Archive for the ‘Cucumbers’ Category

Serves 6

Asian chili sauce can pack a lot of heat.  If you prefer a milder dish, reduce to 1 tbsp in the salad.

For salad:

  • 4 oz rice-flour noodles
  • 1/2 seedless cucumber, cut into 2 inch long julienne sticks
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 2 scallions, green part only, cut into 2 inch long julienne strips
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 tbsp Asian chili sauce (preferably pineapple flavored)
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Asian sesame oil

For kebabs:

  • olive oil, for grill
  • 1 3/4 lbs sea scallops
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice, plus wedges for garnish
  • 1 tbsp Asian chili sauce (preferably pineapple flavored)
  • 1/2 pineapple, rind cut away and core discarded, cut into 1×1/2″ chunks
  • 4 oz fresh snow peas, blanched
  • 2 orange bell peppers, sides sliced off core, stems and seeds discard, cut into 1 1/2″ pieces
  • 1 medium red onion, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 12 (10 inch) bamboo skewers, soaked in water 30 minutes
  1. Make salad: Cook noodles according to package instructions and drain.  Rinse in cold water until cool; drain and toss with remaining ingredients in a bowl; salt and pepper to taste.  Set aside.
  2. Make kebabs: Preheat grill and lightly oil rack.  Rinse scallops and pat dry; remove small, tough muscle from side of each.  Combine juice and chili sauce in a large shallow bowl.  Add scallops and marinate at room temperature, turning once, about 15 minutes. 
  3. Alternately thread scallops, pineapple and vegetables onto drained skewers; season with salt and pepper.  Grill over moderately high heat, turning occasionally, until golden brown and scallops are just cooked through, about 7 minutes.  Transfer to serving plates with noodle salad in bowls on side.  Garnish with lime wedges, if desired.

Read Full Post »

Serves 8

  • 1 loaf Italian bread (about 1 lb), cut into 1″ slices
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • 6 medium beefsteak tomatoes, cut into 1″ cubes
  • 1 seedless cucumber, quartered lengthwise ans sliced
  • 1/4 cup capers, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 tbsp red-wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups bocconcini (mozzarella balls)
  • 10 basil leaves
  1. Grill slices of bread on both sides until lightly toasted. 
  2. Rub each piece with a cloves of garlic slice in half.  Tear bread into bite-size pieces and set aside. 
  3. In a large bowl, combine tomatoes, cucumber, capers, red onion, vinegar, oil, salt and pepper.  Toss ingredients, set aside and let marinate at least an hour. 
  4. Stir bread gently into the tomato mixture, top with bocconcini and garlish with basil. 

Read Full Post »

Serves 4

  • 1 1/2 lbs chicken wings, tips removed
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 tuna steaks (6 oz each)
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp rice-wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup orange marmalade
  • 1 tsp chile paste or pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp ginger, grated or minced
  • zest of 1 orange (about 1 tbsp)
  • juice of 1/2 orange
  • 4 slices fresh pineapple
  • 4 slices mango
  • 1 cup pea shoots
  • 2 cups quick pickles (recipe follows)
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.  Cut each chicken wing into two pieces.  Rinse well and pat dry on paper towels.  Spray a baking pan with nonstick spray and arrange the wings on it.  Season with salt and pepper and bake until skin is crispy, 45-50 minutes, turning halfway through baking. 
  2. While wings are in oven, place tuna steaks in a glass dish and pour 1 tbsp oil and 1 tbsp each of rice-wine vinegar and soy sauce over them.  Turn to coat and marinate in refrigerator for 45 minutes. 
  3. Next, make a glaze by combing ketchup, honey, marmalade, 1/4 cup rice-wine vinegar, 1/2 cup soy sauce, chile paste, garlic, grated ginger, orange zest and fresh orange juice in a medium saucepan.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally until glaze is thickened, about 30 minutes.  Set aside. 
  4. When the wings are crispy, toss them in glaze (reserving 3 tbsp in pan) and remove with tongs to a foil-lined glass baking dish.  Reduce oven heat to 375°F.  Return wings to the oven for another 10-15 minutes, checking frequently to make sure they don’t burn. 
  5. Heat an outdoor grill and brush with oil.  Grill tuna, 2-3 minutes per side for rare, 4-5 minutes per side for medium.  Grill fruits 2-3 minutes.  Brush tuna with reserved glaze and arrange on each plate with the chicken wings, grilled fruit, pea shoots and chilled quick pickles. 

Quick Pickles

  • 1/2 cup rice-wine vinegar
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1 seedless or Kirby cucumber, thinly sliced
  1. Combine vinegar, sugar, and red pepper flakes in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.  Place cucumber slices in a medium bowl and pour boiling liquid over them.  Cool; chill for an hour before serving. 

Read Full Post »

Makes 4 servings

  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots, divided
  • 1/2 cup chive & onion cream cheese spread
  • 2 medium cucumbers, cut in half lengthwise, seeded
  1. Remove 2 tbsp of the carrots; set aside.  Mix remaining carrots with the cream cheese spread until well blended. 
  2. Spoon evenly into hollowed-out cucumbers. 
  3. Sprinkle with the reserved carrots.  Cut each cucumber half into five pieces to serve, if desired. 

Read Full Post »