We have been having our regular vegetable delivery from Shino
delivers to Pasay every week (Friday). What I like about him is his flexibility with the basket contents. I just get the 4.5 kg basket which lasts us 1.5 weeks. I also get a 500ml bottle of fresh cow’s milk. You can tweak the amount of vegetables included to suit your family’s weekly menu. During my first few orders, I over-ordered the okra so I had to look for some recipes so the okras won’t go to waste. Stan was not exactly a fan of okra so the dish had to be tempered with something palatable to him. A quick google search for okra led me to several recipes. But it was this Okra and Tomato Soup recipe by Diana Rattray
that caught my eye:
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 4 green onions, with most of green, sliced
- 1 small clove garlic, minced
- 1 rib celery, sliced
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
- 8 to 10 ounces okra, about 3 to 4 cups sliced
- 1 cup corn kernels (canned or frozen thawed)
- 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
- dash freshly ground black pepper
- salt, to taste
In a medium saucepan, heat olive oil and butter over medium-low heat. Add onion, garlic, and celery; sauté, stirring, until celery is tender. Add chicken broth, tomatoes, sliced okra, corn kernels, Cajun seasoning, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes, or until okra is tender. Add salt to taste.
Now, where to get the Cajun seasoning? More googling led me to this
- 1/4 cup salt
- 3 tablespoons granulated garlic or garlic powder
- 3 tablespoons ground black pepper, freshly ground if possible
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper, or to taste
- 1 tablespoon paprika
Combine all seasonings and mix to blend thoroughly. Pour into a small jar with cover; seal tightly.
The soup was a hit!! I also found a package of cornbread mix
from Healthy Options and had our cook prepare it for dinner. The cornbread was a bit dry but Stan (and N) really loved the okra soup. We had it on that day when it was raining really hard. So, I guess there’s now no reason to cut down my okra order.
I know that there are now a lot of families receiving weekly grocery deliveries. I’d love to know how you use up all the vegetables in your basket!