Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Cajun Recipe for a Happy Life and Seven Happiness Soup

Two recipes you might enjoy -- one you can eat, the other, only serve. *smile*

Cajun Recipe for a Happy Life

*You'll need a huge pot for this. If you have a crawfish boiling rig, that's even better! Into your pot, add the following in no particular order:

5 heaping cups of gratitude and joy (the more you use, the more they multiply)
3 hearty pinches patience
1 gallon forgiveness
10 cups love for family & neighbor (*they'll add to your pot in return!)
2 gallons fun and joie de vivre
A dash of selflessness
8 cups of living simply
Season to taste with good music and dancing. Do not scrimp on hot sauce, garlic & onions!

Cook over a low fire, stirring occasionally. Humming or adding prayer while you simmer will add that special something to your recipe.

Taste often to check for proper seasoning. Share the dish with everyone you meet. Your table will never be empty.

(c) 2009 Angie Ledbetter


Seven Happinesses Soup

4 Cups chicken stock
1 Slice of ginger, smallish
1 Garlic pod, cut in half
1/2 Cup shredded Chinese cabbage
1/3 Cup Tofu, chopped in hunks
1/3 Cup thinly sliced Baby Bella or regular mushrooms
1/3 Cup Snow peas
1 Small can Bamboo Shoots or Water chestnuts, sliced thin
1/3 Cup cut carrots
Season with spices to taste

Mix together stock, ginger and garlic. Simmer for 20 minutes, then scoop out garlic and ginger. Add all other ingredients to the pot and simmer for another 20 minutes. Serves four.


♥ Boomer ♥ said...

We are definitely going to have to go through your recipes and try some!

Jessica said...

I wish I liked to cook. You always post the coolest recipes.

Vodka Mom said...

they both sound lovely.


Scobberlotcher said...

I love it! Everyone needs a giant bowl of happiness soup today.

Angie Ledbetter said...

Be my guest, Boomer!

Jessica, thanks. Cooking's good therapy for me. :)

Thanks, Vodka Mom.

Scobberlotcher, you are so right! (Pass the hot sauce, please.)

Rodell said...

Just in time for lunch! I'll take heaping bowlfuls of both!

Marguerite said...

Angie, You've captured Cajun life in a nutshell, with your Cajun Recipe for a Happy Life! And your Seven Happiness Soup sounds fabulous! Enjoy the rain!!

B.J. Anderson said...

Looks so good! Thanks for these awesome recipes!

Melissa Marsh said...


Kathryn Magendie said...

I'm hungry! for life, happiness, and food teehee
thank you!

Deb Shucka said...

I love that you posted these recipes together. Both feed the soul, but from different directions.

Elizabeth Bradley said...

Pass the bowl and serve me up a generous portion!

Angie Ledbetter said...

Rodell, soup's on! :)

Thank you, Marguerite. And we really are loving the overdue rain here. Hope y'all are getting some too.

B.J. & Melissa, glad y'all enjoyed.

Hope/wish/pray you get a big heapin' bowl of all three, kat!

Deb, thanks for the kind words (again).

Here ya go, Elizabeth! And don't forget a dash of Tabasco.

Irish Gumbo said...

Ima have to stock up on some fresh joie de vivre, maybe the Jumbo Family size bottles!

Mmm, mmm, that all sounds good!

Amie said...

"Season with spices" scares me a little . . . what do you typically use?

Debbie said...

Who doesn't need a little more happiness?

Dorothy said...

Love the happiness recipe. The second one sounds yummy, too.

Stacy Post said...

I'm sending the hubby to the store when he gets home from work! Sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing!

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

I'll try them both, thank-you very much.

Carol @ TheWritersPorch said...

You made me so hungry Ang, now I have to stop and eat something! :)

Angie Ledbetter said...

Irish, hope you get some! (Your haiku prize pack is on its way. Lemme know how you dig them grits.) :)

Amie, just use what ya like, even if it's as simple as salt and pepper. I use garlic powder, S&P, a little hot sauce, and sometimes a little Kitchen Bouquet for color.

So true, Debbie.

Thanks, Dorothy.

Stacy, hope your soup turns out tasty! :)

PHST, you're most welcome.

My stomach's growling too, Carol!

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