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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Cost of Eating

Things have been tight financially. The luxury of vegan foods is off the table. Of course there are many every day foods that fit the bill. But by and large, a vegan diet, is more costly. That's sad and wrong and unfortunate, but factual just the same.

Bean sandwiches are much cheaper than meat sandwiches. So score one for the vegan side. But fresh roasted potatoes are more money than dehydrated potato flakes.

Maybe it all works out to the same cost in the end, regardless. Ten cents here, fifty cents there. Who knows. Cheese is very high priced. So vegans save on that if they don't spend on vegan cheese. But darn it, it tastes so good.

Personally, even as someone who has fallen back into meat consumption, I still love a good bean sandwich. They are really good. A toasted everything bagel... some vinaigrette dressing, a little slice onion, some lettuce and 2-3 spoonfuls of rinsed black beans. I'll take that over cold cut any day of the week.

The difficulty ensues when stuff is on sale at the supermarket. Meat stock ridden soups and such. Rice mixes full of chicken fat. $2 packages of 10 turkey hot dogs. 18 eggs for $1.99/

None of them are food I crave or want, but that makes them cheaper than a can of beans per serving. Sad, but true.

I love cooking my own flavored rice and beans. It's a fractions of the cost of buying pre-flavored. Not to mention - it tastes much better. Get yourself a big tub of McCormick Cajun seasoning, some curry powder and one of Mrs. Dash chipotle and you'll have Mexican, Indian and Cajun rice for years to come.

Embrace the potato. What a wonder food it is. When bags of potatoes are on sale snatch them up. Cut into small chunks, 35 minutes in a 425 degree oven yields delicious nutrition.