28 Jul 2011

Cucumber plethora

This year i have discovered how prolific Cucumber- Marketmore 76 - can be. It grows successfully in its slightly raised bed of triple mix, sharing space with small nasturtiums, hiding from deer underneath large leaves. Because I am not selling my produce this year, I was planning to donate the extras to both R.A.F.T and Food Not Bombs. I haven't been in contact with RAFT yet, but I know that FNB's has more than enough cucumbers (judging from last week !). Thus I've been sharing them with friends. (If you're interested or have any suggestions, just let me know.) In spirit of the bountiful cucumber harvest, here's a couple cucumber recipes (some are from one of my favourite organizations; The Cutting Veg. http://www.thecuttingveg.com/ http://www.thecuttingveg.com/recipes/)

1) Typical Eastern-European Cucumber Salad
Ingredients:
Cucumbers
Mayo
Dried Dill
Chop or slice cucumber(s). Mix all ingredients together, give or take depending on what you like.

2) REFRESHING CUCUMBER DILL SALAD (From the Cutting Veg)

Ingredients:

4 medium cucumbers, sliced

1 small bunch of dill, chopped finely

1 small red onion, cxut into thin rings

1 tsp sesame seeds, toasted

The dressing:

2 Tbsp sunflower oil

1 tsp lemon juice

1 tsp balsamic vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)

1 garlic clove, minced

1 tsp sugar

Pepper

Salt

Instructions:

Whisk all the ingredients for the salad dressing. In a medium bowl, combine the cucumber, dill, onion and sesame seeds. Pour the dressing and mix well. Allow vegetables to marinate in the dressing before serving (a few minutes). Serve chilled. Tip: add steamed asparagus to this salad. Substitute dill with parsley or cilantro. Add chickpeas for a lunch entrée.

Serves 2


3) CUCUMBER ROLLS (from the Cutting Veg)

Ingredients:

1 large cucumber

1⁄2 cup mushrooms, sliced

1 medium red pepper, sliced

3 Tbsp olive oil

Instructions:

Sauté the mushrooms in olive oil for about 5 to 10 minutes. Set aside to cool. Cut the cucumber in half, lengthwise. Slice each cucumber half into thin pieces appropriate for rolling. Place a few mushroom and red pepper slices on one end of the cucumber slice. Roll the cucumber, making sure the ingredients are tightly held in the roll. Repeat the steps above to make more rolls.

Serves 2

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