Beignets on the Bayou! July 1, 2007 8:17 PM   Subscribe

My wife and I are having friends over for a beignet brunch on the morning of the 4th. I'd love it if any Louisiana MeFites could join us. Drop me a line and bring your favorite additive.
posted by atchafalaya to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:17 PM (26 comments total)

your favorite additive.

Mono-sodium glutamate?
posted by IronLizard at 9:03 PM on July 1, 2007


This is getting ridiculous. I was in Madison the day before the Madison meet up, and and I just got back from New Orleans & Lafayette. *sigh*
posted by niles at 10:03 PM on July 1, 2007


Mustard
posted by tellurian at 10:41 PM on July 1, 2007


So never having seen the word 'beignet' before, I checked my dictionary, and it's a doughnut, is this correct? You're inviting strangers to your house for doughnuts on Wednesday?

Is this common practice in southern USA? It just seems quite outside my social norms.
posted by wilful at 1:03 AM on July 2, 2007


Mmmm . . . beignets.
posted by fandango_matt at 4:06 AM on July 2, 2007


It just seems quite outside my social norms.

Dude, it's not "inviting strangers to your house for donuts on a Wednesday" it's "a midweek beignet brunch with Mefites a la maison". Brunch being not quite breakfast, not quite lunch, with a slice of cantaloupe at the end. Do I have to explain everything to you boors?
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 4:27 AM on July 2, 2007


When do you invite strangers to your house for doughnuts?
posted by nola at 5:22 AM on July 2, 2007


You're inviting strangers to your house for doughnuts on Wednesday?

In case you're serious, Wednesday is the Fourth of July, which is a big 'ol holiday in the US of A. And yes, it's common practice to celebrate it in some fashion (being as I am from Canuckistan, their strange ways confuse and frighten me, too).
posted by biscotti at 6:07 AM on July 2, 2007


Saying beignets are donuts is like saying MetaFilter is Fark. They're all that and a sprinkling of sugar.

gnfti, does 'oilybols' mean anything to you? I was once told that that's what beignets are called in Holland. Was he pulling my chain?
posted by and hosted from Uranus at 6:38 AM on July 2, 2007


Burhanistan is far from NOLA, but that sounds like a nice thing to do. I was just thinking of how to mark the 4th in a polite and gentle manner seeing as fireworks, gauche music, and beer don't really cut if for my ilk. Inviting people over for a quiet brunch is great idea. Thanks!
posted by Burhanistan at 6:47 AM on July 2, 2007


What fandango_matt said. I wish I was in Louisiana now.
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:08 AM on July 2, 2007


Oh how well we know how much cortex loves a donut.
posted by philomathoholic at 7:33 AM on July 2, 2007


gnfti, does 'oilybols' mean anything to you?

Absolutely. It's a traditional New Years' Eve food, and it's spelt "oliebol", pl. "oliebollen". But they are definitely not the same as what you would call beignets.

They *are*, however, commonly served alongside "appelbeignets", which I would say are similar to your beignets, but made with apples and reminiscent in taste of apple pie.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 8:37 AM on July 2, 2007


Oh and you guys pronounce it behn-YAY, amirite? How about the plural? In Dutch it's pronounced in that French way as well (kind of like bin-YAY), but we add the un-French s sound for the plural.

And what's with "hijinks", huh? Three dotted letters in a row! Some might say it should be written with a hyphen, but still. Of course, every generation hyphenates as they please. These are good topics Lou, feel free to chime in.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 8:41 AM on July 2, 2007


So they're as Dutch as apple pie?

And explain again how Danishes fit into all this?

posted by cortex (staff) at 8:42 AM on July 2, 2007


Yeah, it's funny how different civilizations all try to lay claim to having invented something, or how it permeates their languages and cultures in ways that portray it as somehow "typically" theirs.

Face it, Amerika. When it comes to culture you've got nothing going for ya but a shared dislike of European religious persecution, a strange type of football one plays with the hands, and a deep, deep-seated ignorance of portobello mushrooms.

And the Danish thing was funny for about four seconds in 2005, 'tex.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 8:50 AM on July 2, 2007


yeah well your FACE
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:52 AM on July 2, 2007


wot, no armies?
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 9:03 AM on July 2, 2007


my sleevies are in the wash
posted by cortex (staff) at 9:07 AM on July 2, 2007


Metafilter- inviting strangers to your house for donuts on a Wednesday.
posted by Sailormom at 9:45 AM on July 2, 2007


Thanks for the rundown, gdiddy. I can't wait to get my slimynut on come December 31.
posted by and hosted from Uranus at 9:48 AM on July 2, 2007


from wiki page: Oliebollen en oliekoeken

Oh no, they didn't!

posted by and hosted from Uranus at 9:50 AM on July 2, 2007


I know. Kooky.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 2:46 PM on July 2, 2007


I don't recognize my thread anymore.
posted by atchafalaya at 5:04 PM on July 2, 2007


atchafalaya, sorry if this seems like a threadjack.

Kudos on the great initiative, and I'd show up if you weren't half a world away.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 7:17 PM on July 2, 2007


No, it was great. Sorry you can't make it.
posted by atchafalaya at 7:34 AM on July 3, 2007


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