Mystery solved

10:00:00 PM

I know we (Julian, Me, and I) watch a lot of TV. Julian usually gets fixated with a particular show and it takes a while before he gets interested with a new one. From cartoon series to movies, we’ve probably watched each not less than 8 times.

These past few weeks, we’ve been watching a lot of The Princess and The Frog. We already watched it constantly some months back and now it is Julian’s favorite again.

Photo here
From watching it every single day, here’s what we gained so far:
  1. We can name all of the characters (Tiana, Prince Naveen, Lawrence, Big Daddy, Lottie, Dr. Facilier, Mama Odie, Juju, Louis, Raymond, Evangeline, Eudora, Tia’s Daddy, Buford, the two Mr. Fenner, Violet, Georgia, Reggie, Darnell, Two Fingers, Pink Flamingoes, Shadows, Fireflies, Travis, Kitty and Puppy, Stella the dog)
  2. Re-tell the story with all the nitty-gritty (Select 08 and you go to the scene where Dr. Facilier is dragged by the shadows or Select 06 and you go to the swamp scene with the 3 hillbillies.)
  3. Sing along to the songs.
We pretty much know the movie like the back of our hands but we realized we’re missing out on some details:
  • Who’s behind Tiana’s voice?
  • Is Naveen voiced by Antonio Banderas?
  • Why is Mama Odie blind?
  • What are the titles of the songs?
  • What does GUMBO taste like?
  • What does SWAMP GUMBO taste like?
  • And MOST IMPORTANTLY, what the hell are BEIGNETS???
With the help of the ever wonderful GOOGLE, I was able to find the answers to our questions:
  • Anika Noni rose is the voice behind Tiana.
  • Nope, Naveen was not voiced by Antonio Banderas. It was Bruno Campos.
  • Didn’t get any info as to why she’s blind.
  • Got the complete list of songs and character bios here!
  • I’ve been to Gumbo before but never tried any of their gumbo's (there's seafood and chicken gumbo). But here’s a recipe or just go to Gumbo again.
  • I actually don’t want to know how that tastes like.
  • And those BEIGNETS [ben-yey; Fr. be-nye]! Oh! I was so happy they’re real!
So what are Beignets? They’re like doughnuts! Only they’re square and without a hole, sprinkled with sugar or frosting, and sometimes with fruit filling.
Photo by Radagast at Flickr
Beignets were also brought to Louisiana by the Acadians. These were fried fritters, sometimes filled with fruit. Today, the Beignet is a square piece of dough, fried and covered with powdered sugar. They are served in orders of three.
I doubt if I can ever find a store that sells Beignets, but at least they’re a mystery no more. I’ll settle for doughnuts for the mean time. But if you’re curious about them yourself and you have some skills in the baking department, here’s a recipe you might want to try. Send me some if you may.

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