Notes From A Cajun Wedding Thursday, Jan 13 2011 

New Orleans is a favorite spot for weddings. Tradition has it South Louisiana could really put on a celebration for a wedding out doing even Mardi Gras.

Harnett T. Kane, a New Orleans journalist and author of, “The Bayous of Louisiana”, published in 1943 by Bonanza Books of New York,  wrote, “The more I saw of this place and people, (Louisiana)  the more I came to appreciate them.”

Mr. Kane once attended a Louisiana wedding and found: “Only one other South Louisiana institution can match the Mardi Gras in its semiregulated horseplay, and that is the French-style charivari.”

Kane said he was once surprisingly invited while visiting in Cajun Country to a charivari. A hurried man knocked at his door and asked if he wanted to see a charivari. On the way Kane was told that an old businessman after his first wife passed away married a young girl, and had returned with her from a private wedding in New Orleans. As usual a charivari developed spontaneously by men in the community. Kane said they stopped in a crowd on the road a short distance from the couple’s home. A loud procession went to the couple’s house but the noise grew louder upon reaching the home. For about 2 hours, the charivari noise went on out side the house. The rules were the group had to be invited in, the noise would go on until the invitation was given.

One man knocked the door of the old businessman’s home. After several discussions the husband came out. He knew the rules; there would be no end to it until the bride as well as the groom joined in the charivari. Reluctantly the husband fetched the bride.

They were urged to kiss and the husband then asked the question expected by the crowd. “Quoi vous voulez, mes bons hommes?” (What do you want, gentlemen?) The leaders of the charivari group, told him they wanted wine, beer, cake, sausage, cheese and whatever available, and they’d even wait for him to go get more food. “Entrez!” called the leaders. Thus the charivari begins. For the next hour music played, food was eaten and toasts made. “Que le Dieu benit les maries!” (May God bless the married ones.) “Que le Dieu benit les noces!” (May God bless the nuptials.) Eventually charivari ended and the couple left in peace. Only one celebration per marriage is allowed but for a Cajun any reason is good enough for an another party.

For further reading on Louisiana Cajun Customs of marriage and the actual marriage celebration see: Pouponne et Balthazar: Nouvelle Acadienne by Mme. Sidonie de la Houssaye; Librairie de l�Opion, Nouvelle-Orleans: 1888 a retelling of the “Evageline” story by a Louisiana Creole author of the time period. See also Cajun Country by Barry Jean Ancelet, et al. Paperback / Published 1991 ISBN: 0878054677.

Traditions are still made in many weddings in New Orleans and the local favorite Pirates Alley wedding tradition first thought to be done by a local pirate who now haunts the Alley. You can have one too, just contact Jerry Schwehm at http://www.figstreet.com/weddings

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That Old Crawfish: What’s In The Name? Thursday, Apr 16 2009 

The word “Crawfish ” comes from the Cajun French word “escrevisse“.  Many places use other names, crayfish, crawdad, mudbug but we here in Louisiana prefer “crawfish”. No matter what it is called it is a favorite food in spring. Boiled Crawfish with corn, potatoes, garlic, sausage and more is served at many family picnic or back yard party. I am told the real scientific name is Astacoidea Cambardae and there are over 300 types in North America alone, a big family even by Cajun standards.  The art of boiling them was covered in another blog entry but it is easy just get any of the boiling spice packages from Rex or Zatarain’s and follow the directions. To make it real fancy people add in corn on the cob, and other veggies that boil well, even artichokes. Whatever you like add in the boiling water and have friends over.

One time I even wrote a fable about a Cajun Mermaid, part crawfish part woman on how the first Cajun ate the beautiful red swamp crawfish.

