Recipes: Tomatoes and Okra

A trip to Seattle had me out of pocket the last couple of weeks. The little man and I survived two 4 1/2 hour flights (he did beautifully), and we had a truly lovely time in the Pacific Northwest. On our last full day, we dutifully visited Pike Place Market. It was wonderful, as always, and also made me miss our little market. Can’t wait to get back to it today – even if it rains!

IMG_1933

 

While I’m super-excited to hear that we’ve got Fall green coming into the market, today’s recipe is one that I made (twice) before I left. It’s a southern favorite of mine, and I can’t get enough of it. The simple combination of tomatoes and okra is just quintessentially summery. The tomatoes cancel out okra’s tendency to be a little slimy while the okra balances the tomato’s acidity. Perfection.

Tasty Tomatoes and Okra

  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 2 cups chopped okra (remove tops and tips)
  • 2-3 cloves garlic (I like a little more)
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper

In a 2-quart saucepan, heat 2-3 Tablespoons of olive oil. Add tomatoes and garlic, salt liberally (2-3 tsp), and sauté until the tomatoes begin to burst and release their juices. Add the chopped okra (approximately 1 inch pieces). Stir to combine. Allow to simmer with pan partially covered for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Salt and pepper to taste. Okra is ready when tender but still maintains a slight crispness to the bite.

Johnson’s Honey – Vendor Highlight – East Nashville Farmers Market

If you’ve spent any time at our East Nashville Farmers Market at all, you’re sure to have seen Mr. Thurman. Per his apron, he’s known as the “Old Drone”, but sales representative Thurman Harris comes across as dear and sincere – “old” is not the first descriptive that comes to mind. When I interviewed him for this highlight, he shyly told me how he doesn’t use computers or have an email address. There is no web site for the business, but the product is delicious nonetheless!

MrThurman
His table offers a variety of bee products and the honey is packaged in a multitude of sizes. He has honeycomb as well as pollen available for purchase. The jarred honey is available in Wildflower, Orange Blossom, and the diabetic-friendly Tupelo (from the blossoms of the Tupelo tree).

PollenTupelo
Additionally, honey sticks are a favorite delight at his table. My brother-in-law loves to keep them at his desk to add to his tea at the office. I’ve seen several little ones make a bee-line (pun intended) for the table begging for one as a treat. They come in traditional honey as well as several flavors: apple, grape, blueberry, raspberry, and cherry.

HoneySticks

 

Drop by the table today to chat with Mr. Thurman and peruse the sweet treats!