I spent quite a while playing catch-up out in the garden this evening. It was time to harvest the garlic, empty out the early spinach bed, weed the snap peas…. As I was on my way inside after I’d finished, I grabbed the scissors out of the pocket of my gardening apron (a great place to keep shears, seeds, garden markers, etc…) and headed over to my cucumber bed. I planted four little cucumber plants this spring. They’re so cute. Little cucumbers. A couple days ago I brought in three nice-sized cucumbers – my first harvest off the cucumber plants, rejoicing that we could have a yummy cucumber salad fresh from the garden! I had seen more little cukes growing that day, so tonight I headed over there, expecting some more cucumber bounty.
Wow. Four cucumber plants can sure give you a lot of cucumbers! Nine. Nine full grown, large, big, market-sized slicing cucumbers. That’s one big honking cucumber salad! Visions of my favorite Chicken Tao ‘ook (or however it’s spelled) with cucumber yogurt sauce danced in my head. And that still leaves me with half a dozen cucumbers I don’t have plans for. How many can you slice and eat raw? And there are more out there growing larger as we speak – ready to be picked in another four or five days. No kiddin’.
All that work out in the garden sure had me thirsty. Boy, maybe I would make myself a cold drink to sip on while I thought about how to use those cucumbers. I sure wasn’t planning to give them away. We would soon have a glut of cucumbers and tomatoes on our hands, and I’ll be darned if I wasn’t going to feed my family with the produce of my hands! LOL! Hey, wait a minute! Mel Bartholomew’s vegetable cookbook! Woot! Woot! The whole being-thirsty-and-needing-to-use-up-my-cucumbers thing jogged my not-as-good-as-it-could-be memory. He has a fun looking cucumber drink recipe in there I’ve been wanting to try!
So I did. The recipe calls for frozen limeade, but in my great-granola-uber-healthfulness I chose crushed ice, the juice of a fresh lime and a couple packets of stevia instead. Okay, I didn’t have frozen limeade. And I’ll bet it would have been even better with the limeade. But it was surely fun to make. I will definitely make it again and you know I’m buying frozen limeade when I go to the store next! And although his recipe calls for “thawed” frozen limeade, I’m throwing it into the blender frozen. I think I’ll replace the club soda and ginger with some Vernor’s ginger ale, too. Mmmm….
So for all of you who don’t know what the dickens to do with all those cucumbers, get a copy of Mel’s book All New Square Foot Gardening Cookbook for good recipe ideas, and in the meantime, you can drink a lot of:
Cucumber Ginger Limeade
- 1 1/2 c. chopped, seeded, peeled cucumber
- 1/3 c. frozen limeade, thawed (or not if you’re wanting a *frosty drink)
- 1 tsp. grated fresh ginger (I went a little lighter on the ginger)
- 1 c. cold club soda (or replace the ginger and club soda with ginger ale)
- lime wedges and/or cucumber slices
- *crushed ice (if you want it frozen)
Combine the chopped cucumber, limeade, and ginger in a blender or food processor. This is the time to add the crushed ice, too, if you’re making a frozen drink. Cover and process until cucumber is pureed. Taste to see if you need to add sweetener. Combine the cucumber mixture and club soda in a small pitcher. Serve garnished with lime or cucumber wedges. Serves 2.
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