Thursday, October 12, 2006

things you see along the road here

There was also a sign at the edge of a field listing the Ten Commandments. In case you and your passenger were in the middle of an argument as to which Commandment was number 6 and which was number 7, you could stop and read all ten on this helpfully placed sign, which was done up in a shape to replicate stone tablets.

A handpainted sign on plywood, nailed to a phone pole in the middle of a hay field, "Okras are not peppers."

And poignantly, an elderly man standing on his front lawn was hammering a 'for sale' sign onto his bass boat...his walker propped against the bow.


Anonymous said...

What is Okra anyway?

Anonymous said...

I just went over to Stone's in N. Yarmouth for lunch. You'll be glad to know that the new owners are very nice and everything is homemade from scratch now. the desserts are wonderful. I don't know how the eggs benedict are, but they make homemade hash right from the brisket. I'll go try that for you and report back.. LOL. the color scheme has changed from that green color and they've got a cool mural of 1950's diner art painted on the long far wall by the booths. A good thing got even better. they knew an old friend of mine and I got to hear a poignant story about him and that was nice today. By Toot's Ice Cream on Route 115 in the field there were hundreds of geese. I stopped and took some shots but couldn't get a clear shot, they were just a little too far away and it was misty rainy. I'm starting to look at new cameras.


Elizabeth Prata said...

Okra, according to Wikipedia, is "normally eaten young as it gets very woody when mature. Okra is often steamed until tender, either whole or sliced about 1 cm thick or simply stir-fried. Okra is a key thickening agent in Charleston gumbo; when cooked, it has the same mucilaginous properties as nopales (the pads of the prickly pear cactus). Breaded, deep fried okra is quite popular in the Southern United States, especially in restaurants. Okra can also be pickled."

I hesitate to eat anything that is described as 'mucilaginous. And it is. Ick. My opinion is that it is a pretty odious little vegetable. But then again, people say that about my favorite veggie, eggplant.

Elizabeth Prata said...

Yay for Stone's, that is a great little place. It's a small world, isn't it, meeting up with people who know your friend.

New cameras!! Yours is the best! 12X zoom! At least, it was the best one at Wal-Mart when I was looking for mine...:) Good luck on your search.

Today is breezy, warm in the mid-70s, and no humidity. I picked some flowers from the front yard for my 1950s metal table I scored at the yard sale with you last year. My ebay metal chairs came yesterday. Assembly required. Oy! I put one together and it looks good at the table. No telling how long it will take me to assemble the other- I had screwdriver in pocket, flashlight in mouth, allen wrench on the floor, 12 screws lined up according to height next to the chair, and the chair held together with a tenuous hope that it wouldn't fall like a house of cards until I could get the screw in and tightened and before the cat jumped on it again. There was some swearing. But only a little.

Louie B said...

OKRA .. OKRA ..OKRA. Found it during my time in the South.

I love it when it's deep fried. It is best eaten when it is hot and crispy because when it cools it gets soggy and loses it flavor. About its flavor .. it has an earthy flavor as I would describe boiled beets, cilantro and basil.

Anonymous said...

When I lived in Louisisana we used to eat Okra all the time. Fabulous fried, sort of a cross between brussell sprouts & tart spinach when steamed. Go for the fried.

Elizabeth Prata said...

mmm, fried okra, sounds very good! Thanks Anonymous and Louie B.

Anonymous said...

I've had it in Gumbo or was that Jumbalaya? Been too long.