Behold the Cucumber Smoothie! Sweet Corn Add-In? Optional.
Just as a hypothetical, let's say you had some Cleary Hill Farm Cucumbers, and you started making Aunt Bea's Immediate Pickly Cucumbers, but something came up. A day later you think, "I wish I knew how to make Alfalfa's famous Sour Cream Cucumber Soup" - but the recipe does not show up online, and drifting through other cucumber soup recipes fails to inspire....because, let's just guess - you want to go in the kitchen, and outside into the garden, and play with what's available.
When that happened to me, here's what I found and loaded into my blender, resulting in Cucumber Smoothie with Optional Ambrosia Sweet Corn Add-In.
- 1 cup fresh cucumber chunks, partially peeled, no seeds
- 1 long green onion stem
- 1 celery stalk
- Handful of mixed fresh herbs: mint, tarragon, flat-leaf parsley
- Pinch of dried dill and ground cardamom
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 cup cultured milk: I used 1/3 cup each plain yogurt, buttermilk, and sour cream
- Freshly grated black pepper
After blending until smooth and tasting, I realized (a) I like the taste and the slightly coarse texture, which reminded me of a smoothie. Then I realized (b) This IS a smoothie: It is better in a glass than a bowl; it is useful as a late afternoon pick-me-up -- as fruit smoothies are -- and, like all smoothies in my kitchen, it is appropriately made from dibs and dabs. Soups, by contrast, I view with caution, and nearly always with some type of recipe in hand, at least as a starting point.
So - the Cucumber Smoothie. And then I tried a sweet corn add in, and liked the contrast of salty/lemony/oniony liquid with the sweet, chewy kernels. Specifically, this Cucumber Smoothie got dressed up this way:
- 1 ear microwaved "Ambrosia" sweet corn, kernels cut off; uncooked fresh sweet corn would work just as well
Other add-ins would be good, too, but were not handy. Here's a list of (so far) imaginary add-ins:
- Fine chunks of peeled cucumber
- Ice cubes, if it's a 95 degree day and one wants chillllllll
- A few Sun Gold tomatoes, or other sweet cherry tomatoes, halved
- Sweet red or yellow peppers, in small dice
- Chopped fresh avocado
- Finely chopped fresh jalapeño bits or a sprinkle of crushed red peppers or ground cayenne
- Or...blurring the veggie/fruit divide...chopped watermelon? Red raspberries?
To your health!
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