Southern Fried Okra

1 pound fresh okra
2 eggs, beaten
¼ cup buttermilk
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup cornmeal
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
Freshly ground pepper to taste
Vegetable oil

Wash and slice okra; pat dry with paper towels. Combine eggs and buttermilk; add okra, and let stand for 10 minutes. Combine flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt and pepper. Drain okra, small portions at a time, using a slotted spoon. Dredge okra, small portions at a time, in flour mixture. Pour oil to depth of 2 to 3-inches in a Dutch oven, skillet, or deep-fat fryer and heat to 375º F. Fry okra until golden brown. Drain on paper towels and serve immediately.