Yes, the garden is all over the backyard and a bit of a mess. And I have learned my lesson and next year I’ll have plenty of trellises for the cucumbers, watermelons and cantaloupes and tomato cages. But part of it is also fun. Because in all the chaos are the fruits and vegetables and it’s like playing hide and seek to find them. Move a leaf here and there’s a cluster of ripe tomatoes. Lift a vine and find cucumbers as long as your forearm. It’s always an adventure. I never think that there are many tomatoes growing out there and I always come back in with my basket overflowing and I didn’t even pick all of the tomatoes that were ready. It’s like going into a nature setting and suddenly everything around you is of keen interest. It’s just what I need at the end of a long day.
I love okra! I know a lot of you are thinking, eewwww… slimey! But it all depends on how you cook it. I leave them whole and just cut the ends off (if you cut them into small pieces, you get more slime). And then I put them in a pan with extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper, a little season salt and a little sugar and let it fry gently until the okra is a little carmelized, and that’s it. No slime, just good eatin’. I know you don’t believe me, but it’s true!