Don’t Be Afraid of Oprah

I recently read on another blog about the mystery of the Montauk Monster. Have you seen this? A photo taken of an unknown monster-looking animal that had washed up on the sand. People are scared. They are asking questions.
Turtle without it’s shell?
Government experiment?
Amphibious Dog?
Decomposing Raccoon?
Who knows what this mysterious creature is? The question is, why are people scared? It’s not even alive! People are scared because it is unknown.
A great example of being scared of the unknown is Okra, or “Oprah” as Quinn calls it. I picked some up at the farmer’s market today. I thought I would try something new and different, broaden my horizons. My appendix-less brother-in-law twisted his face and said,
“Okra? Yuck.”
“Have you had it?” I inquired.
“No, but I have heard some nasty stories about boiling it and it turning into goop.”
“The people who create urban legends are getting bored if they are making up stories about Okra.”
Here I am to prove the skeptics wrong once again. Count on me to say, “Be not afraid, my child. Okra is your friend…and can taste quite good.”

Vegetarian Gumbo

Serves 6

2 Tb Olive Oil

2 c brown rice

1 lb okra, sliced

3 green peppers, chopped

1 lg onion, chopped

2 cans chopped tomato

3/4 c white wine

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

2 tsp Cajun blackening seasoning

hot sauce to taste (optional)

Cook Rice as directed.

Heat olive oil in a pan. Add okra and onion. Saute until onion is translucent. Add green peppers and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes. Stir in remaining ingredients and simmer for about 15 minutes.

Serve over rice.

2 thoughts on “Don’t Be Afraid of Oprah

  1. Mallika

    I’ve just cooked okra and seen at least 5 different okra recipes on the blogosphere right now. The problem with it is the slime, but if you rinse it in cold water, allow to cool and then cut and cook the slime miraculously disappears. I love the stuff!


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