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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Red Pepper Protein Curry Sauce

Red peppers were 99 cents a pound, so I had the idea of a red pepper based curry sauce. It's similar, yet different from a classic tomato based curry. Sweeter. Can take more heat.

I added tofu for protein and creaminess. But it was still pretty chunky, so I added some coconut milk as well. It really doesn't feel like a curry without it.

This is a protein rich curry sauce that works well with rice, vegetables and beans.

You can go traditional and pour it in a bowl to pair with rice. You can also utilize it similarly to a puree and plate it on the bottom of crisp veg and additional beans.

Ever since I first discovered curry, I've been fascinated with how it can be transformed beyond classic applications. I think this iteration is a perfect example of how a complex curry sauce can be paired with whatever fresh beans and veg you're hungry for at the moment. Rice optional.

Ingredients
1/4 cup cooked lentils
2 large red bell peppers
1/2 package silken firm tofu
1 jalapeno
1 habanero
6 cloves garlic
1 medium yellow onion, halved
1 tbl garam masala
2 tsps ras el hanout
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp paprika
1 tbl salt
2 tbls olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup water
1 can coconut milk

Broil the red peppers and onion for 20 minutes. 5 minutes per side for peppers and turning onions once. .

Use tongs to slice peppers into large chunks. Puree onion and pepper in food processor with tofu, jalapeno, haberno, garlic.

Rinse food processor and set aside to use again.

Ad pureel to a medium pot with the remaining ingredients, except lentils.

Simmer uncovered for 20 minutes.

Return to food processor and puree until smooth. Stir in lentils.