My husband actually had to remind me to post today. Not that I forgot about New Food Friday, just that I didn’t realize it was already the end of the week!.
Granted, my day off is switching to Mondays so Friday is really my Wednesday (how’s that for confusing?).
This week’s new food: okra.
Neither my husband nor myself had ever had it (caveat: that we remember), nor had my friend who had popped by on her way home and was guilted into staying for dinner.
Who can resist an invitation of “Hey, we’re home late and now that you’ve been sitting on our front stoop waiting, want to hang out while I do laundry and roast vegetables you might not like on a hot day?”
Luckily my friend was easily convinced/tricked and was able to visit before I descend into technical rehearsals (read: long long long hours) and she leaves for Italy today (read: jealous).
The verdict? Inoffensive.
After so many horror stories about slimy, sticky okra, we weren’t sure what to expect. I chopped it into vaguely uniform pieces, tossed the okra with parboiled diced potatoes, olive oil, salt, pepper, and ground cumin, then roasted the lot at 425F for about 20 minutes. A sprinkle of garam masala spice mix, another dusting of salt, and I thought it was pretty darn good. It didn’t have a strong flavor other than the spices, but I liked it. It reminded me a bit of eggplant. I’m not sure I would seek it out specifically, but at least I’m not scared of getting it again in the CSA.
What new food did you try this week?