Cool as a Cucumber

We’re officially moved in! We spent most of yesterday emptying our pod and maneuvering and ‘Tetris’ing our leather couch through a labyrinth of garages, elevators, and other suspiciously small openings (thanks Jake!). By the end, we were covered in a sticky sheen of sweat and dust but feeling quite accomplished.

Today for lunch, I turned to a recipe that is both deliciously simple and sure to help you stay cool during the summer. I fondly recall having it with a bowl of hot porridge in the morning during childhood. You can also serve it as an appetizer/mezze before a meal.

Cold Crushed Cucumber

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Cold crushed cucumber with pot stickers and black vinegar dipping sauce

Ingredients:

  • English cucumber                                         1, refrigerated
  • Garlic                                                                2 cloves, minced
  • Salt                                                                    1 tsp
  • Sugar                                                                 1.5 tsp
  • Rice vinegar                                                    1 tbsp
  • Sesame oil                                                       1 tbsp
  • Sambal Oelek                                                 1 tbsp

Directions:

  1. Slice cucumber in half lengthwise. Slice into pieces 2′ in length and 1/4′ in width. Take the flat part of your knife and gently smash the cucumber pieces until some seeds separate and the skin breaks.
  2. Place cucumber slices in bowl. Add salt and sugar and toss well. Let sit for 10-15 minutes in the refrigerator as the cucumbers will begin to leak water. Drain the water from the bowl, retaining the seasoned cucumber.
  3. In same bowl, add minced garlic, rice vinegar, sesame oil, and sambal oelek. Toss well, coating the cucumber slices in the mixture.
  4. Transfer to serving dish and enjoy.

I like using English cucumber for this dish for a few reasons. I find that it is often times crunchier. The skin is also less bitter so you don’t have to peel them which saves time.

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