Broccoli Olive and Corn Salsa Recipe

I'm just mixing up cultures as I see fit. All cuisines, from all over the world, have the human palate in common. They can blend in some amazing ways. 
This has a really fresh and clean flavor. It's light, but filling. Ideal for the end of summer. It just needs a little bread or rice to go with it. 

Make sure when you serve it to coat the bread or rice with some of that scrumptious sauce!
Salsa Recipe Ingredients
2 broccoli crowns, chopped small
1 can small black olives, halved
2/3 cup frozen corn
1/2 cup frozen peas
2 shallots, diced
1 jalapeno, minced
1 poblano, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tlbs olive oil
1 tbl hot sauce
2 tsps spicy mustard
2 tsps salt
1 tsp black pepper
2 tsps dry thyme

Add all the ingredients to a large mixing bowl and stir to combine. Let rest overnight. 

The broccoli cooks in the acid and the frozen ingredients thaw without losing their color or flavor.


Moist Vegan Cookies

Here's a neat little trick I came upon quite accidentally one day when bringing my home made lunch to work with me. I had made a nice sandwich of whole grain white bread, beans, hummus, onion and lettuce. I packed it inside a rather oblong reusable plastic container. So I also put a few cookies in there too.

These were your typical cripsy, crunchy, eggless vegan cookies. Which is fine by me. A crispy cookie is sometimes just the thing.

When I went to eat the cookies they were no longer crunchy at all. They had turned chewy and soft. The moisture from the bread and sandwich ingredients had been absorbed by the cookies. Neato.

I've tried it on other occasions with other moist giving foods and other varieties of moisture stealing cookies. It has worked with soft bread, cooked rice, roasted potatoes and donut holes as donors. It has worked on oatmeal cookies, chocolate chip and it's even worked to make wheat chex soft. If you eat wheat chex you understand what an amazing thing this is. Those little buggers stay crunchy for hours in a pool of milk.

The only trick to making this curious phenomenon work is the two items need to be confined for at least a few hours inside a plastic container or plastic bag. It's that simple.