Here are 6 cucumber recipes that I have recently made. I’ve been on a cucumber kick lately. I love cucumbers because they are a great source of water and fiber. They help keep you hydrated in the hot weather. Plus, they are a healthy and tasty vegetable. These recipes are delicious and highly recommended.
1. A tomato and cucumber salad with fleur de sel from My Kitchen Antics. I really enjoyed the clean freshness of the salad, the bit of tang from the lime and saltiness from the fleur de sel.
photo used with permission of My Kitchen Antics
2. A refreshing spa water made of cucumbers, lemon and mint from Food Folks and Fun will keep you cool and help you detox from too much ice cream!
photo used with permission of Food Folks and Fun
3. Scandinavian cucumber salads, one sweet and sour and one with dill from Outside Oslo. Sweet-and-sour cucumber salad is one of my favorite cucumber salads, so I really enjoyed this one.
photo used with permission of Outside Oslo
4. Sweet and spicy cucumber salad from A Teaspoon of Happiness adds a bit of heat to the usual cool cucumber salad, and I liked the change.
photo used with permission of A Teaspoon of Happiness
5. Classic cucumber salad with sour cream from Cookistry. This is one of my favorite cucumber salads.
photo used with permission of Cookistry
6. Cucumber salad with yogurt and mint from the Baker Chick. I really liked this salad. I adjusted it a bit and added more of all the ingredients and used zero-fat yogurt, but I didn’t use garlic at all. This is refreshing, and that amount of sour cream is just enough to make it creamy.
photo used with permission of the Baker Chick
Outside Oslo is a very cool food blog by an American of Norwegian heritage, Daytona Strong. The blog features traditional recipes like her great-grandma’s waffles, recipes for holidays like this cake for Norwegian Constitution Day (Syttende Mai, or May 7) or seasonal recipes like rhubarb soup for spring, as well as anecdotes and stories. I’d like to try this Scandinavian Potato, Egg, and Dill Salad for a summer barbecue.
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This weekend, the Swedish Seamen’s Church and the Norwegian Seamen’s Church in Manhattan are holding their annual Christmas fairs. I hit the Norwegian fair first. This one’s a little off the beaten path on E. 52nd Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues.
Have some glogg, available in the foyer, as you watch the train.
In the main room, there are knitted goods, Christmas decorations, Scandinavian food, baked goods, raffles and a cafe with open-faced sandwiches.
raffle at Norwegian Seamen’s Christmas fair
There were many cookies to choose from, including pepparkakor and krumkake.
I bought almond tea cakes that are quite yummy.
almond tea cakes
The Swedish Seamen’s Church is in the heart of the city, on E. 48th Street near Fifth Avenue. The space was a little smaller here, so it seemed more crowded. They also had Christmas decorations and baked goods. If you’re looking for more Scandinavian food items, the Norwegian church is the better bet. Here, there were baked goods, including cardamom buns, limpa bread, finskar pinnar and more. I got cinnamon buns.
If you want to catch one of the fairs, or both, they go through Sunday evening.
There’s more to Swedish candy than Swedish fish (though I’m a big fan of these). At Sockerbit‘s West Village location, I got a bag of Swedish sweets: Swedish berries both tart and sweet and some coated with sugar, vanilla and strawberry marshmallows (some in mushroom shapes), pony-shaped gummies, strawberry lollipops that promise never-ending flavor and yogurt-covered coconut. Licorice is popular here, but I’m not a fan so I stuck to what I like best. (For fans, the licorice comes in sweet and salty varieties.)
Verdict: Love the slight tartness of the flat Swedish berries, my favorite of the sampling. The yogurt-covered coconut was another fave. All were fresh and chewy.