Recipe Tag: cucumber

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SMOKED-CARROT & CUCUMBER BLINIS

I wanted these to be just like the smoked-salmon blini that people love, only all plant based. If you can, it is best to make the 'caviar' a few days in advance so the charcoal dissolves completely. If the pearls get too stuck together, pour over a little boiling water and separate with a fork.

NOTE This recipe will give you leftover chickpeas and smoked carrot. These are great additions to soups or fritters. I like to make a smoked carrot and chickpea chowder by frying up finely chopped onions, leek and celery, then adding the chopped smoked carrot and drained chickpeas along with some diced potato, sprigs of thyme, a tin of chopped tomatoes and some vegetable stock and simmer until the potatoes are cooked. Season with salt, pepper and some hot chilli sauce if liked.

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MINT & CUCUMBER SHARBAT

Sharbat syrups are very popular drinks in Iran. Often made with distilled water of herbs or flowers, one of my favourites was made with mint syrup and fresh grated cucumber with a hint of vinegar, like a shrub. Of course, these are alcohol-free but add a slug of gin or vodka if you are so inclined. These drinks are often served at room temperature in Iran, but I prefer mine with a little ice.

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SOY-GLAZED SALMON WITH SPICY SOUR CUCUMBER & SEAWEED SALSA

Cooling cucumber salad with a good amount of heat is one of my favourite things on hot summer days, especially if you can manage to chill it in the fridge for a couple of hours. Don’t worry if you don’t have time, as it is delicious as it is. There is always a jar of Lao Gan Ma chilli oil in my fridge and it’s perfect to use here.

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