Mama Hamil’s is the Spot, by Will Saunders
The other day, some coworkers told me about a good old, southern, soul food restaurant in Madison, Mississippi. Mama Hamil’s, they told me, is not much to look at and the ambience is not the greatest. But, the food is amazing. When I peeped the menu, I saw things that I have not eaten since I was a child. Cream corn, BBQ beans, fried okra, and butter beans are the main items that caught my attention.
It’s known for its meats, and those of you who know me well know I’m not a meat person. But from the menu, the fried okra and butter beans really stuck with me, as I have fond memories of eating them. If I ever make the trek to Madison, Mississippi, I must visit Mama Hamil’s. In the mean time, I cooked up some butter beans, seasoned with cloves of garlic and rosemary and I fried up some okra too. Unfortunately, I had to use frozen okra. I can’t seem to find it fresh anyplace. Nonetheless, it was delicious – the butter beans too. It took me back to my childhood. What a great way to reminisce: eating foods that I hadn’t had since probably elementary school. I need to do this more often. I made some red beans and rice too, inspired by my friend RJ who made some last week. YUMMY!