Tuesday, July 31, 2012

It's All Coming Back, It's Coming Back to Me Now

I love okra.  Especially the breaded, fried kind.  Yum.  I live South enough that okra is a fairly common staple.  We have fried okra, pickled okra, okra cooked with squash and potatoes.

This summer we tried growing okra again (the last attempt was a big bust), and it succeeded!  We have four plants.  I would honestly double that for future consumption, because I can eat it all by myself, with no help from Lee.

I've been roasting it, which is really beyond simple.  I've found that the smallest stalks are most tender.  I think the general rule is "less than five inches", but I might hazard a guess that I like them best under three inches. 

I spray a pan with non stick and the okra a little too.  Then I sprinkle a small amount of seasoning on (I'm currently cooked on a Cajun blend), and bake in the oven about 10 to 15 minutes.

And the result is just delicious!!

I could have eaten three times as much as this and still thought I needed more.  Yum.

How do you eat your okra? 

Monday, July 30, 2012

It's All Coming Back, It's Coming Back to Me Now

Here I am!  Did you  miss me???

It's been a few months since I updated.  The break was nice, and I've enjoyed it.

Here's what you may have missed:

- I started a new job after three years at Early Head Start.  I miss EHS immensely, but am grateful for the experience in the social work field that I am gaining.

- I got accepted into the Masters of Social Work program.  I start in a few weeks!

- I'm blonde now

- I started participating in Foodie Pen Pals

- My husband and in-laws and I took a vacation to Branson, Missouri

- I have a summer garden with okra, tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers.  Except the peppers died.  Sad.

- I have been a reading fool since I've had a semester break from school.

- It's summer in Oklahoma and my house has no air conditioning.  It's hot here.  Really hot.

- I've ran at least one 5k a month.  I haven't really ran between them, but I've got a few races under my belt this year.

- I gave up soda.  For a few weeks.  And then I gave up giving up soda.

What about you?  What did I miss?