Thursday, July 15, 2010


We have a 20 x 20 plot at the "community garden" in the town where we live. We have planted super sweet tomatoes, roma tomatoes, big boy tomoatoes, a "purple heirloom" tomato, banana peppers, bell peppers, cayenne peppers, baby romaine, cucumbers, pole beans, and mint (for mojitos, of course).

We planted the cucumbers as very small plants and they really took off right away. By mid June we had several good sized cucumbers growing.

At the end of June we had a decent little cucumber harvest... then didn't really know what to do with them all. Before this harvest we had two ripen individually - we snacked on one/used it in salads, and the other one we gave away. But now we had 5 all at the same time!

My husband found a recipe for Emeril Lagasse's Cold Cucumber Soup. Thanks to our handy dandy immersion blender (one of our best mini appliances!) he made this soup. The main modifications made to the recipe were that we used lowfat yogurt, light sour cream, and substituted a little more yogurt in place of some of the sour cream. Picked up a loaf of multigrain sourdough bread and voila- we had a meal.

In fact, I think this batch gave us 6 or 7 meal-sized bowls of soup. I haven't had cold soup very often (I think we made gazpacho once last summer), but I thought it was pretty good - had a bit of a kick to it too, thanks to the jalapeno and cayenne peppers.

Know any good cucumber recipes?


  1. Sunomono salad - my mom used to make it for me as a kid. The base is rice vinegar with water and sugar to taste. Add rice noodles, carrots, cucumber and shrimp/prawns if you like, or anything else if you like.

  2. Melanilee,
    Sunomono salad sounds really good, I hadn't heard of it before. Thanks so much for the suggestion! I'll have to report back after I try it.


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