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Old 12-09-2006, 01:20 PM   #1
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Okra

Okra.....

Love it? Hate it? Boiled? Fried? Pickled?

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Old 12-09-2006, 01:26 PM   #2
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Breaded, deep fried, and pretending to eat vegetables.
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Old 12-09-2006, 01:27 PM   #3
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love it in soup/gumbo...stews, etc ... also fried etc.
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Old 12-09-2006, 01:27 PM   #4
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I love it; it is great in some baked casseroles too.
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Old 12-09-2006, 01:31 PM   #5
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I like my lady's fingers fried with chilli or done as ratatouille Greek-style.
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Old 12-09-2006, 02:31 PM   #6
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I LOVE it, & grow it every year in the garden - heck, even in containers on the deck, since it's such an attractive plant.

I use it (of course!) in gumbos & jambalaya, & if I'm doing a quicky Zatarain's version, fresh okra really adds a spark. I also add it to soups, stirfries, & stewed tomatoes, & also enjoy it both fried & pickled.
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Old 12-09-2006, 02:38 PM   #7
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Like it a lot. Dredged in cornmeal and fried, in soups, stewed tomatoes and okra. Good stuff.
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Old 12-09-2006, 02:56 PM   #8
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Okra and Tomatoes....mmmmmm shut yo mouth!!! If a week goes by with out it...I can get hard to live with!
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Old 12-09-2006, 04:05 PM   #9
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I like Okra a lot especially in soups.
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Old 12-09-2006, 04:34 PM   #10
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Never tried it. The description of it as 'slimy' is a bit of a turn-off. One day I'll get round to it.

Can anyone give me a 'tastes a bit like....' description?
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Old 12-09-2006, 06:31 PM   #11
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My DH loved stewed tomatoes, Green Giant canned corn and Okra..(frozen) stewed togather.
Sounds like you might also be from the South.
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Old 12-09-2006, 08:22 PM   #12
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Only ever used it for Gumbo. Willing to try it other ways. I hear that Fried Okra is excellent!
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Old 12-10-2006, 03:17 AM   #13
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Never tried it. The description of it as 'slimy' is a bit of a turn-off. One day I'll get round to it.

Can anyone give me a 'tastes a bit like....' description?
The slimy-ness disappears depending on how you cook it. We saute ours in olive oil until they're a bit browned and crunchy. Yummm! Hard to describe the taste, really. I'd just say it's good enough to be worthwhile for you to buy some and try it!
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Old 12-10-2006, 07:57 AM   #14
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I love it any way it can be eaten. Hubby can't stand when I eat boiled okra, I usually boil several small ones to eat while I'm frying the rest.
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Old 12-10-2006, 08:52 AM   #15
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We eat okra a lot. It is a staple I guess in the Indian diet.

The best okra's are the baby okra's. They are not as gummy, and tough as their bigger counterparts. I like to rinse them in cold water, dry them out a bit in a colander and cut of their tops and tiny bit of the bottoms.

I then add a little bit of whole cumin in some canola or olive oil and a bunch of dry spices - chilli powder, freshly roasted and ground cumin, freshly roasted and ground corrainder and some turmeric and salt. I then add the okra, stir and let them cook until they are almost dry (yes the color changes to almost a deep brown but it dries them out and makes them crispy and yummy). I finish them with a sprinkle of lemon juice.

That with some dal (cooked beans) and rice on the side, a crispy papad (wafer made with beans) and I am in food heaven
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Old 12-10-2006, 10:05 AM   #16
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Ooh - forgot about curries!! I also add okra to both Thai & Indian curries, or serve them Indian style, as noted above, as a vegetable in their own right.
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it`s perfectly Disgusting!

too many seeds for a start (I can`t eat seeds) but that comes no where Near close to the slimey disgustingness that remains, it`s like eating KY jelly <shudder>.

if Okra was the last vegetable left on earth, I`de demand a recount!
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...it`s like eating KY jelly <shudder>...


!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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LOL, well it might as well be hadn`t it, infact IMO it`s a few poppy seeds away from being Frog spawn :P

edit: a thought just occured to me whislt thinking along these lines, I wonder if an Extract of this could be made as a Gluten replacement? Xanthan gum goes almost exactly the same when hydrated and that IS used as Gluten replacement.
Might be worth a shot!
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Old 12-10-2006, 03:15 PM   #20
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Yo Dove....

American by birth.....Southern by the Grace fo God!!!!

I have a good friend that I tell..."You were not born in the South but you got here a quick as you could" Bless her heart!
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