Cool as a cucumber. English Cucumbers are usually sold wrapped in plastic to reduce water loss. Therefore, they are not waxed so they generally don't need to be peeled.
The time: August, 1974. The place: Seattle, Washington. The temp: hot! When I think of the peak of summer back then, I picture two things: a 30” light turquoise oscillating fan perched on our dining room floor…and crisp, cold marinated cucumbers. Truthfully, a “scorcher” in Seattle in those days (pre-global warming hype) was probably only about 85°. But I distinctly recall that those abnormally hot days were miserably unbearable. And when dad went to the trouble of resurrecting that turquoise fan out of the basement, it was officially a sizzler in Seattle.
Since it was too hot to cook in the kitchen, dad would barbecue chicken marinated
Serves 4-6 1 large English cucumber(approximately 1 pound)
4 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons sesame oil
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
Cut cucumber into ¼ inch slices. Place in a wide, shallow dish. In a small bowl, combine soy sauce, sesame oil and rice wine vinegar; pour over cucumber slices. Toss to coat evenly. Refrigerate for 1 hour, tossing 2-3 times. Serve chilled or room temperature.
THANKS FOR COMING BY THE KITCHEN. Who am I? I’m a firm believer that good times revolve around good food. I’m not a professional chef, nor have I ever had any culinary training. I’m simply passionate about entertaining, which equates to cooking for friends and family in my home. I live in Seattle with my husband and two children. When I’m not glued to the stove or setting the table, I also work as a freelance tv/video producer, writer and model. (For more indepth background, see my initial "Meet Banana Foster" posting on Nov. 9, listed under "Recent Posts.")
Have these basic ingredients on-hand to cook like a Dragon Lady (all available in the Asian section of most supermarkets).
1. soy sauce
2. oyster sauce
3. sesame oil
4. white rice (I use Niko Niko Calrose) or brown rice
5. corn starch
6. Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce (a must, if you like it spicy!)
7. black bean garlic sauce
8. white wine (You can buy a 4-pack of mini bottles in the wine aisle, or just use some chardonnay that you have open. Mom likes to add to meat marinades to eliminate the "meaty odor". However, it's not crucial.)