i hope somebody can answer this, but if it's too complicated don't bother. what is a roux? i have not had gumbo since i was a child and then it was cooked by a neighbor of mine and all i remember about it was that it was like a soup, had rice and tomatoes and some kind of nasty critters in it i didn't want to eat. but it was just homemade stuff not from a chef. what is supposed to be in gumbo?