I grew up eating fried okra and potatoes and have always loved it. I have many fond childhood memories around my grandparent's table in Texas, chowing down on beans, cornbread and fried okra and potatoes (see my recipe for pinto beans here). Grandma always cooked the okra and potatoes together, with a little cornmeal sprinkled on for a golden brown crust. My dear hubby loves fried okra, but had never had it cooked with potatoes, so I had to introduce him to it. Needless to say, he loves it and now it is one of our favorite dishes, right up there with our favorite comfort foods like Grandma's chocolate pudding cake, which I need to post here as well (note to self).
In between mornings in the garden and other chores we do on our little five acres, I do manage to do a little cooking. We have been doing some critter interdiction in the garden and so far we are winning that little war, but it means checking first thing every morning to see if our efforts have thwarted him one more time. We are also planning a major redo of our deck, which has 20 year old composite deck boards that are getting brittle and full of holes anywhere a chair leg happens to land a little too hard and the railing around the deck is not up to code. So we have a lot of projects in the works that keep us away from the computer and out of the kitchen. Summers are when we get all the outdoor projects done because most of winter is just too cold and sometimes, too snowy.
I am not a sun bunny. I have not had a tan in years and don't plan to have one anytime soon. I have had one skin cancer removed from my back and hopefully, it's the last one I will ever have. I was a sun bunny for a while when I was younger, but then I got smarter. However, I am also a gardener and enjoy being outdoors to walk or explore all the different parks we have here in New Mexico. We live on five acres, so when I say gardening, that also means all the trimming and mowing we have to do to keep our property as fire safe as possible because we are in a high wildfire danger zone. We live at an altitude of 7,000 feet, which means the atmosphere is thinner and the UV Index can get quite high. In the summer, I have seen it as high as 11, which is really bad for your skin. Given that, there are certain precautions I always take when working outside in the summer.
Precautions I take for high altitude gardening and sun protection:
1. I always work outside in the morning or evening for any chores that require that I be out in the sun, never in the afternoon. I usually quit by 11:00 a.m. and find something to do inside or in the shade and, if needed, go back out after 5:00 p.m. I avoid being out in the sun between 11 and 5. It gets pretty intense in the afternoons and on some days, when you step out in the direct sun about 2:00, it feels like it is trying to peel off your skin.
We have now been in self isolation for more than 30 days due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have been grocery shopping twice during that time but otherwise at home. Thankfully home is 5 acres in the country so we spend quite a bit of time outside, weather permitting. I guess the true test of our relationship is that we don’t get on each other’s nerves with all this togetherness. We are also retired with income that has not been impacted by the ups and downs of the stock market. We count all this as a considerable blessing.
It’s spring, and I’m a gardener, which means I spend more time in the garden than I do in the kitchen...or blogging. Consequently we eat a lot of simple meals from extra portions from the freezer or something we can cook up pretty fast. My husband is a great cook, but leans more toward meat and potato meals. I tend to cook more soup and veggie dishes. This bean recipe is one we both love. It brings back memories of days we each spent with our grandparents in our childhood. Beans were a staple for both our families. One of my favorites is beans, cornbread and fried okra and potatoes. So in this post you will get the bean recipe and in the next, the fried okra and potato recipe.
Hi there! I am Jeannine.
I believe that a holistic and balanced approach to life is a must when living with an autoimmune disease. I share gluten and dairy free recipes and all the other things I do here. I just like doing stuff and making stuff.
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