Posts Tagged ‘okra’

all veggie 4-star stew

September 10, 2008

One thing not to compromise when you work without meat is yumminess. What ingredients have Yum? Well, tomatoes do, olive oil, braised onions – that sort of stuff. So here’s an autumny veggie stew based on these ingredients: (more…)


okra, lamb, and an oven

February 8, 2008

In the mid-seventies, Greek restaurants invaded West Germany. These restaurants all worked more or less according to the same formula: to the accompaniment of plink-y-ploink background music, you were first served a “free” glass of freezing-cold Ouzo (whether you were thirteen or eighty). Mellowed accordingly, you ordered a too copious and too salty meal, such as the following classic: mixed grilled meats with tsatsiki, olives, salad, a heap of rice and French Fries. An alternative would have been to choose between their oven dishes: lamb with beans, lamb with eggplant, lamb with tomatoes, lamb with okra, beef with beans…

When I finally visited Greece in 1977, I found that, in fact, the real Greek restaurants usually offered rather few of these grilled excesses (not counting the ubiquitous souvlaki) but had instead many varieties of the veggie-plus-meat squishy-stew kind of food. As every good tourist guide will tell you, another special thing in Greece is that the tourists often are invited into the kitchen to look around and pick the food of their choice. Of course, I still don’t know how the Greek cook at home. So this following manner of preparation is not “Greek”: just my way with okra and lamb. (more…)