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 mashed potatoes

Vegan mashed potatoes are super easy. Some potatoes. Some soy milk. A little bit of garlic. And voila. deliciously mutilated root veggies the whole family can enjoy.

I'm lazy. So I opt for the canned potatoes. Although nothing beats a fresh veg, that's a lot more work.

1 can diced potatoes
1/4 cup soy milk
3 tbls vegan margarine
1 tsp olive oil
3 cloves minced garlic
2 tbls salt
2 tsp pepper
2 tsps garlic powder
1 tsp basil

Add margarine and olive oil to large sauce pan and let the margarine slowly melt over medium heat. Saute garlic in the liquified fat.

Add potatoes and milk. Warm through over low heat for about 5-7 minutes. Turn off the flame, but leave the pot on the hot burner. Use a masher to turn the potato mixture into mashed potatoes.

Add seasonings. Stir. Let sit two minutes and taste. Adjust seasonings as desired.

Enjoy by itself with garlic toast or over warm rice. Add some black beans or garbanzos for a full protein and added texture.