Cajun Dictionary

Cajun Dictionary – F


Fais do do (fay-doe-doe) – A big, lively party with food, music and dancing and festivities that last long into the night.

Fat Tuesday – “Mardi Gras,” the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of the Roman Catholic season of Lent.  Fat Tuesday is the last day for indulgence and festivity before the 40 days of sacrifice during Lent.

File (fee-lay) – Finely ground sassafras leaves, added at the end of cooking, and used to season and thicken gumbo.   Recipe:  Chicken and Andouille Gumbo

Freesons – goose bumps.

French bread – A loaf of bread with a flaky and crispy crust and a light and airy center.  It should be noted that some places sell bread they call French bread that is not the real thing.  You know you’re eating real French bread when you take a bite out of your sandwich and a bunch of crumbs fall onto your plate . . . or table . . . or lap!

Fricassee (free-kay-say) – A stew made by browning and then removing meat from the pan, making a roux with the pan drippings, and then returning the meat to simmer in the thick gravy.