i spent a few hours this morning in the garden.
it was raining a tiny bit, completely peaceful.
we have so many cucumbers. it seems every single meal includes cucumbers.
every single meal will now include cucumbers and tomatoes.
i've not always loved cucumbers.
i am fond of them in certain ways:
in cocktails. (pims. oh pims. one sad wedding when i drank only pims...)
in vietnamese food.
in plain old vinegar with crunchy salt.
-but these days, i need be creative.
tonight we did some satay chicken.
i marinated the chicken (2 breasts) for the afternoon in:
1/2 cup dark soy sauce
i knob ginger, grated
4 cloves garlic
2 red bird eye chilies
1/2 cup canola oil
1/3 cup rice vinegar
here it is cooking away
and simon regularly put some lime juice on it.
as sides, we had:
a lovely tomato salad.
i think at first simon questioned my mix, then he really enjoyed...
about 1 1/2 cups tomatoes (from our garden, so exciting!!!)
3 big basil leaves
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
2 cloves garlic
juice of 1/2 lime
1 bird's eye chili, no seeds
and also a very simple cucumber salad...
simon peeled 3 lebanase cucumbers, 2 heaping tablespoons high fat content yoghurt, 8 big leaves mint, 1/2 lemon,juiced, 2 cloves garlic, salt.
and i ate the skewers with peanut sauce. i like peanut sauce.
i made a whole jar, stay tuned for rice wraps - i'm sure i will be tempted soon.