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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Tofu Avocado Crema

avocado tofu crema
So my brother had a ripe avocado he couldn't use and he gave it to me. That was thoughtful of him. 

I don't generally buy avocados for myself. I don't like them plain, so I am forced to process them to enjoy them. But his gift inspired me. 

I decided to do an avocado crema, but using silken tofu. It's a flavor bomb and a nutrient bomb too. Tons of potassium and protein. 

It's super garlicky and creamy. You'll want to just eat it by the spoonful.

Now I'm back on the avocado bandwagon and want to make this again and again. 

It's really simple and comes together very quickly. 

1 ripe avocado
1/2 package silken firm tofu
5 cloves garlic peeled and destemmed
1 long hot pepper, chunked
1 tbl white vinegar
2 1/2 tsps salt
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground cayenne
2 tsps oregano

Buzz it all up in your food processor until smooth.