Spring, how I love you. You are the most beautiful word in my dictionary.
Looking at these little jewels in my garden makes me happy. I keep mental notes of what makes me happy, so that I can do more of that. What makes you happy today?
Cucumber plants in my garden are going wild.
The ones in my garden are English cucumbers. They have little seeds and can grow up to two feet long.
I just harvested seven huge ones today!! I can hardly keep up with them.
After harvesting, keep cucumbers cool or it will be soggy. Either keep it refrigerated or keep it away from direct sunlight.
Cucumbers have tons of health benefits (reduce heartburn or sooth acid stomach, reduce heat and inflammation on skin, helps control cases of eczema, rich in minerals, etc).
Let’s see what we can do with cucumbers.
1. Eyes, eyes, baby.
Placing a cucumber slice over the eyes not only soothes them, but also reduces swelling.
2. Thirst quencher
Juice the cucumbers, add some lime, mint, ice, sugar. Try it!
3. Salad that goes with everything
These cucumbers are so juicy and crunchy that can be eaten without adding anything. If you want to try something new, add some white vinegar (I use Spectrum white vinegar) and some sugar to the sliced cucumbers. This is a great side dish that goes well with any western/eastern dishes. I love it!
Err… use cucumbers to massage your shoulders? Well, you would have to check with Karan on this one. I have no idea what he was trying to do.
If you have more ideas on using cucumbers, let me know. Happy summer!
A trip to farmer’s market makes me happy.
May 1st, we have our first farmer’s market in 2010.
What a lovely morning.
Every year, I buy my tomato plants and herbs (Italian parsley, basil, hot pepper, thyme) from Rolling Prairie Acres Farm. Their organic heirloom tomatoes are off the hook! For those who have tried heirloom tomatoes, you know that the store bought tomatoes are… how should I put it, “not tomatoes”!!!!
Fairfield is a small town, so its farmer’s market is relatively small. But everyone knows everyone. I love saying hello to my favorite vendors and for sure I’ll see some friends at the farmer’s market.
How about some snacks? This french lady has served up delicious crepes at farmer’s market for years.
Here’s a photo of me and my scores from farmer’s market. And of course, my eyes had to be closed in this only shot…