Monday, July 28, 2008

Summer Vegetable Gumbo with Field Peas

I have tried, unsuccessfully, to have a garden at least every other summer for the last 8 years. Finally this year, I threw in the towel and didn’t even bother planting one tomato plant.

I found a good local CSA (Community Shared Agriculture) and signed up for a share. Every Saturday, we pick up our share of organic vegetables, fruit and herbs. Here’s the bounty for this week:

I love the CSA—we get ours from Huckleberry Hill farm in Alabama. It's best (for me) to cook up something right away on Saturday, so that we have leftovers to eat all week. With the okra and the field peas, a gumbo with a tomato base sounded good.

*best to simmer the field peas on their own for a good 20 minutes

In true gumbo tradition, I added file' powder after it was cooked, right before serving. File' powder is made from Sassafras and is used as a thickening agent. According to Joy of Cooking (1975 Version) File' powder is a carcinogen. Does anyone know if this is true?

In other exciting news—guess who got his motorcycle learner’s permit?


buffalodickdy said...

Nice looking vegetables! Where's the real food?
Your Annoying Meat Lover, The Buf

doggybloggy said...

never heard that it causes cancer but that was 1975 - that was when smoking HELPED asthma...LOL

Latayy said...

Thank you so much for adding me to your blogspot. I am very honoured. I am studying now but I will check out your blog later.
Thanks a bunch

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

It looks delish-- I'm a sucker for any dish containing okra.

TavoLini said...

Buff--you weren't the only one! Tavo's coworkers were astounded by the notion of gumbo without sausage..

Doggy--smoking doesn't help asthma? uh oh!

Tay--You're welcome--I really like your blog! Thanks for stopping by :)

CCV--me too! Tavo is not a big okra fan, but I'm slowly turning him onto the wonders of that beautifully slimey vegetable ;)

~~louise~~ said...

Hi TavoLini. Thanks for stopping at my blog just in time for Picnic Day. I'm so sorry but the letter "W" is taken. The only letters left are N, O, Q, U, X, and Y The letters N and O may be gone this morning.

I have a suggestion if you would still like to play. Perhaps, you could adapt the name of this recipe or another to something like; Under the Weather Summer Vegetable Gumbo with Field Peas. (it's been raining for days) You could use the same recipe and pictures. It's just a suggestion. I do hope you will be able to join in on the FUN!!!