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Farmer's market was a big hit today, lots of nummy foods. From my regular stalls I picked up watermelon, cantelope, corn, two kinds of squash, bell peppers, okra, apricots, plums, and limes. I also got a lovely bouquet of flowers, some hummus, and MOST EXCITING!! There's a new stall selling mushrooms and fresh eggs! The mushroom/egg stand said that it's their second week at the market, I really hope they keep coming back -- I'm super duper excited about having fresh, free-range eggs at the market!! (And hubby likes said the mushrooms look really good.)

YUM! Meals on market days are really exciting :D

For lunch we had the hummus and some pita chips from Trader Joe's ... but for dinner I browsed around looking for okra recipes. I've never cooked (or eaten) okra before, so I wanted to follow a recipe before branching out on my own experiments. Here's what I found:

Okra and Corn with Tomatoes

Serve this Carolina favorite over a bowl of long-grain rice with a piece of hot cornbread. The okra should be young, not longer than 2 inches. Vine ripen tomatoes and fresh bell peppers add to the richness of this dish.

  • 2 tablespoons each butter and canola oil
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced into rounds
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon each thyme, red pepper flakes and basil
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and finely diced
  • 3 large fresh ripe, tomatoes seeded and chopped
  • 4 ears corn, remove kernels, about 2 cups
    (may use frozen or canned whole kernel, drained)
  • 2 cups small okra pods, left whole or 1/4-inch-thick rounds
  • 1/2 cup water or chicken stock
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

In a 10 inch iron skillet or heavy pan, heat olive oil and add onions, bay leaves, thyme, basil, and red pepper flakes. Sauté, and stir until onions are limp add bell pepper and continue cooking until onions are translucent. Add tomatoes, okra, water, salt and pepper. Reduce heat to low, and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add corn and cook 5 minutes longer. Taste, adjust seasoning if needed. Serve hot.

Makes 6 servings.


I halved the recipe and made minor adjustments - leaving out spices I didn't have and using fewer tomatoes because I didn't have more (only four small ones from my patio garden, didn't think to get some this morning from the market). It was really good - very different from what I usually make but oh so delicious. I'll probably make it again. Mmmmmmm.

Oh, and watermelon for dessert!

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Mmmmm, okra! I think the missus made it for me once a few years ago, but I haven't had it very often since grad school. Of course, since that was in Clemson, SC, I had it a lot back then. Usually, my housemates and I chopped it into 1/2 inch long pieces, rinsed, dipped them in dry corn meal with a little pepper stirred in, fried it in a pan with about 1/4 inch of oil until golden brown, then drained the excess oil on paper towels as you would bacon. Soooo yummy that way.

Fresh eggs are always a good find. They're one of the things I miss from growing up on the farm.

Mmm :) Hubby likes them fried too, thanks for sharing how you did it, I might give that a try!

I'm looking forward to eating the eggs -- I'm thinking omlettes tonight?

Mmm, this sounds so delicious. I'm clueless with okra but I may try this out. Farmer's markets are so wonderful, aren't they? In San Diego we have small farmer's markets every day, just in different areas in the county. Do they run it the same way in L.A. or is it just one enormous market? We are lucky to have such a large selection of reasonably priced produce in SoCal.

Thanks for sharing the recipe!

I'm clueless with okra too!! Or well, one recipe above clueless XD If you do get some and try recipes, I'd love to hear how it goes!

I LOVE the farmers markets! Here in LA there are markets all over town on different days, some bigger than others. There was one not far from me today, but I wasn't able to get out to it. I frequent the small Sunday market right by my house, it's just a mile away!

Going to the farmer's market really lifted my spirits about life in SoCal. Somewhere between the market and my patio tomato plants, my mood really shifted :)

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