Ok, yes, so I kind of disappeared again. However, that wasn’t my intention at all but you know how life takes over your life? That’s what happened. It has been crazy here at the Coffee and Crumpets headquarters.
I wish I could tell you that I’ve been on some wild adventure or been knee high in flour and butter creating master class culinary delights, but alas, that is most definitely, not the case.
The extent of my excitement this week was thinking that I may be getting my dream car. That dream’s life was cut pretty short by the realisation that I am definitely not there yet. Note: just because you have a website, a food blog and people may know you, that doesn’t make your bank account any more padded. It does, however, give you delusions of grandeur.
I am still getting a new car, but it will be a more realistic Toyota, maybe. Although, I’m definitely aiming for the badass, humongous truck (can you tell I’m having a mid life crisis? ) I have to hand it to my husband though, he hit the nail on the head when he described me to the sales guy. The very nice salesperson at the dealership the other night, showed us all the SUVs and trucks we asked to see and test drive and while we were checking them all out, we kept discussing the kids and how they’d all fit in if and when, we needed them to all fit in at any given time. So, Fred, our sales guy, asks very nicely if we had considered the mini van because it was so spacious and roomy for people and cargo. My husband looks at him and goes, “Uuuh, she’s not that kind of a soccer mom.” Quite an accurate description, though I’m not sure if it was meant as a compliment or not.
Well, the search goes on and we may decide this week. Along with car hunting, the lives of many of my home appliances and home audio are slowly coming to an end.
The other day I lost my very expensive home theatre amplifier. I cannot believe its life span was 7 years, 7 years! Is that it? Needless to say, I’m not happy or impressed, but on a fun note, I will get to go audio shopping sometime next year when we finally move into our own home. One of my favourite passions is home audio.
A couple of nights ago, our dryer decided it had had enough and while we were at the car dealership, it decided to come to a screeching halt, literally. Unfortunately, it also had a load in it and a load in the washer. Ugh. So, this meant that at 10.30 at night, my husband and I were driving around for a launderette. No luck since they all close at 10. Ugh. So, we came home and hung all the wet clothes on the banisters and every upright rack or rod that could hold a piece of clothing. Ugh.
So, you can see that I haven’t been exaggerating. It’s been insane. Add work, soccer practice, soccer games, Homecoming, a senior graduating next year and all her demands, senior portrait photo shoots, college applications, other demanding teen daughters and you have a one poor me who spends all her time in the car with her nerves perpetually frazzled.
Let me tell you, if you think parenting gets easier as they get older, WRONG! It is so much more difficult, physically and emotionally, the older they get. I’m sure there is a rainbow and a pot of gold somewhere, but I may be too old and blind by that time! But, it’s all good. These are the things memories are made of, and what we cherish eventually.
So, whilst I’ve been making these memories, I’ve sadly neglected my blog and my blog friends. It’s been so hard to get into the kitchen and cook, let alone photograph. I’ve had no time to visit anyone, so please forgive me. I value my blog friendships and don’t take them lightly. I feel like I’m missing out when I don’t stop by and read what is going on in everyone’s lives. I will be visiting soon. I just need the craziness to calm down a little.
The dish I’m sharing today was made a few weeks ago when the weather was warmer and the farm produce abundant. The Colorado growing season is coming to an end and I’m a little sad that I wasn’t able to take full advantage of it this year.
This okra came from my local, organic farm and it was not only beautiful but delicious. I’m actually, not a huge okra fan… it’s the sliminess. But I can eat it fried or stir fried like this one.
In its simplest form, I’ve made this with nothing but sliced okra, some garlic, red cayenne pepper and turmeric. Stir fry till nicely browned and crispy and I guarantee, you will eat the whole plate yourself. This time around, I had to use up some organic heirloom tomatoes that were sorely neglected, so I threw them in there with some caramelised onions. This takes a bit more work but makes a more substantial side dish.
Serves: 6 servings
- 1½ pounds/680g tender okra
- 1 medium onion, sliced finely
- 1 large tomato, chopped fine
- 1½ teaspoon garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon ginger, minced
- 2 teaspoons garam masala
- 1 teaspoon turmeric, ground
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
- 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
- 3 tablespoons oil, neutral flavoured like avocado
- cilantro/coriander, handful chopped
- Trim the okra and chop in half diagonally or lengthwise, depending on size.
- Small okra can be left whole.
- I sliced it lengthwise here.
- Heat a large skillet or fry pan on medium high heat and add the oil.
- Add the sliced onions and cook until nicely browned and caramelised.
- Add the garlic and ginger and sauté a couple of minutes until fragrant.
- Add the garam masala and sauté a minute until fragrant.
- Add the okra and toss with the onions and spices till well coated.
- Add the turmeric and cayenne powder if using.
- If the okra sticks or seems too dry, you can add another tablespoon of oil if needed.
- Stir fry the okra until it starts to turn brown and crispy, 5 minutes.
- Add the tomatoes and cook until they are broken down and released their juices, 5 minutes.
- Keep cooking until the oil begins to separate and the onions and tomatoes form a thick gravy, another 7-10 minutes.
- Check for salt.
- Add the chopped cilantro.
So, if you enjoy okra, you will love this Indian style fried okra or as we call it, bhindi masala. And surprisingly, it doesn’t get slimy prepared this way, which is a huge plus in my book.
I hope everyone is having a great start to the week. Soccer season is over, yay, so I should have some sense of normalcy setting in now. I will see you all soon!!