Song Of The South

June 28, 2012

I rallied this afternoon and eventually did go for a walk – a longer walk than anticipated! Sarah Smart came over for a visit and we walked downtown together. She was on her way to get her nails done with a Groupon and we had a time walking all around finding the salon! I ran a few errands and took the long way home. Couldn’t have done it without icy water in my bag!

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While it wasn’t too hot for walking, it was definitely too hot for running, but Matt came home to run anyways! I insisted he wear the camelbak of ice water and he is now very glad he took my advice!

While he ran, I made dinner


For dinner tonight I had plans to cook a bunch of veggies together into a hash of sorts. But one look at this okra had me craving our Better Than Fried Okra recipe!


This requires cutting the pods into bite-size pieces and dunking them into egg and milk batter


Followed by cornmeal spiked with salt, pepper and smoked paprika


Egg ‘em


Bread ‘em


And then bake for 35 minutes at 400*


And you’ll have good ole Southern “fried” okra


I recommend a dunk in ketchup!


On the side I made the hash with green beans, lots of frozen lima beans and corn, fresh tomatoes and Creole seasoning


Served with some zucchini bread on the side. Early dessert!



I didn’t quite finish all of this, but I got most of it in!


We are working on a few fun porch projects in anticipation of a party we’re having this weekend! After we finish, it’s book time. I’m reading The History Of Love for book club, plus Bradley Method and still 50 Shades Of Grey #3 when I’m in the mood to not think too hard : )

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1 Jamie R June 28, 2012 at 7:01 pm

Looks amazing! Love okra and this looks like an awesome way to prepare it!


2 Caroline @ After Dinner Dance June 28, 2012 at 7:05 pm

I’m from Texas and I’ve actually never had okra. I’ve always been a bit afraid of it. Maybe I need to finally take the plunge and try it!


3 KathEats June 28, 2012 at 7:12 pm

It’s one of my favorite veggies!


4 Logan June 29, 2012 at 11:12 am

Mine too!


5 Hillary June 28, 2012 at 7:06 pm

The History of Love is one of the most beautiful, poetic novels I’ve ever read. Hope you’re enjoying it!


6 The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh June 28, 2012 at 7:13 pm

I’ve never had okra. I really should. This looks like a good way to dive in!


7 Angela @ Happy Fit Mama June 28, 2012 at 7:16 pm

I tried okra once. I bought it frozen. It was o.k. at first but then it turned really slimy. Was it just because it was frozen?

Your recipe sounds good so maybe I’ll have to try it again with fresh okra.


8 KathEats June 28, 2012 at 7:19 pm

Okra has a natural slime inside and it’s for this reason that it’s great for thickening soups and dishes! I used to be grossed out by it, but just think of it like chia seeds!


9 Carly June 28, 2012 at 7:19 pm

I’ve never had okra, but I love anything breaded and dunked in ketchup, so that recipe looks pretty good to me. Can’t wait to read a recap of your party! Who doesn’t love parties? :-).


10 Anonymous June 28, 2012 at 7:43 pm

Eek! I would HIGHLY suggest changing the title of this post! You’re referencing a film that is widely recognized as racially insensitive (if not downright racist) and highly offensive. I know you meant it in a different context, but I still find this problematic.


11 KathEats June 28, 2012 at 7:48 pm

It’s a well known country song?


12 kristen June 28, 2012 at 7:57 pm

how does ‘song of the south’ sound racist in any way?


13 Andrea June 28, 2012 at 8:02 pm

I’m wondering the same thing… what’s the film you’re talking about?


14 Elisabeth June 28, 2012 at 9:00 pm

I’m guessing he/she is referring to the Disney movie ‘Song of the South’? I know there’s been some controversy regarding racism in the movie & that it’s never been released on video/dvd for that reason. However, I’m sure you weren’t referring to that in any way when you wrote the post!


15 Rachel June 28, 2012 at 9:06 pm

Anonymous, is talking about “Song of the South” ( which is a 1946 Disney movie no longer marketed in the USA for racial reasons. The song “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” is from the movie. Though it is also a country song, this movie was the first thing that popped into my mind as well.


