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Comments on Kalofagas - Greek Food & Beyond by Peter Minakis: Okra Two Ways (μπάμιες με δυο τροπους)





Updated: 2009-02-10T11:45:25.845-05:00

 



My mother in Greece is putting okra in a lemon age...

2008-08-30T18:17:00.000-04:00

My mother in Greece is putting okra in a lemon agent for at least an hour before cooking. This way the slimy thing that comes out of okras is minimized.



How funny for me to read your okra recipe - my Gre...

2008-03-30T13:33:00.000-04:00

How funny for me to read your okra recipe - my Greek friend was waxing lyrical about okra yesterday and begging me to follow her recipe for it. I thought 'What's a Greek person doing with okra?' but you've helped confirm the trend. (Oh, and since you've asked: truffle oil? It's certainly a deep and musky flavor though supposedly most truffle oils have never even had a whiff of real truffle, so it's a bit of a con...)



I had no idea that okra was Greek! My mother used...

2008-03-29T22:51:00.000-04:00

I had no idea that okra was Greek! My mother used to fry it in cornmeal and then cook it slow in stewed tomatoes. It took me years to acquire the taste. This recipe sounds so delicious. I've never had a pressure cooker, but have been thinking about getting one. I can't find an excuse, though, because I have all the time in the world to keep an eye on the pot.



I looove okra! The slimier, the better!

2008-03-29T16:39:00.000-04:00

I looove okra! The slimier, the better!



Peter, the veal looks yummy. But okra is probably...

2008-03-28T20:35:00.000-04:00

Peter, the veal looks yummy. But okra is probably my least favorite vegetable. Though I will eat it pickled, but even then it's kind of creepy.



One of my ya-ya's stories was of when she was a yo...

2008-03-28T13:46:00.000-04:00

One of my ya-ya's stories was of when she was a young bride recently moved to the USA by her much older (25 yrs!) husband and proudly made okra for a guest that my papou brought home. She was NOT an experienced cook at that time and her okra was a slimy mess. As I recall the story, she served the okra and the guest bravely ate dinner. After dinner (ya-ya in tears) papou (chuckling) gave her a lesson in okra cooking. As she got into her 80s, ya-ya retold many of the same stories and this was one of them! Fortunately, ya-ya became an excellent cook and I struggle to recreate many of her dishes. It's just never the same as ya-ya's! I enjoy reading your blog. (wow, homemade phyllo!)



I had to look it up in the dictionary to know what...

2008-03-28T13:26:00.000-04:00

I had to look it up in the dictionary to know what okra is and the word sounds African to me: Quingombó!!!
What a great name for a dish
Quingombó Veal Stew!



Dare I say... "I'm not an okra lover!" I can't get...

2008-03-28T00:46:00.000-04:00

Dare I say... "I'm not an okra lover!" I can't get into the "slime" of it. But your veal looks terrific!! :-D



so jealous of everyone who have their pressure coo...

2008-03-27T21:28:00.000-04:00

so jealous of everyone who have their pressure cooker *grin* it takes me hours to cook tender and juicy meat dishes on a gas stove in a conventional pot...let me drop some heavy heavy hints on my sous chef and friends for my xmas gift LOL

btw this looks gorgeous, peter, your dishes are really something new to me...



Lis, thank you for hosting. Come visit again, lots...

2008-03-27T20:58:00.000-04:00

Lis, thank you for hosting. Come visit again, lots of tasty food to be had here.

Val, now you know how I feel when I see your ribs in the AM!

Jenn, okra is yum...the farmer's market should have lots of it!

Helen, okra (bamies) are used alot in our cuisine.

David, I prefer okra with veal too.

Ivy, bamies with veal...northern Greek classic...look beyond Attiki! lol

Alexandra, no soaking in vinegar.

Sam, thanks again..it's a family fave. I found frozen to be comparable to fresh, as in we freeze our own bamies for future use.



Okra is a staple in the Greek kitchen? Get oudda h...

2008-03-27T20:57:00.000-04:00

Okra is a staple in the Greek kitchen? Get oudda here! I first tried it when I lived in NC and have loved it since. But even in CA, most people aren't familiar with it.



Peter,Okra (or as we call them 'Bamies' in Greek) ...

