. Les Bonton Roulet!

regarde, Fortunato


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jambalaya
From: Bert
Date: 24 Mar 00 - 03:09 PM

Thanks Fortunato, it's always fun to go to places that are known in song.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jambalaya
From: simon-pierre
Date: 24 Mar 00 - 03:12 PM

Hmmm... If we're talking about the song of Hank Williams, I guess I could translate it. Please never trust the universal translator, it's pityful. There still are many words in english, and the french is horrible, especially concerning verbs. Give me a little time.

I should say that, at the first look, I don't know what means those words:

- fillet gumbo (if you wanna laugh, the translator gives «gumbo de fichier» wich means «file gumbo»...)

- my machez a mio

- fill fruit jar (alchool?)

- Son of a gun («fils d'un pistolet» is a first level translation that I would never sing - that doesn't make sense).

The rest is coming

SP


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jambalaya
From: Sorcha
Date: 24 Mar 00 - 03:34 PM

SP, the song is in fake Cajun/English dialect, "pidgin English". See above for explanation of file powder. The others are: Gumbois a stew made with okra and file powder, Ma cher a mio is Hank's bad French for "my sweetheart", Fill fruit jar is a refernce to home made corn liquor, "moon shine" served in canning jars. Son of a gun" is just an American Western/cowboy idiom, like Holy cow, Geeze Louise, etc. Do you have the rest of the verses in English so you can translate them, or should we post them? Do you know the tune? Good luck


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Subject: Lyr Add: JAMBALAYA (in French)
From: simon-pierre
Date: 24 Mar 00 - 04:01 PM

Thank you Sorcha. I made my translation before reading your post, but that doesn't really change something, except for the «fill fruit jar» - my translation is not correct, but I don't know what could I put for [and I know my sentence is not correct too, please forgive me!]. In Québec, we call «moonshine» liquor «bagosse» - ...well not a bad idea, i write it like this.

JAMBALAYA (in French)

Au revoir Joe, je dois partir, me oh my oh
Il faut que descende le bayou sur cette pirogue
Ma Yvonne, la plus douce, me oh my oh
[Son of a gun] on va bien s'amuser sur le bayou

Jambalaya, paté d'écrevisse et filet de gumbo
Car ce soir je vais voir ma chère à mi-o («moi»)
Prend la guitare, remplis la jarre de bagosse et sois gai-o
[Son of a gun], on va bien s'amuser sur le bayou

Thibodeaux, Fontaineaux, la place s'anime
[Kinfolk?] vient voir Yvonne à travers la foule
Bien mis, s'empiffre, me oh my oh
[Son of a gun] on va bien s'amuser ce soir sur le bayou

Okay. This correct french, and not great poetry. It was harder than I thought. I didn't know exactly what meant «pole», so I translate the as «I got to go down the bayou in this pirogue». «Go hog wild» - I had many things in my dictionnary, but I translate it as if it meant «eat a lot». I guess you could sing everything between [brackets] in english, you'll have a «cajun» sound!

Please post any comments, I'll check this.

Simon-Pierre

HTML line breaks added --JoeClone, 1-Dec-01.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jambalaya
From: simon-pierre
Date: 24 Mar 00 - 04:08 PM

Last thing: «come to see Yvonne by the dozen» - I translate «dozen» by «crowd» - Is it correct? At least, In french, it makes sense. SP


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jambalaya
From: Sorcha
Date: 24 Mar 00 - 04:26 PM

Yes, "by the dozen" does mean a crowd, but the double entendre is that Cajuns are so inter-married that all Yvonnes's suitors are also her cousins. "Pole pirouge"==pirouge is a type of dubout canoe, moved through the water with a pole, like a gondola in Venice. "Go hog wild" basically means--go a little crazy and have a lot of fun.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jambalaya
From: Sorcha
Date: 24 Mar 00 - 04:31 PM

(Dugout), and also, it's not great poetry in English, so why should it be in French?:) Williams meant the song as a tribute to the Cajun people, but his crude attempt to duplicate the patois was not appreciated by the Cajuns, and they greeted performances of it with a little scorn. It still became a major hit.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jambalaya
From: Bert
Date: 24 Mar 00 - 04:34 PM

