Hot, humid summer. The kind that curls your hair and warms your bones. The kind that grows ripe red tomatoes and more okra than you can possibly eat. Yes, okra. If you aren't from the south, you probably can't believe that anyone would actually eat the stuff. But we do and it is sinfully good. And okra and tomatoes? A marriage made in heaven. Add a little onion and garlic to sweeten the tang of the tomatoes and you have a pot full of love. Served over rice and you have a bowl of summer comfort food. Perfection. Add a piece of cornbread and you'll swear life couldn't get any sweeter.
With all of winter's grays and browns outside, the color in this still life truly lit up up my studio. I used bright yellow paper under the vegetables just to add a little more color. My little mason jar full of rice was an oasis of calm in this color explosion. I am really starting to love painting glass.
I included my recipe for okra & tomatoes below. Stay warm!
8" x 8" oil on canvas panel
Okra & Tomatoes
1 1/2 Tbsp bacon drippings or substitute olive oil
2 c. sliced okra
2 1/2 c. diced fresh tomatoes or substitute 2 c. canned diced tomatoes1 large vidalia (sweet) onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
Saute onions, garlic and okra in bacon drippings over medium high heat for 5 minutes. Add tomatoes and salt and pepper. Cover and simmer for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve over rice. Yum! (if you use bacon drippings instead of olive oil, crumble that cooked bacon over the top of your bowl of okra & tomatoes...doubly good)