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 Pudding Attempt #1

I recently learned that Jell-O instant pudding mix is vegan. I believe most other brands are as well. Awesome! I like pudding. All I have to do is add a vegan milk product like almond or soy milk. Suweeet!

Unfortunately the websites that tout the vegan virtue of instant pudding mix fail to mention that instant pudding mix is designed to work with the specific composition of cow's milk.

I followed the package directions: 2 cups almond milk, 1 package instant pudding. Whisk. Chill. I got sort of a pudding soup. It tasted really good. Sweet and creamy and chocolatey. But it was by no means pudding.

I've heard soy milk may yield better results. But there's is no clear consensus. Some people say only the cook top style will actually work. Other says just use less milk in the mix. I've not yet tested out these theories, but am sure one day I will and report my findings here.

Until then, know that it may not turn out in the firm texture of pudding, but instant pudding mix + almond milk still tastes really delicious.