22 February 2013

Belle's Okra Soup


Yes! I am back but part – time. I have a lot going on in my life at the moment – work, childbirth, family and school  - Multitasking Career Woman! Time management is something I know how to do best but having a newborn and a 2 year old to look after, really it seems I have forgotten what it means to manage time.

My son is a very picky eater and this drives me mental. I am always on my toes trying new recipes so he can eat something everyday; but I have just given up struggling to figure what he likes. I create different recipe almost every other day, most of them are easy to prepare and they taste heavenly. Here is one of them – Belle’s Okra Soup


1kg Okra
2 Fresh or frozen Mackerel fish
Mackerel fish stock
1 medium size Onion
3 cubes of knorr
A cup of Palm oil


  • Wash, clean and slice the mackerel. Put into a pot, add 1 cubes of knorr, and slice in a quarter of the onion. Add a pinch of salt and cook till properly done.
  • Bring the fish out of the pot, pour the stock into a bowl and set aside.
  • Remove all the bones from the fish just like in the photo (remember this is for the kids, so one has to carefully remove the bones); then set it aside
  • Cut the Okra and the remaining onions just as seen in the photo or as you want it.
  • Now put these ingredients in a dried pot, add oil. Then allow it to heat for few seconds. Add the diced onions and fry for about a minute.
  • Add 2/3 of the okra into the pot.  Add the remaining knorr cube, stir at intervals and allow it to fry. Cook until the okra mixes properly with the oil and becomes slimy.
  • Then add the fish into Okra, mash it into the okra so one barely notices the fish.
  • Pour in the fish stock, turn and taste for salt. If not satisfied with the taste, add salt or another knorr cube.
  • Finally add the remaining Okra, this is to give it that special very fresh looks.
  • Then Stir and taste at different intervals as need be… 

This could take about 20 – 30 mins to get done.