This week I needed Okra. This was the first time I have needed Okra since moving to DK, but I had a new recipe I was experimenting with and REALLY REALLY needed Okra. So what is a girl to do?? Put out an SOS on Facebook, of course! Within 30 minutes of posting my request, I was getting answers.....but I was also getting questions from my Danish friends such as, "What in the heck is OKRA?!" I could not answer them as Okra was nowhere to be found in my big red Danish dictionary! No wonder Danes don't know what it is....there is not a word for it! I even tried to look up Okra on Wikipedia and then switch my page to the Danish version....yep, only found Dutch!
So for all my Danish friends....here it is! First picture is what it looks like right off the vine and second is after I have removed the tops and bottoms and chopped it up. Where did I find this little wonder, you might ask?? Well, my Danish friend, Mathias, saw my SOS on FB on his iPhone, was already in Århus shopping, and wrote me back to say that he would start looking! At the same time, my Venezuelan friend, Monica, said she thought she had seen something similar at the Turkish market in Herning, but she was not sure.... Long story short, I GOT MY OKRA! Mathias found it in an Asian market in Århus (along with many other amazing treasures that you can ONLY find in those places in DK!)
So then the question came of "WHAT THE HECK DID YOU DO WITH THIS STUFF?" Made something DELICIOUS! Just ask my Viking!
So is this blog about OKRA?
NOPE! Although it may definitely seem that way!
This blog is about what the OKRA taught me!
All expats/immigrants/foreigners/refugees, etc...(you decide what name best fits you) are looking to find the things they need on a regular basis and usually they are the things they had in their home country and it SURE WOULD BE NICE if we could find something similar here in our new homes. So my advice is
GET A NETWORK and make sure your network INCLUDES DANES!
I have helped one expat friend find a VET this week, another expat friend find a hair salon and my other expat friend helped our other expat friend work on finding a pumpkin patch to photograph her son in! That, plus the OKRA! And that's just THIS WEEK!
So if you are not on Facebook or some other electronic social site, I recommend that you get there and that you find as many friends in your situation... living in Herning, expat, etc.... There are LOTS of us out there plus we all have Danish friends who know so much more about DK than we will ever know! So if we all help each other find these things to make life easier, more comfortable, and in my case, MORE DELICIOUS, I think we just might make it in our new home in HC Andersen Land! And if you need a place to start, add me on FB! I feel like I have a place to find all my answers and would love to share that network with you!