black-eyed peas & okra, anyone?

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my husband went to a friend’s farm yesterday & brought home okra…this yankee has no idea what to do with either one. black-eyed peas & okra is a VERY Southern food. the squash is not edible anymore, too many seeds i’ve been told.

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  1. Spray a cookie sheet with olive oil. Slice the okra cross wise into circles, fairly thin. Put them on the cookie sheet, sprinkle with salt, spray top with olive oil, and put in the oven at 350 until crispy… delish! I just ate a whole bunch of okra!!
    Beautiful photos, too!

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    1. Amy Saab says:

      oh, Brilliant! Thank you so much for the recipe! ~amy

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  2. Lovely okra, I do like okra šŸ˜‰

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  3. Shake the cut okra (make sure the okra is dry before you cut it) in a bag with a little flour. Remove and shake off the excess flour. Then fry a bit before you add any liquid. It will not be slimy. I guarantee. I like to cook okra east indian style or southern style (shake it with white corn meal and fry it with bacon fat and fresh hot peppers).

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    1. Amy Saab says:

      WOW, thank you, Gretchen! I am passing on this information to my husband. He is the best cook in the house! ~amy

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  4. thegentlemanfarmer says:

    Keep eating like that and you’ll be saying y’all before you know it…

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    1. Amy Saab says:

      20 years gone since i moved to Alabama…I still sound the same. My poor kids don’t really fit in at school because they have yankee accents too. It is hard on them & breaks my heart. ~amy

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      1. thegentlemanfarmer says:

        Well, that’s no good and I have no easy answer except to talk real slow, drawl vowels real long, and keep practicing the old y’all…

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  5. jr cline says:

    The squash is definitely past it’s prime. I’d boil the peas and okra and some onion. Toss in a bunch of greens on top to steam the last five minutes. Season however you like.

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    1. Amy Saab says:

      Yeah, my husband brought home the squash for pretty, not to eat. His mom gave him a great (he said) recipe for the okra…I prefer them fried b/c it gets rid of the slimy feel. Thank you for your recipe, jr cline. ~amy

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      1. jr cline says:

        Fried is good. I don’t fry anything. It makes too big of a mess just to cook for one.

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  6. I have always found okra to be a rather disturbing vegetable…

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    1. Amy Saab says:

      Ha! Yes, i agree with your comment very much. Furry & slimy really is a bit gross. ~amy

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  7. Tim Diggles says:

    Okra is lovely, a staple of Indian food. I use it whole (with end cut off) in curries, or, just lightly fried in butter or olive oil.

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    1. Amy Saab says:

      I didn’t know that, Tim. Thank you for telling me that. My husband is going to cook them…I will eat them, but I don’t think i can get past the slimy/furry feel. ~amy

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      1. Tim Diggles says:

        When cooked that goes! I use them in stews as well. They are also known as Lady’s Fingers or in India Bhindi. Hope you enjoy them!

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      2. Amy Saab says:

        Thank you, Tim. I’m sure my husband, who is a fantastic cook, will make me love okra or Lady’s fingers! ~amy

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  8. April says:

    Beautiful photos. As a Yankee living in the South, I can tell you that okra is awful any way it’s prepared. It has fur on it! Now, black eyed peas–yum!

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    1. Amy Saab says:

      Thank you for the compliment! AND i agree with you about okra. It is furry & slimy at the same time. I will admit…i do like it fried. I can’t help it. Not a fan of black eyed peas…kinda sandy feeling.
      You are a Yankee in the South too? I’m from Vermont, living in Alabama. Where are you from & where do you live now? Florida? ~amy

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      1. April says:

        Yup, a Yankee in the South. We are from the Seattle area, and are now living in the Atlanta area.

        Huge culture change for us.

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      2. Amy Saab says:

        April, that is a huge change. I so wish you the very best & lots of free air tickets to what you consider home. ~amy

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      3. April says:

        Thanks! My daughter graduated from high school early, and moved back. I miss her so much! The rest of my family is out there too. I am so thankful for Facetime and Skype.

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