Oh yes. You know I am not a southern cook - I had never prepared okra before and didn't have the first clue about where to start. I was given some locally grown okra last week and David likes it so I decided to give it a try. With guidance from my friend, Melissa, I had a plan to make fried okra.
I took it out of the fridge and thought, "I don't know if I should peel this? Can you eat the seeds? I guess I could start by washing it." Now, if you are in the know about okra, you can just go ahead and laugh at me in all my ignorance!
Well, I washed it. Sliced it and started following the directions Melissa gave me. Beat an egg, add some salt, pepper and garlic. Add the okra and let it sit about five minutes. Heat 1 T. oil in a skillet and then shakey shakey the okra in some cornmeal and add to the oil. All was going well at this point.
I gently stirred the uncovered okra for a few minutes until the cornmeal was starting to brown and then I served it. It was crunchy. It's not supposed to be crunchy I'm told. So, back in the pan. And, it never really did get non-crunchy. Better, but not mushy.
Sorry people, but Colorado girls are not raised knowing how to fix okra. This is up there with fried chicken, I can say I've tried making it and I am ok with the fact that it just isn't in me to do it successfully.
How about you? Is there something that is normal to everyone where you live that you have never tried fixing or tried and it didn't work - are you willing to share?! Please tell me I'm not the only one with no clue about okra!