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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Vegan Beans Remoulade

Remoulade sauce is a mildly spicy, interesting flavor to enhance many different kinds of beans. Chick peas, red beans, pink, black. It'll work on almost any kind.

Ingredients:

1 can beans of your choice (or mix a few of your favorites)
3 Tbls spicy mustard
1 1/2 - 2 Tbls ketchup
1 tsp or 2 takeout packets soy sauce
2 cloves finely minced garlic
zest and juice of one lemon
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp chili powder
salt and pepper to taste

In a bowl whisk together mustard, ketchup and soy sauce, lemon zest, lemon juice, minced garlic, onion powder, chili powder and garlic powder. Whisk until thoroughly combined. Add only 1 1/2 Tbls of ketchup at first and taste. If you like it that way great. If it's a little too mustardy for you add the extra ketchup.

Add several shakes of salt and pepper, stir and taste. Add more seasons if you prefer.

Rinse your beans and then add to your remoulade mixture. Stir to coat beans in sauce.

Chill for two hours to eat cold over bagel or toast.

Beans in remoulade can also be heated in a sauce pan or the microwave if you prefer them warm over pasta or rice.