Monday, August 29, 2011

Posts About Cucumbers You May Have Missed

I see that folks really want to know what to do with all the cucumbers they're growing in their gardens, or inheriting from their neighbors.

The other night, we ate JaJa Mein, and julienned cucumbers are the ideal topping for this spicy-salty dish, along with some chopped tomatoes. Here's the recipe:

Suzanne’s Jaja Mein
Based on’s recipe

  • ¼ cup chicken broth
  • 1 Tbsp ground bean sauce (Koon Chun brand)
  • 1 tsp miso
  • 1 tsp agave syrup or mirin
  • 1 Tbsp shoyu
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 heaping Tbsp chili/garlic sauce 
Combine the above sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Saute the following in oil:

  • ½ lb. ground beef or pork
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 4 stalks (counting each bulb as one stalk) of green onion, chopped 
Add the sauce ingredients and simmer 3 to 4 minutes. Adjust taste.

For noodles: place an opened serving packet from a package Sun ramen noodles in bowl. Add 2-3 Tbsp water. Cover and microwave 45 seconds, then drain. Top with 2-3 Tbsp of ground beef mixture and garnish with julienned cucumber, grape or chopped tomatoes and cilantro. Note: recipe makes about 4 servings.

You could also make a cucumber salat as a side dish, or this quick cucumber pickle. This panzanella salad contains tomatoes as well as cucumbers.

Cooling cucumbers offer a crispy contrast to spicy or hot food. What is your favorite way to eat cucumbers?

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