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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Galaxy Foods Vegan Cheddar Cheese

I tried vegan cheese for the very first time today. I was cautiously optimistic. I'd read about the poor melting qualities of vegan cheese in general, but wasn't personally in it for the melt. I was looking for a some flavor, some moisture and the texture of unmelted cheese.

There weren't a lot of choices. In fact, there was just one. Galaxy Foods Vegan Cheddar flavor slices. But heck, cheddar is (or rather was) my favorite cheese, so lucky me.

Didn't really expect actual cheese flavor, just something similar or reminiscent of it.

The texture was pretty much spot on for cheddar. Based the package styling being similar, I was expecting more of an american cheese food singles texture. But it was more like cheddar than I had anticipated. That sort of firm, moist, yet slightly crumbly feel. Very accurate in that respect. It did also add some much needed moisture to my sandwich. Vegan chili with rice on a kaiser roll. The slice of vegan cheese was just what the sandwich needed to really make it great. It was exactly what I'd been craving.

The flavor was not precisely cheddar. It has a nice smokey quality and a taste I very much enjoyed. And like I said, it was just the thing my sandwich needed. It would totally rock with some vegan bologna slices or vegan ham slices.

In general, I went in with low expectationas and was very pleasantly surprised. Texture was an A. Moisture was an A. Sandwich enhancing ability also an A. Flavor a B+. Price is fair. Regular cheese is around the same price. Unfortunately this stuff rarely ever goes on sale. Still, I liked it very much and would definitely purchase the product again.