Saturday, May 12, 2012

Cousins' Visit, Day 2

This is the second day of my cousins' visit last weekend. If you want to read about their first day, read here.

Our day started with breakfast and then we went to attend mass at St. Mary's Basilica.

The church is beautiful inside and out, built in 1842. If you are ever in this area, this is a must see!

Then we went to the Carriage House, which is behind the Stanton Hall and used to house the horse carriages in the olden times. It is now a restaurant and we had brunch there.

After brunch, we toured the grounds and inside Dunleith, one of the grandest antebellum houses here. It is now a Bed & Breakfast, in fact that is where the hospital placed John and me during his interview.

Do you see my head peeking through the rooster topiary?

I love their courtyard.

We were like little ants in front of this mansion.

3 Southern belle cousins and a gentleman on the front porch!

I love this wrap around porch!
 After brunch, we had about an hour to rest at home and then we headed out again to tour the working plantation, Frogmore. What is so unique about Frogmore is that it was a cotton plantation in the 1800's and is still being operated today and the way it used to be is all preserved. The slaves' quarters and its contents are still intact so that we can see and feel first hand how they used to live.
 They are normally close on Sundays but John contacted the owner and Lynette was kind enough to give us a private tour. She is so knowledgeable and we really enjoyed her giving us the tour.
 Claude gets so excited about old kitchen stuff.
 He collects vintage coke items too. I gave him my coca cola crate and a coke handled box, some bottles and glasses. I figured I can always find and buy them in the future since I am such an avid shopper. Their shopping time here was just so limited. I wish I could have brought them to antique shops in Natchez but they are close on Sundays.
On our way to the gin (short for engine), which is inside this building. Lynette showed us step by step, how the cotton was processed before all the modern machinery were used.
Lynette was showing us the primitive kitchen utensils that the slaves used during their time, while John attentively listened. Do you see the long wooden bowl on the floor? That's where the little children of the slaves shared their meals.
We drove by the Mississippi River just to show them. The other side of the river is Vidalia, LA.
I had made a reservation for dinner at the Magnolia Grill overlooking the MS River but when Claude found out that John's favorite dish is Paella, he told me to cancel the reservation and he would instead cook for us.

And so, we saved the best for last, a cooking lesson from Claude, the master chef and culinary artist. We enjoyed watching him cook and learning from him. It was quite a show and he showed us his technique of why his seafood paella turns out so tasty.

He  also told me to wipe my copper pots with acetone to get rid of the coating and then washing them before using them. He said they are coated with something that burns which has to be removed first before using them for the first time. I still have to do that.
It's cooked!.......the moment we have been waiting for.
Isn't that seafood paella looking so scrumptious? It's the best we have ever had and I assure you, we've had plenty, from all over the world, at different times.
And all Claude wanted was his steak, lol.
I also served crawfish because none of them have tried it before and they loved it. Maryann here is showing how much she ate, lol.
Mangoes for dessert. They are so good and sweet. I bought them from a Vietnamese store in Baton Rouge. They taste just like the ones we have back home in the Philippines. I bought 2 crates and John and I are still enjoying them.

Thanks for stopping by and sharing the excitement of my cousins' visit. We watched a DVD after dinner but we all fell asleep in front of the TV. It was a hectic, fun but exhausting day!

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Blondie's Journal said...

What a fun day, are such a great hostess. I really enjoyed the pictures of Claude making dinner, what a treat that must have been! I hope you have had some time to relax. Happy Mother's Day!


Debby@Just Breathe said...

Well you never disappoint. You showed them the most wonderful time. (Love the private tour) I know I would have enjoyed that outing. The food looks delicious.


Oh how fun! I can just feel the fun you're having with your cousins, it's great when family visits us. The plantation you toured us and your cousins is amazing, I love everything about it, BUT THE FOOD is killing me!! Wow, wish I could have some of that, your chef cousin must be thrilled!

Theresa said...

I tried to post on another post but couldn't you have a beautiful family & the sharing of showing them around photographs are beautiful. Have a lovely Mother's Day & same to your mom you are blessed to still have her. Visiting from

Jessica said...

Cool! Looks like a fun place to visit. The mansion was gorgeous!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Sounds and looks like you all had an enjoyable day with lots of great food. Thanks for sharing.
Enjoy your special day tomorrow - Happy Mother's Day.

eileeninmd said...

Hi Christine, what a lovely visit with your cousin. I loved the shot of the three of your girls on the porch. What a lovely Bed& breakfast! Thanks for sharing.

bj said...

wow...this sounds like such a great time.
That beautiful. I can't even IMAGINE living in something like that.
Happiest Mother's Day, dear heart.

Al said...

That looks like an amazing place, great shots.

Diann said...

Oh, this looked like a very fun day out! And the food....I'm drooling! Happy Mother's Day Christine!

Debbie said...

I've heard about Frogmore Plantation, and it's one of the places I've have thought that I'd like to visit. Actually, I would just enjoy a visit to your area, period.

The food looks delicious, and that antebellum porch is amazing.

My favorite shot, though, was of Christine the Topiary Head. LOL

Creations By Cindy said...

Oh I am enjoying this visit! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Traci said...


Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Looks like you had a wonderful visit, Christine...with lots of yummy food to top it off! Have a great week!...hugs...Debbie

mississippi artist said...

Looks like you all had a wonderful time. I want to visit St Mary's when I come back to Natchez. The dinner looks delicious,did you watch closely so you can recreate it for John?

Penyuluh Perikanan said...

I like this one crab food friend, post a nice, beautiful, cool, interesting, and very pretty
awaited follow my friend, thank you friend

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