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 Potato Soup

It's hard to find canned vegetarian soups. Let alone vegan. I believe there's a healthy choice zesty veg soup that is and a progresso lentil one, but the choices are very limited.

So, wanting some potato soup I set out to make my own.

Ingredients

1 can diced potatoes
2 tsp olive oil
1 can vegetable broth
2/3 cup almond, soy or rice milk
1/2 a large yellow onion diced
4 cloves garlic
2-3 canned artichoke hearts
1 tsp rosemary
salt and pepper

In a large sauce pan heat the oil. After two minutes add onion and potatoes and saute three minutes. Add garlic. Saute one minute more. Add broth.

Simmer for 7 minutes. Add milk and simmer five more minutes. Add garlic and rosemary. Cook two minutes more.

Remove from heat. With a stick blender or potato masher pulverize your soup until only slightly lumpy and mostly very thick.

Add salt and pepper to taste. Heat a little more if neccessary.

Served garnished with one quarter artichoke heart in center of bowl. Or add all chokes to soup and store for use later.