Growing up in the heart of Acadiana, better known as Lafayette, Louisiana, I have eaten spicy, Cajun and Creole cooking all of my life. Now that I’m living in the New Orleans area, I have more dining options that suit my Southwest Louisiana palette.
This month, not only is my state celebrating Mardi Gras, but February marks the beginning of crawfish season. For anyone who isn’t familiar with crawfish, they are crustaceans that look a lot like miniature lobsters. With the proper seasoning and the right vegetables to boil along with these little critters, boiled crawfish make a delicious treat. You can also purchase crawfish tails from specialty stores to enjoy in an etouffee or pasta dish; I have excellent family recipes for both.
Well this past month, I have experienced crawfish overload! Since I’ve been eating them boiled and also cooked into an etouffee, I have also experienced an overload of spice. Needless to say, Taylor Miriam, my developing baby girl, isn’t enjoying all of the spice. Upon reading about my 28-week-old fetus’s development, I discovered that her taste buds are established and Taylor’s tasted everything I’ve eaten via amniotic fluids. Well, the seafood I have been eating sometimes three times a week is laced with my spice of choice: cayenne pepper.
I sprinkle cayenne pepper on everything, sometimes with a very heavy hand. My husband has called my attention to this every time he’s choked on the spice. I’ve realized that the rhythmic movements by Taylor Miriam are hiccups resulting from the spice, and the excessive kicks are due to the spice. That sleepless night of her constant kicking was very likely due to all of the spice. Wow! This really makes me feel like a bad parent.
So, I have decided to kick my cayenne habit. Though no official intervention has been staged, I’ve realized that this need for cayenne pepper and spicy seafood is not agreeing with my little darling. So, farewell, cayenne pepper! I will see you again in May after my baby girl is delivered.
Is there any food that hasn’t agreed with you or your developing baby? If so, please share. I would love to hear about your experiences.