Things That Can Be Carried On A Bike (#10)

A pint of steaming gumbo (dinner!).

Here's a simple and flavorful recipe:

Shrimp, Sausage and, Okra Gumbo

1/2 cup vegetable oil

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1 medium onion, diced

1 small green pepper, diced

3 stalks celery, diced

3 cloves garlic, minced

8 ounces smoked sausage, split lengthwise and sliced

12 okra pods, sliced 1/2 inch thick

1-1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon thyme

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

6 cups chicken broth

1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and de-veined

1/2 cup rice

Make a roux by heating the oil in a heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat and stirring in the flour with a wooden spoon. Stir the roux continuously for 5-10 minutes, or until the roux is brown and smells of toasted nuts. Add the diced onion, green pepper and celery, stir it into the roux and cook it for 3 minutes. Add the garlic, sausage and okra, stir it into the roux and cook it for an additional 3 or 4 minutes. Stir in the salt, thyme, pepper and chicken stock. Bring the gumbo to a boil, stir it to remove any lumps. Lower the heat to a simmer and cook the soup for 20 minutes. Add the shrimp and cook the soup an additional 10 minutes. While the gumbo is simmering, boil the rice in plenty of salted water. Serve the gumbo in a bowl with a small mound of the boiled rice, or stir the rice directly into the gumbo.

The recipe makes about 3 quarts


Anonymous said…
Ryokan, a zen master, lived the simplest kind of life in a little hut at the foot of a mountain. One evening a thief visited the hut only to discover there was nothing in it to steal.

Ryokan returned and caught him. "You may have come a long way to visit me" he told the prowler, " and you should not return empty handed. Please take my clothes as a gift."

The thief was bewilder. He took the clothes and slunk away.

Ryokan sat naked watching the moon. "Poor fellow" he mused "I wish I could give him this beautiful moon."
Joe said…
Hi Anonymous,

Thanks again for your (anonymous) comment...I truly do enjoy all of them...but like the thief in this parable (Zen Koan, actually), I am left a little bewilder [sic]...not sure what it has to do with the original post. I'm a little dense at times, I'd love for you to fill me in.
Anonymous said…
Sorry it has taken me a few days to answer your question. Your blog, more specifically your bike, has set off a series of thoughts, reflections some of which I posted. Your bike, to me, has a Zen quality to it. I felt it right away. It is simple, practical, utilitarian. A bicycle that Japhy Ryder may have owned. You remember him.

I bicycle that a mad Bohisattva currently plunges through Buffalo on. A bicycle that, in the past (say the mid 1980's), a culinary student could have been seen driving full of red wine (screw top of course) through the the decrepit streets of Poughkeepsie
spouting verses of Howl.
A bicycle that can carry another bicycle! Very very funny!
Joe said…
What the hell (figure of speech, as I don't believe hell exists)...I shoulda' known. When you get a chance send me your current email address to buffalocook [at] gmail [dot] com. I'd love to catch up.