Gumbo = soup over rice
Every one has their own favorites and stories. Its just like smoking! There is isn't a wrong way just the way you are trying it today.
A couple more gumbos and you'll be telling stories too....... <chuckles> the more you hear the more you'll form your gumbo.
Personally I like a shrimp & okra or a chicken and okra gumbo, but I like okra. Course I like oysters and andouille, and crab, and sausage, and etc..... Man when you start making your andouille and sausage to your own taste just for jambalaya and gumbo, you just knock it out of the park!
Gumbo is like the old story of the traveling soldiers and the pot of rock soup.
Before you ask:
PS Captain Kangaroo told the story bestest!
Foam I think of it more as a stew,but whatever ya feel it is it is.All I can say is it is down right heart warming,comfort food.Thanks for the point I appreciate it