16 Joannie June 29, 2012 at 9:18 am

Oh give me a break


17 Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen June 28, 2012 at 7:53 pm

Thanks for the lovely walk! I now have bright yellow, sunshiny nails. Hopefully they don’t chip before Saturday…. 😉


18 KathEats June 28, 2012 at 7:54 pm

How was it!?


19 Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen June 28, 2012 at 8:07 pm

Good! She was really nice and it looks good. :)


20 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats June 28, 2012 at 7:56 pm

I love okra! That looks delicious!


21 Andrea June 28, 2012 at 8:01 pm

I’ve never tried okra and actually didn’t know what it was until somewhat recently! Is the taste similar to another veggie? Random question – when you don’t finish meals on your plate do you just add your leftovers into the other leftovers? I usually do since it’s normally just me for a meal, but was just curious! Have a cool night!


22 KathEats June 28, 2012 at 8:07 pm

Husband usually eats them… Or if there’s a lot ill save for leftovers


23 Andrea June 28, 2012 at 8:08 pm

Ohh I see well that is handy then :)


24 lynn @ the actor's diet June 28, 2012 at 8:10 pm

i love okra fried. but any other way, slime city!


25 Ali @ Peaches and Football June 28, 2012 at 8:12 pm

I’ve never tried okra before but it actually looks pretty good in those pictures. I’ll have to see if our local grocery store carries it – might be a fun new veggie to try!


26 Sarah @ Learning to Feed Yourself June 28, 2012 at 8:37 pm

It is too cold in Wisconsin to grow okra sadly. I am so interested in trying it!! I may give in one of these days and try some frozen okra.


27 mary @ minutespermile June 29, 2012 at 5:07 am

in my hometown of nashville okra is like a staple food! but always fried. glad to see this healthier alternative.


28 Liz @ Tip Top Shape June 28, 2012 at 8:42 pm

It was way too hot even for walking over here. Summer is definitely upon us!


29 Meagan June 28, 2012 at 8:44 pm

I am scared of okra… what’s a good way to prepare it for a beginner?


30 Marge June 28, 2012 at 8:49 pm

Yes, there is a racist movie from Disney called “Song of the South” from the late 1940’s.i am sure your generation is truly unaware of the title and it’s implications. However,although you certainly didn’t intend it, the phrase could offend some readers.


31 KathEats June 28, 2012 at 8:59 pm

Well please let me clarify here that my title has nothing to do with this film or anything it implies. I was referencing the southern food in my post while humming the Alabama song


32 Ann June 28, 2012 at 9:23 pm

I’m a 28 year old black woman, have never heard of this movie and, now that I have, still find this discussion ridiculous. Clearly Kath didn’t mean anything by it. Let’s move on.


33 Kate June 29, 2012 at 8:57 am

I LOVE that movie. It’s Uncle Remus! Clearly Disney didn’t have an objection to it, as Splash Mountain is entirely based upon it. Plus, it isn’t racist. It’s history. That’s like saying “Gone with the Wind” is racist because they show black slaves.


34 Katy June 29, 2012 at 5:15 pm

I’m not trying to start a flame war here – but I wouldn’t use the logic that just because something is created/perpetuated by Disney that means it’s exempt from having racist under/overtones.


35 Sara June 29, 2012 at 10:10 am

And now I am humming that Alabama song in my head :-) That’s what I took it to mean when I saw it–the song.


36 Molly @ RDexposed June 28, 2012 at 9:01 pm

Snatching up the recommended 11 servings by dinner. A+ RD!


37 Averie @ Averie Cooks June 28, 2012 at 9:08 pm

fried okra, lima beans and corn, Creole seasoning…some Southern soul food right there!


38 Cait's Plate June 28, 2012 at 9:10 pm

You always look okra look so much more appetizing then I’m ever able to. Every time I try to work with it, the slim gets the better of me. Does frying it take that away?

Looks like a delicious dinner – I love that side of beans/veggies!


