chez Josh in New Orleans

(The photos with me in it are by our friend Jill Dupré)

We arrived late this afternoon to New Orleans. And I found myself immediately installed in the kitchen cooking for ten. We are celebrating tonight, a visit that’s two years overdue for me, and a homecoming of sort for David. We are at a gorgeous old house belonging to Josh, David’s old school friend, and Jill, his lovely wife.

The house, sitting on the beautiful and high-ground Esplanande,
survived Katrina with only a window blown out. Some other
friends around the table tonight didn’t fare so well. But no matter, they are now back in their beloved city. And the night brought exciting
news of even more of their friends moving back to town. "That’s what
dinner conversations here are like these days", Josh turned to explain to
me. They are preoccupied with putting their lives and their city back
together. Even the once rousing sign at the airport "Laissez les
bons temps rouler"
has changed to the sober "Laissez les Economy rouler."

I’m so excited to be here. David just can’t wait to show me all his
old favorites. This city was where he found his love of food, where he had his first kitchen job, and he is
more than eager to show it to me. It’s going to be a fun few days.

It might seems a little odd, coming to New Orleans to appreciate the
food, but ending up cooking a big Thai dinner the first night in town
instead of dressing up and going to -say- Galatoire. But Josh spent
quite a few years working in Bangkok, so this is a homecoming of sort
for him too. The cooking was fun, everyone helped, even little Mathilda and Mose. The free flowing champagne probably helped some too.

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  • http://www.elise.com/recipes Elise

    Hi Pim,
    I love what is written on the hood above the stove – “Be kind. Respect people and property. Be responsible. Do your best work.” That pretty much sums it up, doesn’t it? Sounds like you are with great people. Have a wonderful time in Nawhlins!

  • http://www.nordljus.co.uk/en/ keiko

    Have a great time, Pim and David! Looking forward to hearing more about it when you get back.
    Lovely kitchen, btw :)

  • http://beastmomma.squarespace.com beastmomma

    What a wonderful way to bring in the New Year. Celebrating food while talking about how to put your life back together. It seems like we are always trying to put things together at one level or another.

  • jeremiah

    i wish my kitchen was half that cool.

  • http://www.ifantabulous.com Lil

    that is such a lovely kitchen to work in, and it looks so much fun which i am sure you had, so continue feasting all the way, New Orleans style or other ;)

  • http://www.rasamalaysia.com Rasa Malaysia

    Pim – you’ve got to share the food pictures and recipes…quick quick I want to see. :)

  • http://www.chubbypanda.com Chubbypanda

    It’s great that everyone is coming together in New Orleans. I hope the city is able to survive.
    - Chubbypanda

  • http://www.meltingwok.com MeltingWok

    oh no, those mid-long stems thingy in the picture looked so homey to me, are those lemongrass ? what’s cooking, by the way ?:)

  • sarah

    I saw pad thai for beginners and I guess I am one of many who are curious about cooking this dish. I followed your instructions to the letter and I thought they were very easy, thank you. Since I have seen this blog I have read it avidly. I made the sauce as you said but I found it a little too tangy. I am not really sure what the authentic pad thai tastes like since I have only had it in malls from the food court (shame on me), and it was very sweet and almost a pink colour. If the sauce is too tangy what should I do?