Cucumber, Corn and Tomato Salsa

My co-worker gave me some cucumbers she and her husband had grown in their garden. I wanted to use them right away as they were so fresh. This is a variation on a classic cucumber and tomato salad. I added charred corn for sweetness and smokiness. I also added poblano and jalapeno for spice. 

2 small or 1 medium cucumber, diced
2 ears corn
3 vine tomatoes, diced
1 poblano, diced
1 jalapeno, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced

2 tbls apple cider vinegar
2 tbls olive oil
2 tsps dry dill
1 tsp garam masala
2 tsps salt

I wasn't about to turn on the broiler to cook the corn. It's been in the 90's here. Instead, I used the same technique often used to char bell pepper. Put the shucked ears directly over a gas flame on the stovetop. If you don't have a gas stovetop you can broil them or use an outdoor grill. 

The corn will pop and make a bit of a mess on your cooktop, but it's worth it. 

Char the corn evenly all around. Allow to cool and them cut the kernels off the cob. 

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Soy Ramen

Ramen noodles are one of the cheapest foods meant for human consumption known in American. Soy sauce is totally free whenever you order Chinese food just save any unused packets. The trouble is that Ramen, all flavor, tend to taste the same. Here's a tasty way to change them up.

Ingredients

2 packets soy sauce
1 package oriental flavor top ramen noodles
1 can chick peas (garbanzo beans)
1/4 cup frozen broccoli
3 cloves garlic minced
zest of one orange


Fill a medium sized sauce pot half way with water. Put on high heat. break ramen brick into 3 or 4 pieces. Add to water. Add ramen flavor packet to water. Stir to combine.

Coat the bottom of a medium size frying pan with water. Add broccoli and cook until broccoli is heated through (approximately 7 minutes).

Your ramen are probably almost done by now. Add one packet soy sauce and zest from half the orange to cooking noodles. Stir. Cook one minute more before killing heat.

Remove broccoli from pan onto a temporary resting area. Dump cooking water. Return pan to stove on medium heat. Add one packet soy sauce and your garlic. Cook garlic in sauce for 2 minutes then add your chick peas. Season with pepper. Cook for 4-5 minutes. Stirring to coat chick peas in soy sauce.

Add broccoli pack to pan of chick peas and garlic. Combing all ingredients. Add the other half of the zest from the orange. Stir and turn off heat.

Pour chick pea/broccoli combo into ramen pot. Simmer to warm everything through.

A unique taste of Asia from simple, inexpensive ingredients. The combination of the soy sauce and orange zest gives this entree a flavorful and savory feel. I couldn't stop snarfing mine down.