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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Cold Combos

Here's an interesting little sandwich I had today. I had a lot of black bean salad lying around. I also had rye bread and macaroni and cheese with peas in it. So I did what any sane person would do in that situation. I put them altogether on the bread and topped with raw onion and pickle slices. I figured the mac and cheese would kinda act like the cheese in a normal sandwich. It pretty much worked out that way. There were some nice contrasts happening. All in all a pretty awesome sandwich. Another fun thing I did with my food was hard cooked egg and cheese and broccoli rice. Those quick cook flavored rice packets are super tempting. They have good flavor and are so convenient. When they put them on sale for a dollar it's impossible to resist. Great taste. Cheap. Easy. What more can you ask for from supermarket food. I always like to augment them though. They are mostly rice and they are small. Bulking them up with vegetables makes them go farther and much more healthful. I usually add some frozen veg. Broccoli, cauliflower, mustard green. Whatever I have lying about. Fresh garlic is always a great add in. I like to add some canned beans as well. Protein and bulk. Cheap as heck. Black bean, garbanzos, lentil. Any old bean is good. But if you're really looking for a protein boost some egg will really hit the spot and not add much cost. Hard cooked egg is any easy add in to any dish. I used just half an egg in my bowl of rice mix. It was quite satisfying. I eat almost all my food cold. It's very rare that I eat hot food. Dunno why. Just not that into it. Except maybe baked potatoes or roasted potatoes. Though I love them both cold as well. I hate microwaving my food. So instead I just eat it all directly from the fridge. It's suprisingly good that way. The microwave ruins flavors and textures.