Simon-pierre,
I don't think that you need to translate Filé Gumbo, it's the name of a Cajun dish.
To 'pole' is to move the boat by pushing against a pole that you put in the water, it is long enough to reach the bottom. In England they have flat bottomed boats called punts which they pole along the rivers.
machez a mio - I've always assumed that this was a corruption of 'ma cher ami'
'Go hog wild' - make a lot of noise - party wildly. The houses near the water are built on stilts. My second wife, Lou, who came from down that way, said she has seen them shaking with the noise and dancing at a party.
Yes 'by the dozen' means 'crowd'

Sorcha, just to be real pedantic, Gumbo is made using filé OR okra. NEVER both (not the real stuff anyway)

Bert.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jambalaya
From: GUEST,Jim Dixon
Date: 24 Mar 00 - 04:46 PM

According to my information, Thibodaux isn't exactly a small village - it is a town of 14,000 people, the seat of Lafourche Parish, Louisiana.

After searching the Internet diligently for evidence of a place called Fontaineau and trying various spellings including Fontaineaux, Fountaineau, Fountaineaux, Fontainbleau, Fontainebleau, Fountainbleau, Fountainebleau, I have come to the conclusion that the correct spelling must be FONTENOT, which is an unincorporated place 4 miles south of Kinder, Louisiana, right on the border between Allen Parish and Jefferson Davis Parish. Because it is unincorporated, no population figures are available, but "small village" is probably accurate.

That would put Thibodaux and Fontenot about 120 miles apart, as the crow flies. You likely would pass through Thibodaux en route from Baton Rouge to Grand Isle, but you wouldn't go near Fontenot, so I'm at a loss to explain what you saw, Fortunato. (And, by the way, didn't you mean "Laissez les bon temps roulez!"?)

I found Fontenot by using the USGS Geographic Names Information System at http://www-nmd.usgs.gov/www/gnis/gnisform.html

Fontenot is also a fairly common surname in that area.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jambalaya
From: Sorcha
Date: 24 Mar 00 - 05:01 PM

Sorry Sir Pedant, my and got in the way of my or! (Wanna pedant in the tavern, cherry-o?) :)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jambalaya
From: MarkS
Date: 24 Mar 00 - 05:11 PM

Cajun cooking. Its easy
1. Take sharp stick
2. Poke around repeatedly in muddy riverbank
3. When stick comes out of mud with something wiggling on the end of it, eat it.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jambalaya
From: Ferrara
Date: 24 Mar 00 - 05:58 PM

I didn't look at the way it's typed in the DT, but have always heard the first lines as:

Goodbye Joe, me gotta go, me-oh-my-oh
'Cause tonight I'm a-gonna see my ma-chere-amie -o

where "ma chere amie" means "My dear sweetie" etc., and the -o is just stuck in to make it rhyme. The "my ma-" bit is redundant (a double possessive), English & French saying the same thing, as in "Rio Grande River" (*not* French, I know, I know...) or "au jus gravy."

I think there's supposed to be an accent gr^ave (backwards from aigu) over the 1st e in chere, maybe not, not my forte at all ... I type apostrophes for accents aigus as in file' and am obviously *not* a perfectionist and consider I'm doing well to post anything at all these days. Never learned to do a blue clicky thing either, but Mr. Offer rescues me when necessary.

Pirogue is a flat bottomed boat, yes? Poled rather than rowed...


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Subject: ADD: Jambalaya
From: simon-pierre
Date: 24 Mar 00 - 05:59 PM

JAMBALAYA (in French)

Au revoir Joe, je dois partir, me oh my oh
Il faut que descende le bayou sur cette pirogue
Ma Yvonne, la plus douce, me oh my oh
[Son of a gun] on va bien s'amuser sur le bayou

Jambalaya, paté d'écrevisse et filet gumbo
Car ce soir je vais voir ma chère amie-o
Prend la guitare, sert-nous à boire et sois gai-o
[Son of a gun], on va bien s'amuser sur le bayou

Thibodeaux, Fontaineaux, la place s'anime
Kinfolk vient voir Yvonne à travers la foule
Bien mis, il fait le fou, me oh my oh
[Son of a gun] on va bien s'amuser ce soir sur le bayou


Here's a new translation made with your help. I kept the second line as it was, cause I don't know how to improve it (but I undertstood what you meant), and doesn't alterate the meaning. The third chorus line sounds better like this. «Machez à mi-o» - I changed, with bert's suggestion, «ma chère à moi» for «ma chère amie». Also for a better sound, the last line could be like this: «Son of a gun, on aura du fun sur le bayou», wich is more «vernacular» french. The word «fun» is very often used in Québec, and may be in Louisiana.

