A work colleague from India shared a recipe with me for okra. I have always liked okra in gumbo and JS has made some very tasty dishes with it, mixing in various spices and succotash type items, however, my colleague's recipe is my absolute favorite way to eat okra, and since acquiring said recipe, is the way I prepare it most often. I've added garlic cloves to make it even more tasty. It's very simple:
Any amount of okra, however much you'll eat, stem ends cut off and okra cut in to about 1/2 inch pieces
Whole garlic cloves (JS cleaned 3 heads for our last batch, and we ate them all!!)
Start your broiler
Put okra and garlic in a container that can be covered or in a plastic bag
Sprinkle about 1/3 c. olive oil over and put in curry powder, Mrs. Dash, a bit of salt, or any seasoning of your choice.
Mix it all together so everything is well coated
Dump the contents onto the bottom part of your broiler pan, as it's easier to stir if you don't use the drip portion of the broiler pan
Put the pan of okra/garlic under the broiler for 5 minutes, stir, 5 more minutes, stir, then an additional 5 minutes to finish it up
If you like your okra a little bit crispy, you can leave the oven door open while the broiler is doing its work
But don't go away.....more interesting info below this picture!
I came across some interesting information while trying to find out the nutritional value of okra. It seems that these little beauties are good for maintaining blood sugar levels. More information about this and a recipe for "okra water" can be found here
Although there is a picture of an okra blossom at that link, I've put my own below. This beautiful blossom is from T's okra grown last season.
Okra blossoms were created to be admired....they don't even need mirrors, they know how beautiful they are, and the way they smile back at us when we're looking at them indicates they know how beneficial it is to our psychological health to be a witnesses to their beauty : )