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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Waste Not

I have this idea to do a stock with onion skins and garlic skins. Then add peeled potatoes. and finish with some scallions and minced garlic cloves.

Was watching chopped and really took to heart how in one particular episode they utilized stuff we normally would discard.

I've made onion stock a few times and it's realy great. An easy way to impart lots of flavor to rice. I looked into it and garlic skins can be utilized in the same fashion.

Who knew all these years we wer throwing away so much great taste.

Some kind of smashed potato like creation is what I'm hoping to accomplish. And I just really love scallions. They taste great and hae a beautiful bright green color.

Those Idahoan packets of garlic mashes potatoes are really good, but I'd like to come up with something similar tasting yet much healthier. With far less sodium, but just as much punch. I'd also like to use the potato skins instead of discarding them. I'm thinking roast them in the oven and have a crispy garnish.

I think an onion/garlic broth my be just the right foundation for such an application. The potatoes would be likely to soak up all that flavor is they were peeled and simmered in it.

Am going to give it a try tomorrow. Will let you know how it turns out.

But regardless, never throw away your onion and garlic skins again. Steep them in some water.. They make awesome broth. Use it wherever you would normally add plain water.