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25 September 2007 @ 11:14 am
[Food] Green Base  
2 cucumbers, peeled and seeded
1 avocado, peeled and seeded
2Tb lemon juice (preservative)
Pinch NaCl (ok, salt)

Blend in blender until liquified.

Store it in the fridge in a handy sauce container, and use as needed.

This is a great green base for sauce or soup or even a salad dressing.

This week, I used it to make a Nutty Soup:
1-2c. Green Base
3Tb Almond Butter
1Tb Honey
Pinch Cayenne Pepper
Handful of Broccoli
-yum- Use low heat will also keep from cooking out and breaking down some of the essential fibers, and I find a low 2-3 for 1-2 minutes on my electric stove is plenty warm for my taste.

I haven't tried it yet, but I think it'll also make a great non-dairy base for a pasta sauce. Maybe add mushrooms, a bit of almond butter and honey to reduce the lemon/cucumber bite ...

If you try it, let me know what you make with it. I want ideas :)
Kburgunder on September 25th, 2007 06:20 pm (UTC)
The cookbook I stole this from (and then modified at my whim) said to seed the cucumbers.

Anyone know why?

Anyone know what I can do with a bunch of cucumber seeds, besides compost them?
Deirdreevillinn on September 25th, 2007 06:35 pm (UTC)
the seedy bits of cucumbers can add a lot of water to recipes, plus some people just don't like seeds.
With something like this it truly is just a matter of personal preference.

Diana: Stitch Drinkingartvixn on September 25th, 2007 06:42 pm (UTC)
I knew a cat who was crazy about them. Wouldn't eat the rest of the cucumber, just the seeds. Weird. Sorry, otherwise I have no idea.
Kburgunder on September 25th, 2007 06:47 pm (UTC)
Hee! I'll try them on Widget and see if she makes toothpaste face at me. ;>
Kburgunder on September 25th, 2007 06:22 pm (UTC)
What especially rocked about my nutty soup this week was that all of the produce was organic and locally grown. It let this über urbana city girl put her feet in the ground a teensy bit. It felt good.
Brendan Leberhollyking on September 25th, 2007 06:42 pm (UTC)
That sounds pretty tasty. I might have to give that a try. How long do you think the base would last in the fridge?

Also, do you have any good recipes for pumpkin? I like roasting the seeds but I need something to do with the meat. ;)
Kburgunder on September 25th, 2007 06:48 pm (UTC)
I wish I did! I'm still learning some of the basics in the kitchen. If I do run across anything between now and then (where then = the end of pumpkin season), though, I'll be sure to share.
interit: blueberrya_muse_d on September 25th, 2007 07:10 pm (UTC)
did you get my text message about the soapbox race this weekend?
Kburgunder on September 25th, 2007 11:11 pm (UTC)
Yep. I have an out-of-town guest and will be able to give you a for-sure answer by Friday. I'm still excited about the idea of it, so as long as I don't run into a scheduling program, that's the plan. 80% yes until Friday when I can confirm.
Varnvarn_ix on September 25th, 2007 09:18 pm (UTC)
Nutty soup invokes horrific memories of Austin Powers 2.

I do the same thing with avocado, but I leave out cucumbers entirely. I usually use it as bread spread. Also, blending is for wussies, I mash mine with a fork to keep it chunky.

I might try this version, it looks good.