The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #155902   Message #3689755
Posted By: Stilly River Sage
25-Feb-15 - 10:40 AM
Thread Name: BS: Vegan mudcatters
Subject: RE: BS: Vegan mudcatters
As I skimmed through the first of the most recent recovered messages, adding horizontal rules and line breaks, I noticed a couple I missed when they were first posted. I'll have to look into blanching basil, but the way I freeze, I intend to break off and immediately crumble the leaves from the bag so they don't have time to get mushy before the bag is back in the freezer and the herb mixed into the dish. I do freeze pesto (my neighbor makes it and brings me some - I give her the basil).

Okra isn't a peasant food, but it is one of what I call second tier vegetables, like eggplant. You can't just pick it and eat it raw, or steam it and it's ready. Okra isn't slimy if it is soaked in vinegar for a little while. This is a tip that is in one of my Middle Eastern cookbooks. It is an African vegetable and there are special dishes all over Africa and up into Afghanistan and Pakistan that use it in stewed dishes. It can be used to thicken the gumbo here in the US, but there is so much more to it. I'm only beginning to learn myself, since I've started growing it.