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First okra of the summer

by Nathaniel W. Turner last modified Aug 11, 2011 01:04 AM
August 4th. Providence, RI.

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Last year, my okra crop was a dismal failure.  There was a fight for sun exposure with the pole beans, and the pole beans won.  Big time.

That's okay, though.  I like learning.  (We had a great pole bean crop last year.  =)

One year, and some slight rearranging of the garden plan later, it looks like the okra is poised to be awesome.  The first few plants have started producing and all 38 should be on-line soon!

Anyway, Melanie found some excellent bread at Seven Stars yesterday.  (Whole wheat country loaf sourdough, with extra deliciousness.)

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I got home extra late, and Melanie had already foraged for a dinner of leftovers (taking a break from her normal routine of after-work culinary genius).

Since I wanted to use up the first (rather small) batch of okra, I made essentially a fancy olive oil for bread-dipping.  A little light on the veggies, but it made for a good, simple dinner nonetheless.

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Olive oil, Aleppo pepper, garlic, okra, lemon juice, salt, herring, marigold, borage.

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Yes, herring and okra go great together, why do you ask?