Sunday, August 9, 2009

30 and counting.....Armenian cucumbers?

Sunday should include:

1. reading in bed.
2. coffee. even if you're trying to give it up. even if you only get it from 711.
3. cleaning of some sort. (today it was the inside of my car.)
4. Garrison Keillor and A Prairie Home Companion
5. This American Life, either online while you clean, or in the car on the way to someplace you really want to go. Sundays are not for obligatory errands.
6. A trip to the farmers market. (I go to Atwater Village.)

Usually I am accompanied on #6 by my sister and our dear friend Erica. Today, both my girls were busy so I was flying solo and feeling a little adventurous. Which is how I ended up with 3 large Armenian Cucumbers for $2.00. If you've ever read The BFG by Roald Dahl, Armenian Cucumbers look like Snozzcumbers minus the big black stripes. (The Big Friendly Giant is a vegetarian, too.) The second I got the ginormous pale green vegetables into my eco-friendly bag, I knew just what I would make: Cucumber Walnut Soup. Now, I have never eaten cucumber soup, much less made it, but divine inspiration (thank you Top Chef Masters!) took over and this is what I came up with:

2 large Armenian Cucumbers
1/2 cup raw walnuts, ground into meal in the food processor
2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp coriander
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (I also added about a tablespoon more at the end to finish the soup)
1/4-1/2 cup fresh squeezed lime juice (starting with 1/4 cup, add to taste. limes are funny and can sometimes be super potent, so go slowly)
approximately 1 cup water
1 tsp salt (plus more to taste)
fresh ground black pepper

Wash cucumbers, remove both ends as you would with a regular cucumber. Slice longways and remove seeds and pulp using a spoon. Chop the cucumbers into medium-sized chunks. Put all ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth. I garnished it with a papalo leaf, which completely made the whole thing come together. (cilantro would work in papalo's place if need be) I think it's best served chilled.

As Mr. Keillor says, "Be well, do good work, and keep in touch."


Becca said...

I love this post. And I love the Cucumber Walnut Soup. I'm fortunate enough to live with this culinary master!!

Erica said...

This is why I go to the Farmers Market with you. I see vegetables. You see possibilities.