Inflatable sleds? They’re awesome, until you need to fit a fully blown up one into your little old Saturn. That’s when the awesome stops (for me, at least). Returning ours meant braving the mall not only in full Christmas Doom mode, but also in pre-blizzard get-all-your-driving-done-today crisis mode. And uh, not managing to get ourselves a better one. There goes sledding tomorrow. But meanwhile…

Me: Hey, let’s make something cajun tonight!
Dean: Sure, what do you think we need?

Several hours later, still with no recipe or real idea what to do, we wandered into Wegmans, where I grabbed a bunch of random things we seemed likely to need. I uh, wasn’t quite on track. Surprisingly, it all worked out okay. After some time rummaging through the Internet, we squished a bunch of seafood recipes into a veggie(for me) and veggie and sausage(for Dean) etouffe. You can find the main one on Recipezaar. Here’s the banged together version:

Probably Incorrect Etouffe

4 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup flour

1 bell pepper, chopped
1/2 – 1 chili pepper, diced very small (optional)
2 medium onions, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped

3 cups water
6 tablespoons barbecue sauce
1.5 cup chopped mushrooms
1 can black eyed peas
2 bay leaves
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon thyme
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbs parsley
1/16 – 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper

Sausage, shrimp, or other (optional)
Cooked rice (to serve over)

Melt butter over medium-low heat, then gradually stir in flour. Keep stirring constantly until the roux is smooth and light brown.

Remove from heat but keep stirring until it has cooled down and there is no risk of burning it.

Stir in pepper, garlic, onions, and celery. Return to burner and cook over medium heat until all vegetables are soft.

Stir in water, barbecue sauce, mushrooms, beans, and spices, then let simmer for 30 minutes.

If using precooked meat, stir in and cook about 2-3 minutes.
If using raw meat, stir in and let simmer until meat is thoroughly cooked.

Serve over rice.

The flavors seemed mostly right, but it still seems to be missing something. I’m not sure if this is a result of not having enough of something *cough*onions!!*cough*, the wrong bbq sauce, or possibly missing something entirely else… but at the same time, making it veggie in the first place might have destroyed it, to an extent.