I’m trying a new recipe for supper tonight, but I think the chef has misnamed it. Justin Timineri, Florida’s Culinary Ambassador, calls it Florida Gulf Shrimp and Okra Gumbo, but his recipe doesn’t call for a roux. Surely he knows his gumbo. He’s a certified executive chef, author, teacher, television personality and winner of the Food Network Challenge Great American Seafood Cookoff. Plus, he represents Florida’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services around the globe. I think it’s safe to call him Florida’s head chef, but in the last line of the recipe he writes “. . . add the green onion to the soup . . .” See, he calls it soup, and I know why. Florida Gulf Shrimp and Okra Soup just doesn’t sound very exotic.
The recipe reminds me of a marvelous dish my dad used to cook. We called it okra soup. He wasn’t a fancy chef. In fact, he called himself “the chief cook and bottle washer.” But even when he wrote his recipe down, he embellished on the name. He called it “Top Secret.”
I’ll let you know if Justin’s “okra and shrimp soup” can rival my dad’s “okra soup.” In the meantime, here’s Chef Justin’s recipe if you’d like to try it. http://www.thefloridachef.com/florida-gulf-shrimp-and-okra-gumbo/