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…

Sweet Corn and Chile Tofu Puree Vegan Recipe

I'm a fiend for tofu purees. It's such a great way to incorporate a big dose of protein into a few flavor packed spoonfuls. 

Silken tofu makes an ideal puree base. It blends up smoothly and adds that creamy mouth feel.

Any other flavors you pair with it, they take center stage and really shine. 

1/2 package silken firm tofu
2 tbls sunflower seeds, ground
7 cloves garlic, roasted
1 jalapeno, roasted
1 serrano, roasted
1 habanero, roasted
1/2 cup cooked corn niblets
2 tbls olive oil
1 tbl white vinegar
2 tsps salt

Roast the chiles and garlic in a foil packet in a 425 F oven for 30 minutes. Set aside

I used frozen corn. Cook in the microwave according to package directions

Grnid sunflower seeds in a spice/coffee grinder. You can skip this step, but the puree will not be as smooth.

De-stem an de-seed cooled chiles.

Add all ingredients to food processor and puree until smooth. .

Enjoy with anything that needs more flavor.