Our garden is putting out cucumbers daily.. and I found a few little recipes to do something more than 'slather in mayo'.. which is generally what I do with the first flush of produce, and it works well until there are just too many to eat that way.
Cucumber mayonnaise salad
Wash, peel and chop up cucumbers, you could salt them for a bit and then drain it later, but I usually don't when it is just for lunch the next day etc. Layer the cucumbers into a dish that can be covered with a lid. Take real (like Hellman's) mayonnaise and slather about a tablespoon and a half over the top surface of the container. Put on the lid and the mixture will become a salad overnight. Good with turkey on a sandwich, or beside curry rice.
But now I'm branching out a little and trying to preserve the cucumbers as a relish or pickle without going through all the trouble of canning a big batch. I've tried 'refrigerator pickles' before, and didn't really like them. So I'm leaning more towards the relishes.
Did a Japanese relish last night that is meant as a side dish to rice and vegetables.
Ccumber cut up fine, salted and let sit for 10 minutes, rinse and drain. Combine in a pint jar 2 tablespoons of white sugar, 4 tablespoons of rice vinegar and a little ginger. Add a cup to two cups of diced cucumber. Mix up by covering and shaking the jar until all is combined. Let sit overnight in the fridge - keep for up to a week I would think. These turned out sweet and sour, good beside some fish sticks and cantaloupe, but still very cucumber-tasting.
I'm going to try this one tomorrow - it is a bit more involved. I like the celery seed and turmeric in the recipe. Even the Japanese relish with different spices in it could be a really good way to use the cucumbers.
This is the base recipe I'm going to try:
Spruce Eats sweet relish
It requires the cucumbers to brine for 24 hours... which means not any progress until tomorrow night. I'll come back and update the post with what I _actually_ put together in my jars.. as I never actually follow the exact ingredients.
Mark says I need to get more pumpkin recipes, as we have a dozen pumpkins coming on the vines. I actually have a cookbook for that! I need to do more with the peppers, too - probably pick them and save a few for the relish but mostly bring them to work for a giveaway. They go over really well.
//In the meantime.
We have almost all of our school shopping done. Esme wants to tie dye some t-shirts so we bought a kit and some shirts. We got her shoes, and I have almost everythign washed and ready. A few school supplies are still coming in the mail, then we can put the binders together we are supposed to have. We went to the library again today and she exchanged her Warriors books for the next in the series. She has read four of them now, and the Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, which Mom insisted upon (because of the vet series Callie Vee, she read one of). She is also getting into The Sixty Eight Thorne Rooms.. which I tried to read to her but it lost the magic when you aren't right at the keyhole with it... trying to explain things, trying not to skip over but not take forever reading a paragraph - it is different than reading it yourself. We also stopped for ice cream with her certificate from the summer reading program. We're both playing with new mods from Minecraft - IndustrialCraft is the big one.