39 KathEats June 28, 2012 at 9:17 pm

Yeah it dries out some


40 Julia H. @ Going Gulia June 28, 2012 at 9:45 pm

How did you like the second and third “50 Shades” books? I read the first and liked it as a fun summer read, but I’ve held off on reading the last two so far because I feel like they’ll just be more of the same chock-full-of-sex-scenes business. I want a little more story than that! Should I check out the last two?


41 KathEats June 29, 2012 at 6:01 am

The plot does pick up, but not by leaps and bounds. And the scenes in the first are the most awkward… It gets a little better. But the inner goddess and “my fifty” stuff gets worse.


42 Leslie June 28, 2012 at 9:50 pm

“Song, song of the south, sweet potato pie and shut my mouth. Gone, gone like the wind, ain’t nobody lookin back again.” Love the group Alabama, their songs are classic country. That dinner loos like a great classic southern country dinner. No offense taken here. Now I have that song stuck in my head though. Have a lovely night.


43 kristen @ verbs and vignettes June 28, 2012 at 9:51 pm

I found out about okra a couple of years ago. I love it! but I’ve still never had it fried. this baked version sounds delicious!!! I wonder if it would work with frozen. they’d probably be too soggy. I don’t usually see fresh around here.


44 Khushboo June 28, 2012 at 11:23 pm

I haven’t had okra in forever: love baking it in the oven!


45 Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy June 29, 2012 at 5:25 am

I’ve not tried okra before – not even sure where to get it in the UK. But I will put more effort into looking for it now, so I can give this a go.


46 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope June 29, 2012 at 6:16 am

I’ve never had okra before. I’ve always wanted to try it though. I’m going to have to try preparing it like how you did. It looks good :)


47 Zoe @ loseweightandgainhealth June 29, 2012 at 6:26 am

I dislike slimy oka. We tend to find it here in Indian curries and the slime has always put me off. I am growing Okra for the first time in the hope that I will like it fresh picked. Your recipe looks great and I will def try that – thanks


48 Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See June 29, 2012 at 7:03 am

I know some people can’t stand the “sliminess” of okra, but I love it! Definitely one of my all-time favs.


49 Kristina June 29, 2012 at 7:14 am

I just finished Nicole Krauss’s Great House and I bought The History of Love recently. Looking forward to starting it, I heard it’s so good!


50 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles June 29, 2012 at 7:16 am

Well, I cannot say okra is one of my favourite veggies. I just cannot seem to rap my head around the sliminess…and I love chia seeds! Maybe it is time to give them another try!


51 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count June 29, 2012 at 7:16 am

The okra looks so good. I’ve never cooked it, but I think I’ll give this a try!


52 Amanda @ Dogs, Chocolate and Fruits & Veggies June 29, 2012 at 8:13 am

Do you have any tips for the breadcrumbs to stick? I tried making green bean fries this weekend, but the breadcrumbs feel off immediately! Maybe it had to do with the fact the green beans were still hot and moist from being blanched..


53 KathEats June 29, 2012 at 8:13 am

Did you use an egg wash first?


54 Amanda @ Dogs, Chocolate and Fruits & Veggies June 29, 2012 at 8:14 am

Two beaten eggs with the yolk.


55 KathEats June 29, 2012 at 8:17 am

Hmmm…I’m not sure. Maybe try adding a splash of milk – the eggs might be too slimey to stick and the milk as a watery liquid might help with that?


56 Gina June 29, 2012 at 11:54 am

Ooooh, The History of Love! Although I thought it was a little bit slow at first, I REALLY loved that book…chills and tears:)


57 Ashley @ Hudson on the Potomac June 29, 2012 at 12:15 pm

I loveee fried okra!! I haven’t had it since my days at JMU! I’ll have to bake some up on my own! Thanks Kath!


58 Amanda @flecksofgreen June 29, 2012 at 12:53 pm

The Okra looks so good! I have to say that my favorite way to eat Okra is when it is pickled in a jar!


59 Angel7 June 29, 2012 at 10:57 pm

I have not made zucchini bread yet, but cannot wait to! I love zucchini bread a lot!


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