The running of the 139th Kentucky Derby is upon us, and just because we won’t be making the trek to Churchill Downs, there’s no reason we can’t adorn our heads with fabulous hats and stuff our bellies with cucumber tea sandwiches and mint juleps.
We did it. We survived the first week of the 2012 football season. RG3 made a lot of people in my parts remember why they ever signed on for Skins fandom. Peyton made me remember why I love him so, even in that terrible orange jersey.
And stomachs all across this great land cried out for Tums, and a week of rest.
With that thought in mind… on to the dip!
When you look at a cucumber, what do you think? Perfect for tea sandwiches? Great marinated with vinegar and dill? Over the eyes for depuffing? Something inappropriate for sharing on this site???
I look at a luscious summer cucumber and think, “Man, they’d be awesome mixed with gin and thrown into a soup.” Just me?
Step 1. Chop up a bunch of fresh veggies. Step 2. Throw everything in the food processor and blend. Step 3. Let in mellow for a few hours in the fridge. Step 4. Enjoy the fruits of your tiresome labor.
This would normally be the part where I tell you that I’m exaggerating, but this time, I’m totally not.
You’re hot. You’re sweating. And you’re starving. The last thing you want to do is to slave over a hot stove, no matter how good your AC is. Enter- the beauty that is a cold soup. One appliance, no heat. Besides the prep work, only one step… perfection.
While I’m calling out the avocado in the title, she is by no means the star. I think the beauty of this dish lies in the ensemble cast. Each player steps up, delivers, and returns to the line. It’s like a garden celebration in your mouth. Cucumbers, tomatoes and avocados mingle for earthiness, while the lemon, sour cream and Sriracha add brightness and heat.
Writing this post, I starting thinking that I only bring the polarizing food… pork, sweets, chocolate, comfort food, dairy, beer, fish and the like. Which brought me to another realization, there’s no such thing as polarizing food, yes, we all have opinions, likes and dislikes, but no matter what, there’s something out there, and on here, for everyone. Never let anyone tell you that mayonnaise sucks, or that tofu is nasty, if you like it, eat it, and if you don’t – let the others eat their cake!
I am now climbing off my soapbox to bring you super tasty burgers that are great for a quick lunch, or easy dinner. I couldn’t possibly pack these burgers with any more of my favorite flavors – goat cheese, sun dried tomatoes, basil, cilantro, lime… ahhh!
An odd thing happened when I sat down to write this post… I had no idea what to say. What do you say about one of the greatest taste experiences on the planet? Thank God for a world of flavors and cuisines, and thank God for the people who turn us onto them – pretty much all I came up with.
One of the funniest people I know also happens to be our work Bánh Mì fairy. The first time I enjoyed one of these simple sandwiches, I fell in love. Simple, beautiful flavors – salty, sweet, spicy, clean… amazing. Give me bread, meat and cilantro and I’m a happy girl.