You meld to my skin

Your words like cream fill me up

My heart churns with you.

2021 Albert Moyer, Jr. Poetry

A few photos that I recently shot at the Houston Arboretum. There was so much more to see and take pictures of but some of the birds and other creatures were to fast to shoot. You don’t catch them all. Ha ha!

Cajun food at it’s best! Certified Cajun Crawfish and Mississippi Catfish. Support American workers. Photo 2021 Albert Moyer, Jr. Photography

Wow! I am always cooking something, but I am not always writing about it. I wanted to cook a Blackened Catfish recipe that could be topped with a Crawfish Etouffee, as I have recently been cooking more with cast iron. Cast iron is another topic, but I must say it is the best cookware I have ever used, and it is very non-stick and versatile, if you treat it the way it needs to be treated. During my search for a recipe, I came across this one for the Blackened Catfish and wanted to share it. Chef Charlie Andrews makes the video simple and if you follow it you will have some excellent Blackened Catfish which you can eat as a stand alone or you can top with whatever your heart desires such as shrimp, scallops, crab meat, etc. Chef Charlie Andrews knocks it out of the park with this Blackened Catfish recipe. Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NtG_UJf2N38&t=355s

I heard about a restaurant that has served customers for 150 plus years. That is amazing in it’s own right. Being a fan of the superfood Oysters I learned Dupuy’s in Abbeville, Louisiana have some of the best. As I stepped in to this classic restaurant the scent of seafood and steak hit my nose like a beautiful food potpourri. The environment was classic Cajun and the service was excellent as I was welcomed like family. I ordered the Oyster combo with salad and shared white chocolate bread pudding. My plate came with Grilled Oysters, Fried Oysters, Oysters Rockefeller, and Sweet Potato Fries. The other dishes served were a monster foot long Shrimp Po-Boy and Oysters Rockefeller and Oysters de Ville. Everything was excellent and Dupuy’s will always be a stop for me when in Abbeville. To learn more check out their menu here http://www.dupuys.com

My love of South Louisiana begins with the solid value system of the Cajuns. They are a proud people who value family, having a good time, helping others, and God. They are humble, frugal, and know not to waste resources. The South Louisiana environment is swampy and humid and it provides all that one needs. It may not be for everyone, but I love it. Here are a few photos from my road trip. I hope you enjoy them. All photos Copyright Albert Moyer, Jr 2021

The Acadian Village is a great historical venue that gives one the feel of what life was like in the 1800’s in a Cajun Village. Many of the French Nova Scotians traveled to Louisiana to escape religious persecution. They did so in grand fashion using the available land resources to build extensive communities. In modern times, Cajun culture has spread throughout the world. People want Crawfish (`ecrevisse), Cracklins (Gratons), Boudin, Alligator, Turtle, Wild Hog, Duck, Sweet Dough Pies, and all the great things Cajun, including the music.

To be an Honorary Cajun is simple, you agree to do the following: Eat Cajun food, listen to Cajun Music, be filled with joy (joie de vivre), and pass a good time with laughter, happiness, and jokes. Let the good times roll! Laissez Les bons temps rouler!

Here are a few photos from the Acadian Village. I hope they inspire you to learn more and pay a visit to this wonderful historical cultural center. For more information click here https://acadianvillage.org/ All photos Copyright Albert Moyer, Jr 2021

Words of Wisdom- A Haiku

They say keep your ducks

In a row for good business

I can’t agree more.

2021 Albert Moyer, Jr photography and poetry

Pictured male and female Black Bellied Whistling Ducks

2020 was an awkward year as the Covid-19 pandemic took hold. In many places there were grocery stores with empty shelves. Some Americans are spoiled people who are used to having everything. This is of course my opinion through observation. Many restaurants were shut down and people had to cook their own food. Quite a few Americans struggled having to live like many people live around the globe without restaurants available. When things do not go your way one must adapt. This year I focused more on my Mexican and German cooking, Soups, and Bean dishes, but also adapted to not having certain items readily available at the store. With this change, I was able to learn more culinary techniques, and apply them to even more delicious dishes. The one thing I am happy to see is more people learning to prepare their own food. That is a plus for 2020! Food is very important for the mind, body, and spirit. With that said, here is my 2020 year in food. Just a sampling of the 240 plus home meals I cooked this year. Bon Appetite!

2020 Albert Moyer, Jr. Photography

Magnifying Glass- A Haiku

The evidence there

Hidden to the naked eye

I will magnify.

2020 Albert Moyer, Jr. Photography and Poetry