Let’s talk about hair for a brief moment, shall we?
Hey mother nature, how about laying off the humidity in the air for awhile, okay? The dampness is killing my hair. I would really appreciate it!
Here’s a topic:
I look like a Hasidic Jewish man.
I’m neither a Hasidic Jew nor a man.
I bought a big bunch of it at the Farmers’ Market last weekend and I wanted a new way to cook with it. Gumbo immediately came to mind.
I have never cooked Gumbo. Aside from the name itself, I really don’t know what entails a Gumbo.
So I started my research on Wikipedia to figure what makes a Gumbo.
And went from there…
I might have put a lot of garlic in the recipe. I love garlic though so I saw no problem with it. However, it was enough to wake up this morning and still smell it.
I really wanted to sing this song from popular 80’s teen sitcom “Out of This World” (am I pulling out all the show stoppers this morning or what?! Eh? Evie, anyone? Pausing time with 2 connects of the index fingers? Yes please!):
“Hey….buffalo breath is that what they call you?
When you shoot the breeze do your friends go, ‘Peeeewww!’?”
Please tell me that I am not the only one who remembers this episode of the singing twins… ( go 5:00 on the video to get the song and everyone sing along!)
Where was I? Oh yes, garlic breath. Be prepared. Enough said.
- 5 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 onion, chopped
- 3 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1 Tbsp. vegan worcestershire sauce
- 3 c. veggie broth
- 1 can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 lb okra, sliced to 1" pieces
- 2 Tbsp. tomato paste
- 2 fresh sprigs of thyme
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 Tbsp. dried oregano
- 1 Tbsp. dried thyme
- 1 Tbsp. paprika
- ¼ tsp. cayenne powder
- 1 tsp. sea salt
- 1 Tbsp. chili powder
- 1 tsp. turmeric powder
- ½ tsp. garlic powder (buffalo breath!)
- Heat the oil in a medium pot on medium heat. Saute onions for 3 minutes until soft; add garlic. Saute another 2 minutes.
- Add Dried Spices Mix to onions and garlic. Stir around until fragrant (about 30 seconds).
- Add worcestershire sauce and tomato paste and stir around until it thickens a little.
- Pour in vegetable broth until a boil occurs. Simmer. Place the fresh thyme sprigs and bay leaves while simmering. 20 minutes.
- Add the okra and beans; cook another 5 minutes or until okra has softened.
- Serve over a bed of brown rice. Sprinkle with more seasoning.