Whilst doing some reading for my history class, I came across a passage that described the origins of what's stereotypically known as southern (or soul) food. And it listed those foods. Okra, yams, black eyed peas, creamed/fried corn, etc.
My mouth was watering within seconds. I miss my good ol' southern comfort food. I haven't had any of it since I moved up north -- and my roomies and friends up here (all northerners) are less than excited to go in search of greasy fried food. OH, healthy northerners. They are NO fun.
While reading about the yummy yummy foods I may have let out a teeny-tiny audible groan. Or moan. Not sure which. But it caused both of my roommates and the two friends in the room to look up at me.
"You OK?" they asked.
"Noooooo," I moaned/replied. "I want some fried okraaaaaa."
Blank stares all around. That was one of the instances in which I realized JUST HOW DIFFERENT the south and north are. They'd never had okra. Plain or fried. Any of them. They didn't even know what it looked like.
Oh, sweet jesus, they haven't lived.
Further investigation revealed that they'd never had creamed OR fried corn either. Or black eyed peas with cornbread. Or anything good, apparently. What? People up north don't like to cook all the nutrition out of their vegetables and legumes and then fry what's left?
The whole conversation left me very sad. I just can't imagine a life without fried vegetable-y goodness. The closest thing I've had up here to southern food is the few times when our school's cafeteria served hush puppies, but those were BAKED, not fried -- sad shells of their deliciously greasy counterparts. I nearly cried when I ate them. "YOU PEOPLE ARE MISSING OUT ON SO MUCH!" I may or may not have yelled.
Me? Melodramatic? NAH.
Now don't get me wrong -- it's not like I eat this stuff every day at home. It's just on rare (but wonderful) occasions when we cook a nice, proper southern meal. I *long* for those days. It's been far too long since we've had one of those days.
Only a month left 'til I'm home for spring break. And you better believe we'll be having a southern dinner then.