2008-03-27T19:28:00.000-04:00

Peter,

Okra (or as we call them 'Bamies' in Greek) are one of my favourites! Your stew looks fantastic, both with meat and without! I made the version without meat myself last week. Did you use fresh or frozen okra?



i've never had okra in stews before. both versions...

2008-03-27T17:40:00.000-04:00

i've never had okra in stews before. both versions sound very tempting.



thanks for sharing the recipes. do you pre-soak th...

2008-03-27T16:28:00.000-04:00

thanks for sharing the recipes. do you pre-soak the okra in vinegar first?



I always prefer the vegetarian version. Occasiona...

2008-03-27T14:48:00.000-04:00

I always prefer the vegetarian version. Occasionally I make it in the oven with chicken but never heard beef before.



Hi PeterI just can't get my head around okra. I'll...

2008-03-27T14:31:00.000-04:00

Hi Peter

I just can't get my head around okra. I'll eat it, but it doesn't get me going. Maybe the veal recipe might do it for me?

Cheers
David



I actually had no idea that Okra are used a lot in...

2008-03-27T09:31:00.000-04:00

I actually had no idea that Okra are used a lot in Greek cooking! just when you think you have good food knowledge.....I absolutely love allspice berries so this is very intriguing.



I really need to use okra more, especially that I ...

2008-03-27T08:46:00.000-04:00

I really need to use okra more, especially that I am now living in the south, it seems a crime not to! I just was never totally sure what to do with it (I see it fried a lot here, and I didn't want to do that). Thanks for showing me okra in a whole new light!



Very tasty entry Peter:D I can't trip the lip fant...

2008-03-27T07:43:00.000-04:00

Very tasty entry Peter:D I can't trip the lip fantastic this morning at 5 AM but I do appreciate your okra:D



Peter! Thank you so much for participating! I've n...

2008-03-27T07:07:00.000-04:00

Peter! Thank you so much for participating! I've never had okra before and had no idea it was used a lot in Greek cuisine - you learn something new every day! :)

Both dishes look delicious! Makes me so happy that I do own a pressure cooker. :D

xoxo



Laurie, I said similar and I guess both beans and ...

2008-03-27T04:47:00.000-04:00

Laurie, I said similar and I guess both beans and okra are cooked in a similar fashion and you're right, okra have their own niche flavour.

Lisa, I'm surprised...it's a filling veggie too!

Ben, you could braise these too but yes, the pressure cooker is a good investment.

Elly, I grew up with veal and bamies....you'll love'em.

Glamah, Greeks gots some soul, hun!

Deb, they'll grow fine...they grow even in the poorest of soils.

Sticky, pressure cookers are very safe. Buy a good one so it lasts a lifetime.

Heather, next time I'll use the canned gumbo...just for you (joking of course)! ;)

Pete, I'll admit...as lil' Peter I didn't groove well on bamies.

Nina, I believe okra is of west african origin...ask around even though SA is a distance away.

Liz, the pressure cooker is a time saver, for the meat..the rest can be done in a dutch oven.

Maria...YES! I remember my mom throwing potatoes into the mix and fourno ya go!

Pixie, buy a bag and try them out...you'll be gumbo-ed! lol



I've yet to try okra but have come across it- I'm ...

2008-03-27T02:44:00.000-04:00

I've yet to try okra but have come across it- I'm going to pick some up sometime in the future and give it a try. Even the vegetarian version looks tempting enough for me.



have you ever tried okra in a roast (meat and pota...

2008-03-27T01:29:00.000-04:00

have you ever tried okra in a roast (meat and potatos)? decadence, i tell you! http://organicallycooked.blogspot.com/2007/09/bamies-ladys-fingers-okra-gumbo.html



I love okra -- and both versions look delicious. I...

2008-03-27T01:00:00.000-04:00

I love okra -- and both versions look delicious. It seems like it'd be fairly easy to do this in a slow cooker, too, though it'd take a bit of planning. I'm putting a halt to any more kitchen purchases until I'm actually not planning on moving for a few years, so no pressure cooker for me!



I thought using a pressure cooker is something I m...

2008-03-27T00:23:00.000-04:00

I thought using a pressure cooker is something I must do in the closet, but if you can use it, so can I. I don't think I have ever seen okra around here, but the veal stew looks divine.