We have a small vegetable garden. Tomatoes, cucumbers, some herbs. The deer seem to enjoy the sunflowers. This year we seem to be growing some melons, as well.
The cucumbers are the big story, though. I go out every day and pick these:
And then about five minutes later I go out and pick these:
Later in the day, I go out and check on the tomatoes (still green) and sure enough, I gather up some of these:
Fortunately, we like cucumbers. I happen to love cucumber sandwiches, and cucumbers work in all kinds of salads. Because I do tend to let all sorts of things slide in the summer (sleep schedules, housework, reading anything that includes words over five letters long, laundry, brushing my hair or anyone else’s, walking the dog, answering the phone, paying the bills, putting gas in the car, speaking in complete sentences), my family’s dietary habits have been a little sloppy and we’ve been in a bit of a rut. I busted out the cookbooks the other day to see what I could do with some of the cucumber bounty.
From The New Basics Cookbook, (Silver Palate)
Minty Cucumber Soup
This is a cold soup, causing my son to say, “What the!” but he came around.
Cut 6 peeled and seeded cucumbers into 1 inch pieces and combine them with 1 minced garlic clove in a food processor or blender. Process for 30 seconds or so.
Add 2 cups chicken stock (Silver Palate has a fancy chicken stock recipe, I just use whatever’s around and cheap b/c life is short and so am I), 3 cups plain yogurt, some salt and white pepper, 3/4 cup chopped fresh mint leaves and 1 teaspoon lemon juice. Process the bejeezus out of it until smooth. And listen, I know most people don’t have actual lemon juice policies, but I do. More is better. So add more. It’s better.
The recipe says to pass it through a food mill (yeah, right) or a strainer, but I didn’t. Just blend the hell out of it.
Add some more mint and diced cucumber before you serve it. Refrigerate for a few hours before serving so it thickens up and is very cold.
It’s good! And hey! Fewer cucumbers around!
This is where a pretty picture of the soup would go. If I’d remembered to take one. Instead, I give you this:
Here’s what my daughter made while I made soup. I could identify the mint, dog biscuits, and muffin cups, but she wouldn’t tell me what the other thing was. Your guess is as good as mine.