Simon-Pierre


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jambalaya
From: simon-pierre
Date: 24 Mar 00 - 06:03 PM

PS: sorry, I don't know how to make the break line («br») SP


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jambalaya
From: GUEST,Jim Dixon
Date: 24 Mar 00 - 06:14 PM

Ferrara, I agree with your opinion that the words should be "my ma chere amie-o" and not "my m'cherie mi-o" as it appears in DigiTrad. I don't know how Hank Williams intended to write it, but "ma chere amie" is at least good French - although I too am in doubt whether it should be "chere" or "chère." I'm pretty sure the masculine form is "cher" though.

I too have seen menus that offer "roast beef with au jus". Redundancy is a common feature of language. Have you memorized your PIN number? [Personal Identification Number number].


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jambalaya
From: GUEST,Jim Dixon
Date: 24 Mar 00 - 06:20 PM

Pardonnez-moi, it should be "Laissez les bon temps rouler!" (Let the good times roll!) - not "roulez."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jambalaya
From: Sorcha
Date: 24 Mar 00 - 06:49 PM

And simon-pierre has done bang up job here, folks!! Lets's just hope guest Phil fetches them and appreciates them! Oh, yes, "kindred" means family, "famille"?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jambalaya
From: Gary T
Date: 24 Mar 00 - 07:08 PM

You beat me to it, Sorcha, I was going to help with "kinfolk". I think of "relatives" as perhaps a closer English synonym than "family"; to me "kinfolk" and "rleatives" imply more distant relations, "family" closer ones.

Simon-Pierre, you should be able to get line breaks by putting "<", followed by "br", followed by ">" (no quotation marks).

I don't know where I got the notion that "Fontaineau/Fontenot" and "Thibodaux" were food items, but I can't find any confirmation of that so far, so I guess I was mistaken.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jambalaya
From: simon-pierre
Date: 24 Mar 00 - 07:51 PM

Well... If kinfolk means what you said, my verse doesn't make any sense. I thought it was a name (I am very embarrassed). It could gives something like that:

Thibodeaux, Fontaineaux, la place s'anime
La parenté vient voir Yvonne à travers la foule
Bien mis, il font les fous, ... etc

SP


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jambalaya
From: Sorcha
Date: 24 Mar 00 - 09:41 PM

No reason to be embarassed, we couldn't translate it at all! You have done an excellent job,s-p! And it's not like you put a BAD word in there!


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Subject: Recipe: Jambalaya
From: Joe Offer
Date: 04 Apr 00 - 04:54 AM

This seems like an appropriate thread for my current favorite recipe.
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 2 cups chopped cooked chicken
  • 2 cups cooked rice (uncooked Minute Rice works fine)
  • one 15-ounce can kidney, pinto, or black beans
  • one 14-ounce can tomatoes, undrained, chopped
  • 1 cup medium salsa
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon salt (optional)
In a large skillet, combine oil, onion, and green pepper. Cook over low heat 5 minutes or until onion and green pepper are tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in chicken, rice, beans, tomatoes, salsa, thyme, and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 10 to 15 minutes or until flavors are blended.
6 servings.
(I microwave the chicken in a large bowl, and then chop it up, throw in the rest of the ingredients (no oil), and microwave the whole mess on high for 35 minutes. Goes great with beer. Hank Williams woulda loved it.)

Just thought you ought to know. How else can you understand the song?
OK, that's the recipe for Jambalaya. Anybody got one for crawfish pie or filet gumbo? What is filet gumbo?
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jambalaya
From: GUEST,simon-pierre
Date: 04 Apr 00 - 10:55 AM

Joe, I think that a filet gumbo is a fish meal. Wich fish? I don't know. Maybe I have some cajun cook books at the bookstore I'm working at. I'll have a look, but you'll have to be patient (next week).

