Okra, corn and tomato fry

If you don’t like or haven’t tried okra because of it’s reputation for being slimy, then this recipe will surprise. Dry frying the sliced okra before sautéeing  with tomato, onion, garlic and corn removes the slime and produces a tasty vegetarian side dish that is healthy and a delicious side dish served with green salad leaves and grilled pork or fish. Okra is full of fibre, antioxidants and vitamin K.

Prep time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 2o minutes

Ingredients:
1 onion thinly sliced
1 large tomato chopped
2 cloves of garlic crushed
10-12 medium size okra , washed, dried, stalk cut off and sliced lengthwise in half
200g of canned  corn kernels
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper or Cajun spice
2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves stripped from stalk
salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
finely chopped parsley to garnish
Optional: baby spinach leaves or lettuce to serve with

Method
Heat non-stick fry pan over a high heat, add okra cut side down until it browns and the sticky gel emitted dries up. Cook on cut side only. Remove from pan and set aside. (You will need to was pan before using again).

Heat oil in pan then add onions and cook slowly until translucent
Add crushed garlic and sautée for 1 minute
Add cayenne pepper, salt and pepper or just the Cajun spice if using latter, and mix through onion and garlic
Add tomatoes and thyme and a splash of water and cook until tomatoes just start to break up (5 minutes)
Add okra and corn kernels and cook for about 8 minutes, stirring gently from time to time to prevent sticking

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Add okra, then corn to tomato and onion mixture

Taste okra to see if it needs additional cooking time, should be still slightly crunchy.
Garnish with parsley, serve on bed of spinach or lettuce with grilled fish or pork cutlets

Easy Spicy Sweet Corn Fritters with onion

These easy and quick to make sweet corn fritters have a spicy twist through the addition of “Slap Your Mamma” New Orleans Spice mix and slow fried onions for an extra touch of sweetness. Served with bacon and rocket and herbs for brunch/breakfast or good for a lunchbox snack, these fritters also pair well with avocado and sour cream.
Prep time: 5 minutes Cooking time: 6 minutes
Ingredients
1 small can (310g) sweet corn kernels
1 egg beaten
1/2 onion sliced finely and slowly fried until slightly caramelised
1/2 cup wholemeal or plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp Slap Your Mama or other spice mix to your taste

Spicy sweet corn fritters frying
Spicy sweet corn fritters frying

Method
Slice 1/2 an onion and slow fry until translucent and slightly caramelised
Whizz 3/4 of the sweet corn in a small food processor to form a creamy paste
Transfer sweet corn paste to mixing bowl, add remaining corn kernels, egg, spice mix, onions and flour and mix well
Mixture should be firm but moist, add more flour as required if too runny
Heat frying pan over medium heat, spray lightly with olive oil,add dollops of sweet corn, flattening slightly to form a circular or oval shape.
Fry over medium-high heat to golden brown on one side, then flip fritters to cook through and brown on the other side.
Serve with bacon, rocket and other accompaniments.
Makes 6 medium size fritters

Cajun boiled shrimp and corn – Sydney style

Inspired by Adrian’s recent trips to New Orleans and the Gulf of Mexico for work. He has been talking about the traditional boiled shrimp and crawfish that he sampled there since he has been home. Checked out a variety of recipes online but most featured brand name spice mixes that we don’t easily find on the shelves here in Australia. Luckily Adrian had brought home a container of authentic “Slap Ya Mama” Cajun spice mix and with some research into what goes into Zatarain’s crab and shrimp boil mix, we turned out and excellent result that Adrian assures me is very authentic! We held back on serving the shrimp on newspaper but still got our hands dirty like real Southerners do! Great light dinner after a lovely visit to the Sydney Fish Markets on a sparkling Sydney winter’s day to pick up “small” prawns that are needed for this recipe.

Ingredients:
1kg small green prawns or shrimp
2 corn on the cob
2 tablespoon(tbspn) hot cayenne pepper
2 tbspn Slap Ya Mama or additional cayenne pepper and onion salt
3 dried chillies
2 tbspn onion salt
2 tbspn dried thyme
1 large brown onion cut into quarters
2 sticks celery chopped
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
2 juicy lemons
2.5-3 litres water

On the side:
Crispy bread and butter
Louisiana hot sauce or Tabasco
Lemons to squeeze over prawns

Method:
Put water into large stock pot
Add all spices, onions and celery(not lemon) into water and bring to boil
Boil for 5 minutes to let water absorb flavours of spices
Add corn and boil for 10-15 minutes until almost done
Add Apple cider vinegar
Add juice of lemons and lemon halves themselves into water
Bring back to boil
Add prawns and boil for 5 minutes
Strain prawns and corn into serving dish
Warm bread to crisp up and serve immediately with prawns and corn with sauces and spices on the side.

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