After all the decadence over the weekend, I thought I’d balance things out a bit for my #DoodlewashDinner offering tonight and bring some cucumber salad. This is one of those foods that I absolutely love today, but would have never touched when I was a kid. I really didn’t like cucumber slices that hadn’t yet been made into pickles. A cucumber salad has pretty much the same ingredients you might use to make pickles, without the laborious prepping and wait. So, in a sense, it’s really just a plate of impatient pickles and now it’s become my perfect summer treat!
I do remember that the version of cucumber salad I had growing up had sugar in it, which I found gross. I also hated bread and butter pickles because I didn’t see the need to take something beautifully savory and salty and make it taste like a dessert. My dad’s side of the family is from the south and nearly everything was made sweet. Tea was transformed into “sweet tea” which was often concocted so syrupy it actually made my face hurt. This is probably not too surprising as Americans consume ridiculously more sugar than any other country in the world. I’ve completely gone on a tangent here, suffice it to say, I don’t want sugar on my vegetables.
And there’s really not much to tell about this little dish. It’s just one of those simple little things in life that I now love. Also, it’s one of the foods Philippe now makes regularly during the warmer months and it always reminds me of when he first came to stay from Paris. We were still figuring out how to make it all work and stay together, so nothing in our life was simple back then. Except that little bit of cucumber salad. Simple, to be sure, but filled with the cool hope that everything would soon work out just fine. And, of course, everything did.
You’re all invited to a Doodlewash Dinner Party during the month of May! Just tag your food or drink image #doodlewashdinner and I’ll feature you and your culinary creations in a delicious Doodlewash Gallery at the end of the month!
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