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Stick to the movies, Disney, leave the gumbo to the pros

This is what an actual bowl of gumbo looks like.
This is what an actual bowl of gumbo looks like. Courtesy

It has been one of the most controversial issues to hit the internet since it was invented by Al Gore and Bill Gates in 1976. The outrage has been strong and swift. Houses are divided, lines are drawn and sides have been chosen. And before you can mutter the words, “Thanks, Obama,” just hold your horses a minute. No, this has nothing to do with Colin Kaepernick or Mr. Trump or Sec. Clinton or the President — but it has everything to do with pride and taste.

This is gumbo country, y’all. And somebody done went and insulted our gumbology.

Walt Disney posted a video on its Facebook page for its film “The Princess and The Frog” that contained a recipe for “Tiana’s healthy gumbo.”

Say what?! Healthy gumbo? Get the pirogue fired up, Brother John, and gather up the spy boys because we’ve got to stop this monster known as healthy gumbo.

Where’s the roux?

The first notable difference between Tiana’s recipe and your Mawmaw’s of Big Momma’s is the fact that it doesn’t start with a roux. Anyone, and I do mean anyone, will tell you a good gumbo starts with a roux.

Everyone has a different secret when it comes to roux. I’m a fan of starting with pork fat or bacon grease and making it in a cast iron skillet in the oven until it gets that dark brown hue that makes a perfect gumbo.

Tiana’s recipe starts with peppers, onions and diced tomatoes. Where’s the celery, Tiana?

Then the Disney video calls for okra — you saute the peppers, onions, tomatoes and okra. Anyone’s Mamere will tell you that the okra goes in at the end because it’s a thickening agent.

How dare this cartoon child known as Tiana add her okra at the beginning of the recipe?

After adding some low sodium chicken stock and some seasonings, Tiana’s recipe call for whole wheat flour. There’s no reason to even discuss how messed up this is.

The real tragedy comes at the end of the recipe when it calls for kale and it is served with quinoa instead of white rice. This was just too much.

It immediately caused this reaction:

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By the way, “The Princess and the Frog” was one of the first Disney animated films to feature an African American heroine and cast. It was set in New Orleans, where there are a billion different ways to make gumbo. A young Tiana can be seen making a gumbo for her father early in the film. She is a self-reliant child.

The Facebook page for the film was more than likely for children, although there are surely some adult fans of the film.

Approximately 14 percent of the population of the state of Louisiana has diabetes and more than 15 percent of the people in Mississippi have diabetes. How dare someone suggest cutting out some 10 million grams of fat in gumbo and replacing it with healthy fats like olive oil?

And the health values of both kale and quinoa have them both labeled as a “superfood,” meaning they contain things that work to heal your body instead of causing it further damage.

Oh yeah, in case we forget, the recipe was also designed so that it could be prepared by children.

In the end, Disney received so much grief for the video that they removed it from the page.

Yay. Social media wins again. What’s that? You have to go because it’s time to give Mamere her insulin? Run along honeychile, leave the kale behind. I’ll use it in my maque choux.

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