Thought you’d tasted everything? It seems, an undiscovered Louisiana delicacy has been floating right under our noses. Or perhaps right under the bows of our pirogues. Graine à voler in Cajun French, or American Lotus to everybody else, the huge, sweet-scented late summer bloomer of the swamps turns out to be a choice snack food of those in the know. Pluck the green seed pods and split them open to reveal the large, grape-size seeds. Raw, they are addictive, according to Houma native Derek Usea. “When you start, you can’t stop,” he told the Houma Courier. Usea also simmers them with crab boil, while his mother, Shurlene Usea prefers simple salt water. “I’m 60 years old,” she told the Courier, “and I’ve been eating graine à voler for 60 years.”
Is it a crime for citizens to photograph, video, or take notes of a police officer in the line of duty, or a right protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution? Locally, such activity, as witnessed recently, will at the very least result in a night spent behind bars.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
Episcopal School of Acadiana’s Dr. Joshua Caffery, chair of the school’s English Department, is headed to Washington, D.C., and the Library of Congress as the latest winner of the Alan Lomax Fellowship in Folklife Studies.