Every year for the past 4-5 years or so, I have signed up to receive a CSA (community supported agriculture) share for the late spring/summer/early fall months. What is a CSA? This means I pay a lump sum at the beginning of the season, and get a bag of produce every week, which varies depending on weather and availability. The farmer(s) decide what I get to eat, which means that the vegetables are currently in season, often at their peak, and amazingly fresh. This also means I have no say in the vegetables I get, but also means that I can plan meals around the vegetables, which sometimes actually helps me get a head start!
Most of the time there is no one at the CSA pick-up, or if there is, we keep to ourselves, check our names off the list, take our stuff, and leave. However, about a month ago, I bumped into a nice lady named Robin, and we chatted about what we wanted to do with such-and-such crops in the share that week.
I got stuck on okra, though…what to do with a big bag of okra, besides made gumbo, which I didn’t have time to do that week?
I’m from the South-let me tell you how to cook the okra, Robin said.
Ooh! Yes. This should be good.
Slice the okra into thin disks, coat with cornmeal, pan-fry on low, and season with salt and black pepper.
Nope; the sliminess from the okra will help bind the cornmeal. When I was growing up, while our family said grace before dinner, my siblings would have their hands hovering over the plate, ready to snatch.
Skeptical but amused, I set out to make okra a la Robin. And let me tell you…I had no trouble seeing why her siblings fought over it! It disappeared in seconds, the first time I made it.
Just like with the beef and corn recipe, I lament not having been able to get this post out earlier, because I fear that okra will soon disappear from the produce aisles! No matter..if you can find okra, you should really make this recipe, especially because it requires less than 5 ingredients, even if you count the salt and pepper.
Wherever you are, Robin, thank you for sharing with me this simple but tasty preparation of okra!