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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Little Black Ducks

On my routine bicycle travels I often get to encounter some amazing wildlife. It's amazing to think that such an urbanized area can still be so rich with wilderness and fauna. I guess that's why they call us the garden state.

My most favorite by far is the little black ducks I was lucky enough to come across on the side of the road. They appeared to be a couple working together. They were just about as cute as you could ever hope to imagine.

It's not easy to photograph animals. They're easily frightened. But these little black ducks had no fear. They let me get very close. And they didn't care about the cars whizing by They just went about their duckly business as if I wasn't even there.

But they were as cute as can be. All feathery and fat as ducks tend to be. And waddling around together just the same as any old married couple of the human variety..

If it's wrong to eat dogs and cats, which it is, then it ought to be wrong to eat ducks too. They deserve better.