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. 

Stir together all i…

Charred Cabbage

Cabbage was abundant and cheap recently because of St.Patrick's Day. So I found myself with a lot of it to somehow make enjoyable. Normally I'll just use it raw. But I've been watching this show from the UK. Masterchef Professionals UK Season 9 and on it one of the chefs did roasted cabbage.

He quartered the head, drizzled it with olive oil, seasoned and roasted it on a sheet pan in a pretty hot oven. It sounded like a brilliant idea, so I thought I'd give it a try. For the sake of having more charred bits of cabbage I decided to roughly chop it first.

I then tossed it with some olive oil, salt, pepper and paprika. Into a 450 F oven on a rack one step up from the bottom it went.

The first time I tried it I set the timer for 10 minutes. It wasn't really browned much at that point. So stir and return to oven. I let it cook another 7 minutes and it was pretty nicely done. Not every piece with be browned. Some will be really darker, others golden and still more just wilted. It's actually a nice combo of textures and flavors. The darker bits are very nutty.

I love this stuff on sandwiches. I haven't been using cheese on my sandwiches lately and this really fills that void. The less cooked pieces are almost creamy in texture. The darker pieces have a nice carmelized, nuttiness that ranges from mild to deep.