Years ago, I took a week off the dive boat I was working on, and went to New Orleans for Jazz Fest. The boy I was traveling with was a Tulane alum so we stayed with a friend of his and I was privileged to have an insider’s tour of the city. Little did I know that several years later I’d be back to have heart surgery.
Jazz Fest was a blast, but like most visitors to New Orleans, it was the food that stole my heart. I ate turtle soup, alligator, po-boys, oysters, shrimp étoufée, gumbo, jambalaya, pralines, and of course coffee + beignets at Café du Monde.
One of the highlights was a visit to The Pearl where I feasted on a killer shrimp po-boy and imagined I was a character in one of James Lee Burke’s Dave Robicheaux novels (the Pearl is mentioned in his books).
- steamed asparagus spears
- poached eggs
- english muffins
- fresh or canned crab meat
- bearnaise sauce
- Cajun seasoning
- Lay 2 asparagus spears on each toasted english muffin half, put crab in between, set poached egg on top then spoon on sauce. Sprinkle with a bit of Cajun seasoning.