Friday, July 9, 2010

From the Garden and a Japanese Cucumber Salad

Summer has finally arrived, and I'm none too thrilled.  Yesterday, I took a look at the garden and discovered the squash needed water ASAP.  The peppers were wilting.  And it was HOT.  Nasty hot.  92F hot.  Yeah, I know you southerners laugh, but if you're not used to heat, it gets nasty.

I'm going to the Farmer's Market on Saturday and I was thinking how I should buy more green onions, but then, I remembered I have onions growing right here.  So, I picked a couple of onions and replaced them with a couple more of the onions from the onion sets so I could have my own green onions.  Yeah, it cost me nothing other than the cost of the sets, but I can keep replenishing my onions.  (The onion sets cost me about $2.35 for 50 bulbs.  It costs me $1-$2 to buy a bunch of green onions.  So, if I get my cooking green onions from the garden twice, I've made up the money I spent on the sets.  I can get 10 bunches of green onions per set, so I have saved $8 to $16 on green onions.  It's not a lot, but it's a cumulative thing.  If I don't have to buy quite as much food, then that is a savings.I also picked some oregano from the garden because I keep forgetting to do so and run out of the fresh stuff while I cook.

Today, I decided to make a cucumber salad with the leftover cucumbers from the Farmer's Market two weeks ago.  The type of salad is sunomono, which is a Japanese cucumber salad.  It's very good.  My recipe is a variation of sunomono that I adapted from one of my Japanese cookbooks.  Check it out.

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