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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Lightlife Gimme Lean Ground Sausage Style (Vegan)

Today I tried Lightlife Gimme Lean Ground Sausage Style soy based faux meat product. Uncooked it behaves just like raw meat. It's gooey and sticky and mushy.

Since I had some leftover curry couscous I decided I would mix it in with that.

To cook the veggie sausage I just heated up a small non-stick frying pan on medium til it pretty hot. Added about a quarter of the tube. Put the rest into a Pyrex storage container in the fridge.

Once the pan was nice and hot I added the gimme lean and listened to the sizzle. Very nice sizzle indeed. Left it alone for a few minutes to brown that side. Then stirred it around with a spatula. As it got hotter and crispier I was able to break it up into little ground pieces. It was still kinda sticky so I decided to add a tsp of olive oil to the pan. I shoulda probably added it from the get go. Stirred often and did my best to brown it on both sides. All in all I cooked it for about 5 minutes.

I then stirred it into my warmed up leftover couscous. I made sure to taste several pieces plain though. The first bite was kinda bizarre. It tasted like pork... how could that be?

So I took another bite. Still tasted like pork. I asked my meat-eating mother to taste it. 'It tastes like meat', she said.

It was truly astonishing just how much it tasted like the real thing. A tiny conspiracy theorist in my brain began formulating evil scenarios of how it might actually be pork.

But if the ingredients list is truthful and it no doubt is, there's no piggie in there. No animals or animal byproducts of any sort. It's not just vegetarian. It's also vegan.

I can't really fool anyone I know, cuz they all know I would never serve them meat, but I'm confident if I served this to a stranger that they would in fact be fooled.

I was never really a sausage person. Almost never ate pork even when I did eat other meat. But guilt free soy based faux pork tastes really good to me.

It went nicely with my curry couscous. It really tasted and felt like eating meat. I buy Near East Mediterranean Curry Cous Cous because it's vegan.

I wonder how the people at lightlife manage to create such accurate meat reproductions with mostly soy. I picture a wizard and and a lot of wand waving and possible souls being sold.