The Walkers and Crawfish: A Long Line of Tradition

The Walkers and Crawfish: A Long Line of Tradition

Native Americans were catching and eating crawfish for years before the Acadians arrived, although some legends tell of the northeastern lobster following the Acadians to Louisiana and shrinking in size over the long journey.  The Acadians took quite well to the local crawfish, and they became a major part of the Cajun culture.

Crawfish-or mudbugs, as they are called since the popular species in Louisiana burrow into the wet ground of the freshwater bayous-can be boiled whole with spices and vegetables. The tender meat can be featured in a variety of Cajun cuisine from étouffée to meat pies. Every spring when crawfish are in season Louisiana families, like the Walkers, spend their afternoons gathered around picnic tables picking crawfish. They spread old newspaper across long tables where they dump a giant pot of steaming crawfish along with boiled potatoes, garlic cloves, corn on the cob, whole mushrooms, and onions.

Some of the Walkers’ fondest memories involve farming crawfish themselves. One of TW’s clients has a crawfish pond. When TW’s brother, Bob was coming to Ville Platte for Easter with his family, TW asked his client if the kids could come by and pick up some crawfish with the hand nets. “Mais, cher, don’t worry about that,” TW’s client said, using the Cajun term of endearment. “I’ll tell my guy not to make his run on Saturday morning, and y’all can just go pick up all the traps.”

TW couldn’t believe this generous offer. He loaded up the whole family, and they headed to the ponds. “Jack and Joe were just waist-high then,” recalls TW. “We pulled them behind us in a boat and waded through the water without hip boots on, even Mama Jen. I think we came up with over 250 pounds of crawfish.” A good rule of thumb is three pounds of crawfish per person, which means the Walkers hit the mother load. “We got to be crawfish farmers for the day,” Jack remembers fondly.

TW’s client invited them back year after year. As Jack and Joe got older, they wore snake-proof boots and started pulling the boats through the muddy water for the younger kids to ride. “It’s always a good weekend,” says TW. “It brought all the family together.” The Walkers took all those crawfish back to the Bayou Chicot house and cooked them in the backyard under twinkle lights TW strung from the trees. “We ate for two hours, Cajun French music blaring in the background,” says Bob. “Living in Mississippi, I wanted my kids to experience the way I grew up.”

Today when the Walkers eat crawfish, they all remember those Easter weekends. They pop off the heads and suck the juices, peel off the shell and pop the meat in their mouths.

The Slap Ya Mama seasoning tingles their lips just perfectly, and they’re taken right back to those Easter weekends way back when.

 

Slap Ya Mama’s Low Sodium Seasoning Blend

Slap Ya Mama’s Low Sodium Seasoning Blend

There’s a reason why Slap Ya Mama’s Low Sodium blend is so popular! 75 million Americans have hypertension or high blood pressure. That’s a whopping 29 percent! Hypertension is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke and only 48 percent of people with those that suffer have it under control. Many health specialists believe that the reason why hypertension is such a problem in the US is based on our diet.

Over the past century, salt has been the subject of intense scientific research related to blood pressure elevation and cardiovascular-related deaths. The way your blood pressure is raised is much more complicated than you may think. Here is how high levels of sodium affects your body. Salt works on your kidneys to make your body retain more water, and this extra water raises your blood pressure which puts a strain on your kidneys, arteries, heart, and even your brain.

Kidneys

High blood pressure causes extra strain and damages your kidneys and puts you at risk for kidney disease. This reduces their ability to filter out unwanted and toxic waste products. If left untreated, this can lead to kidney failure.

Arteries

The extra blood pressure caused by eating too much salt puts extra strain on the insides of your arteries. When this happens, the organs of the body that were receiving the blood from the arteries become starved of the oxygen and the nutrients they need. This can also turn fatal if untreated.

Heart

Raised blood pressure caused by eating too much salt may damage the arteries leading to the heart. The heart will not work as well because it will not receive enough oxygen and nutrients. This is what leads to a heart attack.

Here in Louisiana, we love our sodium. Many of our favorite dishes are flavorful because of the spices alone. Here at Slap Ya Mama, we pride ourselves on offering our signature Cajun Seasoning in a low sodium option. Now, you can enjoy the spicy and delicious flavor of Slap Ya Mama without the health risks!