Jambalaya by La belle dame sans souci
Jambalaya, a photo by La belle dame sans souci on Flickr.

I’ve not made this for ages and it is dead simple.

My ingredients were;

2 skinned and cubed chicken breasts
3 Polish smoked sausages
100g crayfish tails
2 cubed green peppers
3 thinly-sliced sticks of celery
1 chopped onion
1 carton of chopped tomatoes
1 cupful of long grain rice
2 cupfuls of hot water
1 heaped tablespoon of Cajun seasoning (home made)
salt and pepper

First, the Cajun seasoning. There are a lot of variations for this but I use a mixture as follows;

2 tablespoons of paprika
1 tablespoon of smoked pimenton
1 tablespoon of garlic powder
1 tablespoon of dried oregano
1 tablespoon of dried thyme
1/2 tablespoon of celery powder
1/2 tablespoon of ancho chilli powder

This is simply put into a jar and shaken up until it is nicely mixed. You want colour plus some heat, but not enough to blow your head off.

Anyway, the onion, celery and peppers were sweated off in olive oil until soft and then I added the chicken, which was fried for a bit until the colour began to change. Then I added the Cajun seasoning and the rice, mixing well.

Next came the chopped tomatoes, sausage and the hot water, and this was mixed again.

It was brought to a simmer and then covered until the rice was nearly cooked.

Finally, I adjusted the seasoning with salt and black pepper and let it cook out uncovered and, just before serving, I added the crayfish tails to warm through.

And that was it. Pretty to look at, pretty simple and quick to cook, and very tasty.


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