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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Curried Split Pea Soup Recipe

I'm not a huge fan of pea soup, but I did have a bag of green split peas that I panic bought at the beginning of the virus insanity.

Peas are packed with protein. They really fill you up.

Quite out of the blue, it occured to me that pea soup might be a lot more interesting if it were given the Indian curry treatment with some garam masala and coconut milk.

Turns out, I was right.

I am now a fan of split pea soup.

I also used this soup as a way to utilize ingredients that were either usually discarded or getting a little old. This is no time to waste anything that might feed yourself or your loved ones.

8 ounces dry green split peas, soaked overnight
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 shallots, diced
1 jalapeno, minced
1 serrano, minced
All the not too woody ends from 1 lb of asparagus, sliced small
Leftover stalks from 1/2 lb fresh kale, sliced small
Few ounces leftover spinach leaves
2 tsps garam masala
2 tsps aleppo pepper
2 tsps garlic powder
1 1/2 tbls salt
2 tsps black pepper
3 tbls olive oil
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 can coconut milk
4 cups water

Soak split peas overnight covered in 1-2 inches of water.

Drain and rinse. Set aside.

Cook down shallots, peppers and garlic in the olive oil for 5 minutes. Add wine and cook off for 5 more minutes.

Add remaining ingredients. Cover. Bring to boil and reduce to a simmer.

Cook until peas are tender. 30-40 minutes.

Use a stick blender to puree until smooth.

I prefer a thicker, creamier consistency. You can add more water for a a looser version.

I topped mine with coconut rice.