Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Oh, Oh, Okra!
Sanda from Halycon Days about Okra. It never occurred to me how difficult it would be to describe Okra to the uninitiated. From my first bite, Okra has been my favorite vegetable. And it doesn't always taste the same - it can be crisply pickled, crunchy breaded and deep-fried, slimy boiled, or caramelized by pan frying in olive oil. It is a necessity for Gumbo, but I can't think of any other dish that absolutely requires it. My point, and I do have one, is that I have actually grown my own Okra this Summer! And it was amazing!
When my kids were little there was a very popular Seattle Music group. They did a very popular stage show with elaborate costumes. The first time I saw them on stage, they did their Vegetable Song, which involved asking audience member what their favorite vegetable was. For some strange reason (perhaps the curly hair?), they picked me to ask. I, of course, answered "Okra" and was rewarded with a look of such astonishment and dismay as I have ever seen. Well, it turns out the the whole 20 minute bit was based on no one saying "Okra". The singer was supposed to say "Okra", and proceed to introduce this unknown and therefore disliked, vegetable with costumes and dance. Sorry Tickle Toon Guys.