Cajun Mermaid design at Fig Street Studio

Cajun Mermaid design at Fig Street Studio

I use the crawfish too in many of my gift designs sold on the web at http://www.cafepress.com/figstreetstudio/596208 I would think along with the Fleur De Lis, the Crawfish is a symbol of Louisiana. See the Fleur De Marais design here: http://www.cafepress.com/figstreetstudio/5246408

Crawfish Fleur De Lis design at Fig Street Studio

Crawfish Fleur De Lis design at Fig Street Studio

Crawfish designs sold by Fig Street Studio

Crawfish designs sold by Fig Street Studio

By whatever name it is called it is a fun delicious food found in the swamps of South Louisiana, the swamps we must all protect as they once protected us.

Fleur De Lis Tile Decorations Friday, Feb 6 2009 

 

 Fig Street Studio Fleur De Lis Tiles

Fig Street Studio Fleur De Lis Tiles

 

 

 

Our Fleur-De-Lis designs are available  for decorating  your home and patio areas. Used as backsplases in the kitchen or bath, decoration on the patio or front porch.  Fig Street Studio is the quality place   for many Fleur De Lis designs on tiles, gifts, hats, shirts and more.

  These ceramic tile designs have been designed for all the occasions  like Christmas decorations, Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest and more.  For all occasions these tile masterpieces  are unique in design and different in style. Other Fleu de Lis items include stickers, mouse pads, clocks, signs, posters, buttons, pillows, shirts, and more.

  Designed by a New Orleans artist these designs represent New Orleans, French Quarter best in art and decorations. Sold on the web world wide and used to decorate home, street addresses, front steps and more nicely designed aspect of your home. Make it look like the French Quarter with unique quality Fleur De Lis tiles by Fig Street Studio. Any of the art works at Fig Street Studio can be made into a ceramic tile mural that can be used as decoration or as a back splash in kitchen or bath see samples at http://www.cafepress.com/figstreetstudio/4982284

Cute Crawfish Apron Thursday, May 15 2008 

 

Pinch Me Crawfish

What design catches on and what one doesn’t has always  been a big mystery to me.  My all time favorite crawfish design was “Suck What?”Such What Crawfishbut in the past 90 days this cute little crawfish with “Pinch Me” on aprons and kids clothing has been selling like crazy. It is a nice little crawfish and I have several or rather many crawfish designs on my pages both at Zazzle and Cafe Press. The “Got Crawfish”Got Crawfish?does well all the time but for now the cute little crawfish’s with “Pinch Me” is selling on many products at both stores on the web.

Tags: boiled crawfish, cajun, cajun cooking, cajun food, crawfish, crawfish cartoon , new orleans, bayou, Louisiana, Swamp, seafood.

New Orleans Spanish Tile Replicas Thursday, Feb 28 2008 

 

Spanish Talavera tiles are hand painted clay tiles that originated in the area of Talavera de la Reina, Spain. They are soft clay moulded and hand colored with a Arabic-Andalusian influence found throughout Spain. Some Spanish Potters brought the style with them to Mexico. The street name murals in the French Quarter were given to New Orleans in 1962 and some, due to weather and wear and tear from vistors touching them are falling apart. Visitors love the murals and take photographs of them. Now there are replica tiles designed by a local artist of the Rue Borbon, Rue Orleans, and Place de Arms tile murals. Others can be made. You can substitude your name in the street name, just e-mail for details and costs.

  Many of these original ceramic tile murals are breaking apart and look like they will be gone in a few years. This duplicate  mural will be a part of the history of New Orleans and can be used as a display, wall hanging, table top, or tile back in a kitchen or bath. Decorate you home in French Quarter style with fleur de lis and street name tiles sold at Fig Street Art Studio.
The French Quarter tile murals comes in several sizes and prices. The smallest is a single 4.5 inch square ceramic tile that is heat set with the design. Other sizes go up to a 27 x14 inch mural composed of 18 sq heat set ceramic tiles. The mural needs to be assembled either glued or set to a backing. Not for floors, just walls or display. Get yours today and have a piece of New Orleans history in your home. Other tiles and sizes are available see the Fig Street Studio tile store on the web..

Follow this link for more details and to order http://www.cafepress.com/figstreetstudio/4855160