Tuesday, April 17, 2012

O is for Okra


is for Okra.


Okra.

I am not a fan.

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And in completely unrelated news...

I responded to every single comment on my last post. Just in case you care. (I, by the way, do care. I just haven't been able to maintain my whole "respond to every comment" stance while doing this challenge.) Your comments yesterday were the best I've ever gotten...I laughed out loud more than once. You guys are so funny. So thank you.

Also, I linked up yesterday's post with Yeah Write, a blog hop which features some really phenomenal writing. Go check out some of the fantastic posts linked there and then vote for your favourites on Thursday!

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A Clay Baboons Alphablog: 26 Things That Annoy Me, Confuse Me, Creep Me Out, or Otherwise Make My Life More Difficult.






66 comments:

  1. don't think i've ever had okra?? don't think i'll make the effort??!
    okra: at first read, i said OPRAH in my head (she was in toronto yesterday, that must be why!).

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  2. I feel like a taste for okra is a regional thing. My dad's Southern and he loves it, and my Caribbean-American friend loves it, probably because the food they both grew up eating featured okra. They are literally the only people I know who will touch the stuff. (Of couse, my dad loves brussels sprouts too, so maybe he's just weird.)

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    1. My husband loves it too. He's southeast asian. I'll eat it when he makes it...but I do gag a bit. Ha!

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  3. I love a good Venn. One of the only bits of my school maths I remember, that and the song about the right angles triangle. I love the way a Venn just says it like it is.

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  4. HA! I don't know how to properly prepare okra. Maybe if I did, i'd eat it. Maybe.

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  5. Same with mushrooms. Yuck.
    (Love this post!)

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    1. No! Mushrooms are beautiful, beautiful things!

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  6. Yay for Yeah Write!! I'm doing a post for it today, too! :)

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  7. Okra looks and sounds disgusting. I've never tried it though.

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  8. Ah, okra happens to be one of my favorite things, and I have involved it, The Okra, in many blog posts. One of my favorites involved calculations involving the size of the entire universe and then replacing it with okra. It involved some strange math that started when I noticed that my supermarket had priced the 2 pound bag of frozen okra at twice the cost per pound as the smaller 1 pound bag. So It means if you put those two points into an equation then if you imagine smaller packages of okra, it becomes ridiculously cheaper per pound the smaller the container. So I calculated what size the packages would need to be in order to buy half the universe for $1 if it was converted to okra....there were even real world comments from an old high school buddy in Facebook, and there was a piano in the story as well.

    Okra originates from equatorial Africa, and in the Kiswahili language the word for okra is 'gumbo', one of my favorite thing, preferably chicken gumbo.

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    1. You are Very Cool Mr ESB. I am always glad to see a sane face in the depths of cyberspace.... I tried to grow Okra once but failed

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    2. RobRobRob, my friend! I was just at your place and left a comment on the LMN a few minutes ago. I am conserving aLL my rain water for my grapes, pineapples and orchid, so no tomatoes this year, but I am growing a single solitary okra plant in a smaLL tub. It is about an inch and a half taLL, and when I get this year's praying mantis indoor tiny friend to live in my jungle, then I wiLL bring the okra plant indoors. When I had my first praying mantis Polly two years ago, he/she spent alot of time on the Tiny Okra Forest that I grew in an old egg carton, so there were about eight plants eventuaLLy, after I took a few outside.

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    3. I kind of want to see the whiteboard in your house covered in convoluted mathematical okra equations...

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    4. Hah! "White board" - TBBT reference?

      All the math and story are at "Okra Dust In The Wind", my iPad wouldn't let me paste in the URL, sorry. Some comment boxes aLLow pasting and others don't, strange. The initial math is simple, just a y=x squared. The tricky parts deal with the mass of the universe, big eXponents, and Avogadro's Number.

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  9. So okra is not a fish? I always thought it was a fish.

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    1. Marianne - that's Orca, Orca you know, whale...

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    2. Thanks for clearing that up, Julie! (:

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    3. Bahahaha! I love you ladies. This exchange had me laughing out loud.

      (And whales are mammals.)

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    4. Yep, that's right Stephanie, I was gonna say that...really I was.
      I just love Marianne's comments and always look out for them - I follow her around like a puppy, or a whale except I'm not fat but I'd rather be a whale than a puppy.

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  10. Easily the best Venn diagram EVER!!!!

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  11. Your visual aid is brilliant! I don't think i've ever tried okra, i probably never will now. :)

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    1. Good choice, Ken, aside from brussel sprouts, okra is the single most grossest thing in the universe - at least food wise.

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    2. Oh, I love brussels sprouts! But we can still be friends.

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  12. What do you suppose it means that I like the slimy things portion of the diagram far better than the things people eat portion of the diagram? I know what it means! You only included vegetables in the things people eat portion...

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  13. I don't think I've ever eaten okra. It is possible that in the near future I may be in a position where I am offered Balut. This is one of the nastiest things I've heard of. (Besides the rotten cheese with live maggots from Sicily. Or the Japanese soup with live fish.)

    To be honest, I'm just commenting to see if you reply to all the comments again. You totally rock! :)

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    1. Not. A. Chance. This challenge is KILLING me! Ha!

