Monday, December 28, 2009


It is raining here in NSW and I couldn't be happier. It has rained for the last 4 days off and on. My garden is getting a much needed soaking. The kids have been playing happily inside with their Christmas presents. The weather is refreshing with a cool breeze each evening - a very welcome respite from the summer heat and humidity.

The vegetables in the raised garden are really taking off. Nothing beats a good down pour to get them growing.
I am picking loads of cucumbers at the moment.
We eat them with salads but I am always after new ways of using them.

So thought I would share some of my favourite things to make with cucumbers

Cucumber and cream cheese Mousse
1 large or 2 small cucumbers
275g cream cheese
2 tbs mint leaves
2 tsp white wine vinegar
2 1/2 tsp gelatine
150 ml vegetable stock
Ground pepper
Blend cucumbers, cream cheese, vinegar and mint in a blender until smooth.
Dissolve gelatine in a little of the stock over a low heat until dissolved.
Once cool stir in the remaining stock. Add this to the cream cheese mixture.
Season and blend.
Refrigerate for at least 2 hurs until set.
Serve with cucumber and crackers.
Tzazziki Dip
500g yoghurt cheese
1 large or 2 small cucumbers
2 cloves garlic
tsp salt
Make yoghurt cheese by placing the yoghurt in muslin and let it drain overnight or for a few hours. The whey will be drained off leaving a thicker yoghurt.
Blend cucumbers and squeeze out excess liquid.
Blend garlic and cucumbers with the yoghurt. Season with salt and refrigerate until ready to eat.
Anyone else got some delicious dips or ways of cooking with cucumbers?

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