My mother just called.
"Oh hello sweetheart, guess what? I made that Okra Fried Rice you posted on your blog! It was fabulous!"
"What are you talking about, Mom, it wasn't good at all."
"Well, I omitted the okra."
"Also the soy sauce."
"Ok . . . "
"And I didn't have any fennel seeds, so I added parsley instead."
"And I used bell peppers instead of onion."
"So when you said you made my okra fried rice . . . "
"It was really more of an honorary kind of thing. Oh! And I'm making your cashew lemon rice tonight!"
Sigh. Here is another strange dish that my mother is sure to mis-cook: Burundian Plantains and Beans.
This was a bizarre dish: filling and satisfying, but not particularly spectacular.
Recipe: Plantains with Beans
2 tsp oil
1/2 onion, sliced
1/2 cup cooked or canned kidney beans
1 green plantain (or a green banana), peeled and sliced
1/2 tsp salt
Fry the onion slices in the oil until they begin to brown, then add everything else and stir until the plantains begin to brown slightly. Add enough water to cover, and simmer over medium heat until the plantains are cooked all the way through. You might need to add more water if all of it evaporates. At the end, you should have a little water let over, but not too much.