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  14. You forgot to add fungus (a.k.a. mushrooms) to slimy list.

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  15. I love okra! And I also love your diagram. I recently had some okra at an Indian buffet that was to die for.

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  16. OMG! I love okra! And maybe because you have never had my grandmother's fried okra, I can let you off the hook. Come on down South and try some gumbo or some really, really bad for you fried okra.

    Love the Venn diagram. It is super-creepy.

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    1. My venn diagram is not creepy. It's ENLIGHTENING.

      Okra is creepy.

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  17. I've been converted to being a fan of okra. When you have a limited menu, sometimes you change palates. The pickled ones are best. I guess I think so because my sense of humour is also very pickled.

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  18. I luuuuuuuuurv okra. But I'm a southern gal. Easiest way to avoid slime? Buy the frozen, pre-cut okra pieces. Let it thaw in the sink. Fill a bowl with breading. Open bag, dump okra in breading without touching, shake it all up. Add breaded okra to hot oil. Fried okra, slime free!

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    1. I might try this! (Except then I remember that I hate okra, so I probably won't. Ha!)

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  19. Love your venn diagram. I just pinned it to my garden board. Hope that gets you a few more followers! You've been super-blog-famous lately; I'd like to know how much your following has gone up in the past week! :D

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    1. Thanks Jen! <3 Yeah, things have been kind of crazy lately...

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  20. Best venn ever. I love okra despite its slime. I love it in Indian recipes but really any sort of way.

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  21. Oops gotta argue with your little diagram there (which is amazing and hilarious). But people eat both flowers and SNAILS. At one time I actually ate snails - don't ask me why. But I have never had okra. All I know about Okra I learned from an episode of Alton Brown's Good Eats. Even he couldn't make me go buy any.

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    1. Well, crap. You're right. I even LIKE snails. But I wouldn't eat the ones in the garden...

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  22. oh, I am sooooooooo with you on this one!!!

    best,
    MOV

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  23. I made okra once.
    Slime stew. It was stringy--ew.
    Hey, this is Haiku.

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  24. My ex loved canned okra with tomatoes...talk about ruining perfectly good tomatoes! I'd move the okra WAY over into the slimy category. UGH!!!

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  25. This just cracked me up. I love okra and love Venn diagrams, though... :)

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  26. I'm going to have to google Okra...I'm not sure what this is. I think I might be one of those people who would fail Jamie Oliver's "What vegetable is this"? test....

    Watch...I'll google Okra and it won't be a vegetable will it?....

    I apologize in advance for my ignorance.

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  27. AH HA. It is a vegetable...Wait...is this diagram representative of YOUR garden. And if so...then why are you growing vegetables you don't like?

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    1. Bahaha! No, if it was representative of my garden, it would be a blank venn.

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  28. It's thanks to propaganda like this that okra and I have had a waning relationship in the past few years...

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  29. I've basically only had okra in Indian food, although my boyfriend has introduced me to pickled okra. Both are fine, but I suspect I've never eaten it the "slimy" way.

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  30. I really okra write something interesting but I wont HAH HAHAH HAHH AH HAH HAH HAH HAH HAH HA HAH HHAH HAH HHAH HAH HAH HA

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  31. Have to tell you, my very favorite CB, is the yarn one, too, too funny. And. . .I hate Okra.

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  32. As a Yankee in the South, I have not been swayed to the dark side of the garden. Okra, collard greens, and other vile things keep my food prep clearly in the north!

    As a former English teacher, I have to compliment you on your Venn diagram. It is superior!

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  33. I was afraid of okra, but then when we had a southern themed lunch and a movie day, I felt compelled to make it. I bought a bag of sliced frozen (no slime)! And then dipped them in eggs and cornmeal then fried...they actually tasted...like cornmeal...

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  34. Yep, okra is one of those foods people keep on eating because they keep on eating it. Sort of like Durian. And thanks for replying to all of our comments. We can tell your heart really is in this!

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  35. I like okra... but only the fried version. Because, ya know, you have to take the "healthy" out of it for me to like it.

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  36. "O is for Okra/It really sucks to eat..."

    Sorry. I tried to do a "C is for Cookie" rendition, but I can't rhyme for anything. :P

    -Barb the French Bean

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    1. I was definitely singing along, even before your explanation.

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  37. Having spent so much time in the south I like okra, I usually dip it a cornmeal batter and fry it. Man in your cast that's a lot of mail to answer.

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  38. I sat on a piece of okra in my friend's car the other day. It was all dried out and crunchy. Literally the only piece of okra on the planet that hasn't made me want to heave.

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  39. I have had fried okra.The word fried kinda helped tempt me........Nope!NOT!! NEVER AGAIN!!! It was basically fried snot!
    And I am not a picky eater

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  40. You make clay things beginning in all of the letters of the alphabet AND you get back to all your comments? You. Are. My. Hero. And. A. Rockstar. I need to go check out yesterday's clay creation!

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  41. I agree. Okra=Icky.
    That weird slimy crunchy thing...blech!

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  42. I've never tried okra but based on your clay garden I have a strong feeling I'm not missing out on anything. I'm weird about textures. Slimy is a no-go for me.

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  43. Okra is real!?! How does one eat this?

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