1Heat 1/3 oil in small saucepan or skillet over medium-low heat until hot. Using wire whisk, stir in flour. Cook 5 to 7 minutes or until golden brown, stirring constantly; set aside.
2Heat 1 to 2 tbsp oil in 3 quart heavy saucepan or 4 quart Dutch oven over medium heat until hot. Add okra,onions, celery and garlic; cook 8 to 10 minutes or until vegetable are tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in flour mixture until well blended. Add water, tomatoes,1/3 cup parsley, salt,thyme,ground red pepper,pepper, and bay leaves. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 20 minutes.
3Add cubed pork; cook an additional 15 to 20 minutes or until pork is tender and no longer pink. Stir in black eyed peas; cook until thoroughly heated. Remove bay leaves. Ladle gumbo into 8 individual soup bowls; top each with 1/4 cooked rice. Sprinkle servings with 1/4 cup parsley and green onions.