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…

Tofu Romesco

This is a variation on a classic Spanish romesco sauce. It's simple, yet very tasty. 

1 red bell pepper, roughly diced
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 package silken firm tofu
3 cloves garlic
2 tbls olive oil
2/3 cup water
1 tbls salt
2 tsps black pepper
2 tsps ground cumin
2 tsps crushed pepper flakes
1 tsp cayenne powder
1 tsp garlic powder

Saute the red pepper in a large frying pan with a little of the salt and oil. Cook for 5 minutes over medium heat. 

Pour in the water. Add garlic. Continue cooking until most of the water is gone.  

Garlic and pepper should be tender. If not, add 1/4 more water and continue to simmer until peppers are tender. 

Add other ingredients to food processor. 

When pepper/garlic are done add those to the food processor, including any remaining liquid in the frying pan. Don't waste that flavor. 

Puree until smooth. 

It's great right away, but you can stash it in the fridge to firm up some more. 

It's a soup, it's a sauce, it's a puree. It's plant powered deliciousness.