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Stranded in a hotel in an African war zone with no internet access for two weeks, I was forced to resort to desperate measures. Possessing only my passport and the clothes I stood up in; and the warning "You can catch it shaking hands with a vicar out there" ringing in my ears, I had to draw my own porn in order to preserve my sanity.

Alas, it all came out looking like Coronation Street's Audrey Roberts, but, as they say, any port in a storm.

What have you done in times of great desperation?

(, Thu 15 Nov 2007, 10:10)
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Here's a gumbo recipe I got from a friend:


1/2 lb smoked sausage, cut into 1/2 inch slices
1-3 tablespoons vegetable oil
5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup coarsely chopped onions
1 cup chopped celery
2 cloves fresh garlic, pressed, or 2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
2 cups chicken broth (use the low-sodium, low-fat kind)
1 28 ounce can diced tomatoes, or 3 cups fresh diced roma or plum tomatoes, plus 1/2 cup water
1-2 teaspoon creole seasoning
4 cups chopped cooked chicken breasts

Cook sausage over high heat in large saucepot 5 minutes, stirring often.

Remove and drain on paper towels. Add enough oil to drippings in
saucepot to equal appx. 3 tablespoons, and whisk in flour; cook over
medium-high heat, whisking constantly, 5 minutes, or until roux is
golden brown. Add onion, celery, garlic and bell pepper; cook 5 minutes, stirring often. Stir in broth, tomatoes and creole seasoning. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 7-10 minutes. Add sausage and chicken; simmer, covered, 5 minutes. Serve over rice.

The really great thing about gumbo is that you can change it up... use
shrimp instead of sausage, use yellow peppers with the green ones, etc.
You can really take a basic recipe like this and make it your own. I
usually serve it with thick slices of toasted sourdough bread.

Do play with it. If you can't find creole seasoning, use 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes, 1/4 teaspoon cayenne, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg and 1/2 teaspoon good paprika. Maybe some onion powder, but only a dash or two.

You can turn the heat up or down on this one just by adjusting the pepper.

It usually doesn't need any salt because of the sausage, but taste varies so keep that in mind.
(, Wed 21 Nov 2007, 13:14, 1 reply)
Sounds a lot nicer than actual gumbo
which consists of "Trawl the bottom of a river and boil what you find".
(, Wed 21 Nov 2007, 17:18, closed)

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