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Spicy – And Fancy! – Cucumber Salad

19 Sep

This is Jamie Oliver’s recipe as seen on his 30-minute meals show. It’s incredibly simple and pretty fun to make.  (How many salads can boast that?) It looks fantastic and would work really well if you need a salad dish to impress.

Serves 2-3.


1 English cucumber
2 cm piece of ginger, peeled and grated
1 tb soy sauce
1 ts sesame oil
1 lime
small handful of cilantro, chopped
1/2 fresh red chile, diced into small pieces (optional, but tasty)


1. Using a peeler, peel the cucumber lengthwise into ribbons. Stop when you reach the seeds as you do not want to use the core of the cucumber. Set aside in a medium bowl.
2. In a small bowl mix ginger, soy, lime juice, sesame oil and red chile.
3. Chop the cilantro and add it to the cucumber ribbons.
4. Dress the salad ONLY when you are ready to eat, as the thin cucumber slices will wilt and become soggy if it’s dressed too early.


Sunday Dinners: Pork Tenderloin-stylez

23 Aug

Now that the weather has cooled off some, I’m back in the kitchen more and more. Our kitchen is teensy so there’s nowhere for the heat from the oven or stove to go and heats up in a hurry. I am no fan of literally sweating over the food, but now that it’s a little cooler I’m back in action!

So last night’s dinner: sesame-crusted pork tenderloin with an Asian marinade, stir-fried broccoli and onions, an herb-buttered ciabatta and the famous cranberry, mango and pecan salad. I will definitely make this again and maybe cook the pork just a smidge less. It was still juicy and tender, but probably needed five minutes less in the oven.  The rule of 20 minutes per pound was right on point! I’ll be posting the recipes shortly…

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