Simon-Pierre


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jambalaya
From: MMario
Date: 04 Apr 00 - 11:12 AM

file gumbo is a soup/stew. Gumbo's are DEFINED by the inclusion of file powder (which is illegal in many states now - don't ask me why) or okra.

crawfish pie recipes I've seen range from anywhere from a quiche-like thing to what is basically just crawfish in a crust. And everything in between. gumbo recipe to come.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jambalaya
From: GUEST,Roger the skiffler
Date: 04 Apr 00 - 11:22 AM

I probably know less about cooking than music (but enjoy sampling all sorts of both!)but I thought Gumboe was a US synonym for okra (ladies' fingers in English,bamies in Greek).What is file powder? Iron filings ?(Mother always said I needed more iron when force feeding me nearly raw liver)
RtS


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jambalaya
From: MMario
Date: 04 Apr 00 - 11:28 AM

Creole Seafood Gumbo

2 tb Lard; or shortening
2 tb Flour
1 lg Onion; chopped
2 Garlic cloves; minced
1/2 c Chopped celery
1 tb Chopped parsley
1 Green pepper; chopped
1 cn Tomato puree (12 oz)
1 c Water
1 cn Tuna; drained and flaked
1 cn Tiny shrimp (7oz); drained
1 ts File' powder
Steamed rice

Guaranteed to conjure up dreams of moss-draped oaks and the bayou.

In a heavy pan, melt the lard (shortening: over very low heat. Add flour and stir continuously until it turns a tawny brown color (it may take as long as 15 minutes, but don't rush it because if it burns, the gumbo will be ruined). Now add the onion, garlic, celery, parsley, and green pepper and braise about 5 minutes, being careful, again, not to burn it. Add tomato puree, 1 cup water, tuna, and shrimp and simmer for 45 minutes. Add file' powder , stirring in well,and serve over fluffy steamed rice.

Vegetable Gumbo
1 Onion, chopped
1/2 Green pepper, diced
2 Ribs Celery, diced
1 Garlic clove; minced
1 lb Okra, sliced, fresh or frozen
1 lb Tomatoes, fresh orcanned
2 c Corn, fresh, frozen or canned
1 ts Bouillon granules
1/2 c White Grape Juice
1/2 c Water
1/4 ts Tabasco sauce
1/4 ts Paprika
2 tb Fresh chopped parsley
1 tb Basil or Rosemary, minced

In a large heavy stew pot, place bouillon and 1/2 C white grape juice, onion, green pepper, celery garlic, cook until tender,(5-7 minutes). Add other ingredients, cook over low heat, stirring occasionally to keep from sticking to bottom. Cover and simmer gently until corn and okra are done. Serve over rice in soup bowls.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jambalaya
From: MMario
Date: 04 Apr 00 - 11:30 AM

file powder is made from dried sassafrass leaves. the term "gumbo" is derived from an african-american name for 'okra', but botht eh file powder and okra give the same sort of thickening to the gumbo


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jambalaya
From: Sorcha
Date: 04 Apr 00 - 11:43 AM

OK, gumbo is stew, From Paul Prudhomme:
Egg and Dried Shrimp Gumbo
1 cup finely chopped onion
1 cup finely chopped green pepper
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
2/3 cup vegatable oil
2/3 cup flour
3 bay leaves
(1 teaspoon salt)
3/4 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco Sauce
2 (1 1/2 oz packages dried shrimp (3/4 cup)
7 cups seafood stock or water
1 teaspoon minced garlic
9 whole hard cooked eggs
1 1/2 cups hot cooked rice
Combine the onion, bell pepper and celery in a bowl. In large skillet, heat oil until it begins to smoke, about 4 minutes. Gradually add the flour, whisking constantly! until smooth until it is a dark red-brown to black, about 3-4 minutes. Be careful not to let it scorch, or splash on you! Stir in the vegetables and cook about 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the seasonings and Tobasco, cook another 2 minuts. Stir in the shrimp, cook another 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
Meanwhile, bring the stock and garlic to a boil in a 4 qt. saucepan. Stir in the flour mixture until the roux is dissolved, and simmer til shrimp are cooked. about 20 minutes. Add 6 of the whole eggs to the gumbo, cut the remaining 3 in half and add. Return to boil, remove from heat, let stand 10 minutes. Skim oil from top and serve over white rice.

