Did you know that many of the unusual words and phrases we use are borrowed from the French language, brought here by the first founders and settlers of New Orleans?
New Orleans Saying French/Cajun French
- make groceries faire du shopping (to go shopping)
- make do-do faire dormer (to go to sleep)
- parrain parrain (godfather)
- by my house chez moi
If you know any other words or phrases influenced by French, post a comment to this blog!
Fleur de lis is literally translated from French as “flower of the lily.” It can be seen on the Saints helmet and all around town.
Delgado Community College professor Susan Hague returns home to New Orleans with exotic spices, a new wardrobe and an appreciation for another rich culture. Hague was awarded a Fulbright Scholar program grant and spent the last year teaching a class on interpersonal communication at the Goa Institute of Management in India.
“If New Orleans had a child it would be Goa,” said Susan Hague. “Going from New Orleans to India was an easy adjustment. New Orleanians like garlic and heat and India loves those things, too.” Hague has a favorite dish that she learned to cook very well, called biryani. It is made with vegetables and chicken. “Vegetables are the norm there—you have to ask for non-veg. The vegetarian food there is safer and very yummy.”
While in India, Hague purchased outfits like her colleagues to teach during class time. Attire for women is very modest in India. “You cover up more. You don’t run around in skimpy outfits,” said Hague. The typical garb for women includes a kurta (similar to a tunic), a dupatta (similar to a stole or long scarf), and churidars (similar to leggings).
Hague observed that the people of India prefer things to be colorful and that most events evolve around food just like New Orleans. When asked what she enjoyed most about her time there, she replied, “Good food prepared well and going to the beach at the Arabian Sea after I completed the Fulbright.”
Laddoos Recipe (dessert)
- 1 cup gram flour (chickpea flour)
- 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
Roast the flour until it is fragrant and cooked, then put on a plate.
Add gee and sugar until you can form a ball—can mix in currants after fried until bloated to make the balls.
Most of us spend a lot of time at Delgado Community College and occasionally we get hungry and want to grab something to eat or we have time between classes and need to run an errand. Well, the Mid-City and Lakeview neighborhoods can look forward to a new strip mall slated to open by September on Carrollton Avenue. The Mid-City Market will have eateries and retailers, such as Winn Dixie, Felipe’s Taqueria, Pinkberry, Five Guys®, Pei Wei Asian Diner, Office Depot, Jefferson Feed Pet and Garden Center, Panera Bread, Pizza Hut, Verizon Wireless, and LA Nails Spa.
Also on the horizon in the very near future is a Whole Foods on Broad Street and a Costco on Palmetto Street.