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  Blog by Harry Mossman

Primal "Gumbo" Stir-Fry

Fat Tuesday, aka Mardi Gras, is the last day before Lent. (In the U.S., the whole period leading up to Lent is often called Mardi Gras, especially in places like New Orleans.) The idea is to party and pig out before Lent.

Foods in New Orleans would include king cake, jambalaya, red beans and rice, gumbo, hurricane drinks (up to 4 oz of booze, including 151 proof rum) . . . . you get the idea. How to stay fairly healthy?


  • 4 filler-free andouille sausage.
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 6 cloves of garlic, smashed and minced
  • 1/2 large red bell pepper, diced
  • 3 stalks of celery, diced
  • A sprinkle of thyme
  • Dash of cayenne pepper
  • EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
  • 4 slices of bacon (or more if you like)
  • 1 package okra (or fresh if you can get it. Sliced.) Allow to thaw some.
    If you give okra a quick stir-fry, it will not get slimy. Honest.
  • (Optional) Some shrimp (Housemate gets gout. I could not use.)


  • Fry bacon until crisp. Remove.
  • Saute sausage, onion, garlic, bell pepper, celery, cayenne and thyme in bacon fat. Remove.
  • Saute okra. (Add EVOO as needed.)
  • Mix okra with the other stuff.

    Serve with greens. Splash on balsamic vinegar.
    Crumble bacon on both stir-fry and greens. Washed down with a glass of red wine.