Thursday, June 21, 2007

Bayou Mummy & Cajun Joe

It’s always baffled me how a mummy, a creature created of an extreme dry climate, could not only manage to wind up in the swamps of the deep south… but survive to wreak havok… but as “The Mummy’s Curse” and “Bubba Ho-Tep” have taught us… they do.

For you fans of the creepy, you will remember Cajun Joe as the character in “The Mummy’s Curse” that first tells everyone about a mummy that wanders the swamp… odd that he knows so much about the whole thing isn’t it? No wonder that Kharis gets him…

Enjoy these as you wrap yourself up in front of the TV, enjoy our Cajun-fied version of the Egyptian dish “Om Ali” and a cup of our bourbon and rum laced Cajun coffee… Even sing along with the refrains of "Hey You (Yoo Hoo)." And make Tante Berthe proud!

Dine Deadly,

Bayou Mummy

Suggested movie accompaniments:
The Mummy's Curse (1944)
Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)

8 oz (1/2 a box) of filo dough
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup diced, dried peaches
1 cup raw pecan pieces
3 cups milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 eggs
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup spiced rum
1/2 cup bourbon whiskey

1. Preheat oven to 300ºF.
2. Cut filo into approximately 1 inch strips, to resemble bandages.
3. Paint strips with melted butter, and place onto cookie sheets. Don’t flatten out, let them fold and crumple (see example.)
4. Bake them in oven until lightly golden, about 10 to 15 minutes.
5. Remove from oven and turn up heat to 500ºF.
6. Use left over melted butter to grease baking dish.
7. Place a layer of toasted filo on the bottom of the dish, top with some pecans and dried peaches, top with more filo, and continue layering.
8. In a large sauce pan wisk together , milk, cream , eggs, rum and whiskey.
9. Over medium heat bring liquid to a simmer, making sure to stir, and be careful not to let it burn.
10. Pour liquid over the filo and bake for 15 minutes. Make sure to watch, to make sure it doesn’t burn, as the oven is at high heat.
11. Remove from oven and let cool. Serve warm.

Cajun Joe

Ingredients (per person)
1 cup coffee with chicory (like café du mond, or French market) brewed according to directions on can.
1 Tbls. Brown sugar
1 Tbls. Spiced rum
1 Tbls. Bourbon whiskey
3 Tbls. Half and half
heavy cream or whipped cream

1. Mix coffee, brown sugar, rum, whiskey and half and half.
2. To garnish, slowly pour cream to float on the top of the coffee. To make a skull in the cream, very slowly pour (more like drip) cream into the shape of a skull. If the eyes and details fill in, you can take a toothpick, dip into the coffee and then drip into the cream skull to open up a “hole”.
3. If you don’t want to deal with making a skull out of cream, its equally good with whipped cream on the top.

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