Sunday, May 07, 2006

British Virgin Islands: Okra Fungi

"Fungi" apparently means polenta in the British Virgin Islands.

Okra and polenta. Sounds like a strange combination, until you bite into it. Then you're absolutely certain that it's a strange combination. Why someone would combine these two foods in the first place is beyond me, but why they repeated it . . .

It doesn't taste bad. It tastes like polenta mixed with okra. I'm glad I ate it once.

Makes enough for 8

10 ounce package frozen cut okra
5 cups water
1 1⁄2 cups yellow cornmeal
2 Tbsp butter
1⁄4 tsp salt

Boil half of the water, remove from heat, and add the okra. Let it sit while you prepare the cornmeal.

In a saucepan, boil the other half of the water. Add the cornmeal in a slow, steady stream, stirring constantly with a whisk. Stir constantly for about 5 minutes, until the polenta is done, then mix in the okra, butter, and salt.

The recipe I used suggested serving this with Boiled Fish West Indian Style. I suggest serving it with more butter.

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