Monday, August 30, 2010

Cookin' With Frank!


Frank's small baby heirloom okra grown from family seeds that date back 40 years

OK, I must share what a great day I had on Saturday. Daughter Melissa and Rose Nguyen have a small food co-op called The Rose Bowl. They cook meals twice weekly but are now offering some really fun cooking classes. Saturday, internationally renowned Birmingham sculptor, Frank Fleming made a return appearance to share his old family recipe for pickled okra. Several weeks ago Frank led a fig preserves class and he was a hit. After the group of 7 finished their work, we enjoyed prosecco with chevre and fig preserves on sliced baguette. Refreshed, we all loaded up and adjourned to Frank's home to tour his garden, his studio and ohhed and ahhed over his work. (More photos from that coming soon.) We ended the day with a delicious lunch back at Melissa's home and enjoyed lingering at the table after for good conversation. A great day.





15 comments:

Paula said...

You lucky duck, it sounds like you had a big time.

jb said...

Recipes...?

Bibi said...

I really need to try okra again. I hated it last time I tried it....in a restaurant serving Madagascar cuisine in Paris years ago. Your post reminds me of the pickling people do here for the winter. Same stuff and more, but no okra! :)

B SQUARED said...

Sounds like a wonderful day.

claudine said...

J'adorerais participer à ces classes de cuisine! Malheureusement, je suis trop loin!

altadenahiker said...

How perfect, though I must admit I've never heard of pickled okra.I'm going to take a stab in the dark here and assume you eat them like...pickles.

Virginia said...

Hiker,
Yep. If made right, they are a bit crunchy, not "slimy" as okra can be when boiled. I love it boiled, fried, pickled, but many, even southerners, can't eat it boiled. We put some hot chili peppers and Frank used jalpeno's from his garden to give them some heat. YUM

Daryl said...

I think I will pass on the okra but it sounds like a fun time was had

Bob Crowe said...

Finally time to write some notes.

Mmmm, looks good, and a lot different from what we're being fed here (potatoes potatoes potatoes, plus a side dish). Your friend Frank could have been someone we met down at the local. Really nice portrait.

TheChieftess said...

wonderful photos V!!! Love the portrait!!!

As for Okra...as long as it's not slimy...I'll try it again!!!

Rambling Round said...

Never had pickled okra but I love stir-fried with tomatoes, onion, bell pepper and squash!

Virginia said...

RR,
You a southern girl has never had pickled okra? We buy it in all the stores but I"m hoping my homemade jar is delicious too.
V

Randy said...

Looks like a great time. I love the first photo. You can just smell the freshness.

Judy - So California said...

Looks like a fun time was had by all. Did everyone put up their own jar or did he just show them how? I don't believe I've ever had okra. I'll have to watch out for the "slimy" stuff and try some good stuff.

steviewren said...

My daughter loves pickled okra. She needs to learn how to make her own. We were just talking about that the other week.