And here is the Classic File Gumbo:
Melt in a skillet2 Tablespoons of butter Add and saute til brown a soup bone with 3 lbs. cubed beef.Add 12 cups water and simmer 2 hrs., Add 1/4 cup chopped celery
1/4 cup shredded parsley
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon paprika
Strain, cool, and skim the stock. Melt 2 tabkespoons butter Add and saute 3 minutes 1/2 cup onion,1/2 cup okra,and 1 cup celery.Add:2 1/2 cups tomatoes,2 Tablspoons quick cooking Tapioca,1 Tablespoon sugar,the soup stock, and simmer 1 hour.Add 1-2 teaspoons file powder. Do not boil after adding file as it will become stringy.
I also have a recipe for Chicken gumbo that uses flour dredged chicken fried in bacon grease, sweet red bells,and rice. There is also mixed seafood gumbo. One of the above posts said that either file or okra is used but not both. I have eaten it with both and usually cook it that way. Want a recipe for "Dirty Rice"?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jambalaya
From: Joe Offer
Date: 04 Apr 00 - 03:08 PM

Gee, what did I start? Actually, I think these recipes add a lot to the background information for this song.
But yes, Sorcha, I would like a recipe for dirty rice. My new-found love is totally impressed with my cooking - but I'm running out of interesting recipes and may have to open a can of Franco-American spaghetti next time she comes....
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jambalaya
From: Joe Offer
Date: 06 Sep 01 - 12:26 AM

Trapper and DougR claim the reason they're keeping a flame thread alive is to trade jambalaya recipes. Well, they can find recipes here.
By the way, Sorcha still owes me a recipe for dirty rice.

And all these recipes make me hungry.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jambalaya
From: MAG
Date: 06 Sep 01 - 01:13 AM

Great minds think alike, Joe: I skimmed the threads to see if anybody else thought of it.

The great thing about Jambalaya is how you can throw in whatever you got in the house and it comes out great.

I start with my cast iron dutch oven. (essential) I have to leave out the onions nowadays. U know why.

Chop up your favorite vegetables, esp. lots of garlic Cube what ever animal protein you like: chicken, pork, shrimp. I personally cannot eat crab, and crawdads look disgusting.

Stir into dutch oven with rice and commesurate water.

I like to add butter, but then I'm hooked on fat. Season to taste, but lots of cayenne.

throw it into the oven at around 350 degrees until all the water is absorbed. The crunchy part at the bottom is best.

Who uses a crockpot?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jambalaya
From: GUEST,Tee Mamou
Date: 06 Sep 01 - 11:39 AM

Williams based the song on a tradional Cajun song called "Anse couche couche," or Grand Texas. In the original version there are only a few lines and they refer to a man's girlfriend who left him for someone in Texas. Williams lyrics were influenced by his exposure to Cajun culture while touring in Louisiana and playing on the Louisiana Hayride. Thibodeaux and Fontenot (both of which are correct spellings) are common Cajun surnames and would indicate that the place is full of people. I doubt that Williams had a specific place in Louisiana in mind. "on the bayou" is more of a general reference to life in Louisiana. Several Cajun musicians have subsequently released "covers" of Jambalaya in which, for the most part, they translated William's lyrics as directly as possible into Cajun. As with many instances of textual translation, the result can be a little awkward.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jambalaya
From: Sorcha
Date: 06 Sep 01 - 11:57 AM

DIRTY RICE

1/2 pound chicken gizzards
1/2 pound chiken livers
(or one pound of either)
2 onions, quartered
1 sweet bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped celery

Put all the above through a grinder. Be careful if you are using a food processor--you want it ground, not paste. Then heat 2 Tablespoons of olive (or other) oil in a deep skillet. Add the meat/veg mixture and cook for 1 hour. A bay leaf is optional.

1 cup white rice (raw)
2 cups water
Cook rice----you know how to do that....
Mix the ground meat and veggies with the cooked rice. Add chopped parsley, cayenne (or Cajun spice) to taste.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jambalaya
From: Sorcha
Date: 06 Sep 01 - 12:19 PM

(O yea, a little chopped garlic in the meat/veggie mix can't hurt, either)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jambalaya
From: Armen Tanzerian
Date: 06 Sep 01 - 02:37 PM

True filé powder is indeed made from sassafrass and has been found to be carinogenic, which is why substitutes are required. I am not a native French-speaker, mais je passe la moitié de mon temps à Paris, et je traduirais le plat crawfish pie comme "tarte d'ecrivisse", pas "paté".


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