My Favorite Vegetable

Day 7 #WorldWatercolorGroup My Favorite Vegetable Cucumbers in Summer

Since vegetables are pretty much all I eat, I couldn’t really decide on a true favorite. In the end, I just went with one of my favorites I enjoy more in the hot summer months and did a quick doodlewash of a sliced cucumber for today.  The phrase “cool as cucumber” comes from the this little vegetable’s unique ability to cool the temperature of your blood.  This little trick also works topically which is why you often see cucumber slices slapped on the faces of people getting a facial. I’ve never tried putting food on my face, but I do love a salad of thinly sliced cucumber in the hotter months. As a kid, though, I would only tolerate them once they’d been transformed into pickles.

I don’t have much time today to ramble on about whatever comes out when I type. It’s been a lovely weekend and I hope each of you are enjoying the same. I’m enjoying a glass of wine right now and feeling relaxed. In all the fabulous festivities of World Watercolor Month and the subsequent formation of World Watercolor Group things have been rather busy lately. So, I’m going to take a little break this evening and keep this post short. For all my WordPress friends, I’ll be back to see what fabulous things you’ve posted, but I’m taking a little break this weekend. Thanks to all of you fabulous people who’ve made blogging a truly special thing. I really can’t thank you enough for your love and support. And above all else, thanks for inspiring me. I don’t think I could doodlewash daily if it weren’t for your fabulous art that you post. Just knowing you’re out there making beautiful things each day makes me feel… well… cool as a cucumber.

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41 Comments
  1. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 1 year ago

    Cucumbers are great in ice water.

    Enjoy the rest of the weekend – and the upcoming week.

  2. Jacob 1 year ago

    You always appear cool as a cucumber Charlie – in fact I’d say you’re far cooler! Lovely doodlewash of the thing. Be sure to make the most of your little break!

    • Author

      Thanks so much, Jacob! 😃 hehe…just s mini break over the weekend. Well, my version anyway, as I’m hear commenting still. Lol Hope you had a “cool” weekend my friend!

      • Jacob 1 year ago

        I did, thanks! Well, however brief the break was, I hope it was enough for you to let off some steam!

  3. Jodi 1 year ago

    Enjoy your wine and your evening! you deserve it. I love your doodlewash, and I love cukes! Especially this time of year when I can pick them right off the vine in my own yard! They are so sweet and wonderful! But…… You had me concerned with your first sentence. Vegetables are pretty much all you eat…. Really? Although I would admire that – you are missing out on so many yummy things!!! 🙂

    • Author

      Thanks, Jodi! 😃💕Oh my gosh! You have them in your yard?! I’m so jealous! Thanks awesome! And yeah, we rarely eat meat. Not fully vegetarian. Just only get meat from a local butcher who only gets farm-raised (P wants to know the animals were treated well) and don’t always make it there each week. Hehe 😊

  4. Curious to the Max 1 year ago

    “. . . vegetables are pretty much all I eat” — Charlie ‘O have you seen a psychotherapist!!!!!!!!!!!!!???

  5. Carol 1 year ago

    Enjoy some relaxation with your wine. It has been a great weekend, and I want to thank you for inspiring so many and making this world a better, kinder place, Charlie! 🍷😉💖

    • Author

      Awww what a sweet and wonderful thing to say! 😊💕Thanks so much, Carol! I’m glad you have a wonderful weekend as well my friend!

  6. Arvind 1 year ago

    I love the drawing, and how you got all the twists and turns and textures. I once had a ‘pakora’ once- was really good. This vegetable can go way beyond a salad or a cool drink.

    • Author

      Thanks so much, Arvind! 😃Glad you liked this! And pakora…that’s the Indian fried treat, right? Delicious!

      • Arvind 1 year ago

        Yes, iis like those onion rings but only with cucumbers, surprisingly good

  7. Jill Kuhn 1 year ago

    Cool cuccs Charlie! 😉 Cheers to a relaxing weekend! 🍷😄💕🎨

  8. You are always a cool cucumber Charlie…. Now go and chill with that wine, relax, and UNCOIL hehe I love the spiralized gadget on fruit and veg, great painting ❤️

  9. Margriet Bierens 1 year ago

    It’s a miracle how you transform every ordinary “thing” in a special one Charlie and so I can see through your eyes how special everything is on earth!
    Thank you for this!

  10. Beautywhizz 1 year ago

    That is cool! Enjoy your break.

  11. Thanks for the inspiration and I’m glad about the meat you are buying. I think we all need meat but factory farmed meat is horrible for everyone with the GMO feed and the animals living in their own filth. Good on you, Charlie! Well done. And beautiful painting, as always. Glad you had a nice weekend break. You deserve it!

    • Author

      Thanks so much, Laura! 😃💕 Yeah… definitely always good to know when your meat is coming from. It makes it harder to get though, so that’s why we end up not bothering with it at all! 😊hehe Glad you liked this… and thanks… it was a lovely weekend break!!

  12. Arsty Birdy 1 year ago

    Very nice!

  13. graham mcquade 1 year ago

    Great dynamism in the illustration.

  14. Jennifer McLean 1 year ago

    I totally didn’t know that about cucumbers! I agree though Charlie, one of my faves any time of the year. Here’s a simple recipe that harkens back to Anna Kerinina. Get a good hearty bread like a pumpernickel (that’s what she used) then add good butter. Slice some cucumber and drizzle with honey. What I do to modernize it (especially since I have to be gluten free and if you knew anything about GF bread you’d know it only tastes good toasted, lol) Toast a bagel, butter then add a small amount of a good mayo like Hellmann’s Lite. Drizzle generously with honey then liberally layer with thick cut cucumber, add S&P to taste. Holy cucumber it’s GOOD!! Have a great week Charlie!

    • Author

      Oh wow!! That sounds really interesting! And delicious! Hmmm…definitely have to give that s try at some point! Thanks, Jennifer!! 😃💕Hope you have a great week as well!

  15. blogturtle 1 year ago

    cucumbers rock. i add them to my asian summer rolls. so refreshing. nice doodle, charlie!

  16. logansveg 1 year ago

    all of a sudden i want some cool crunchy cucumbers . Ive tried to grow some, but i only seem to have one ( very ugly ) at the moment ! i do how ever have an abundance of zucchini if you had any recipies id be forever greatful. I have a lovely none for soup over on my blog if yo would like to take a look, ( my blog is very new so not much there yet )

    • Author

      Awww thanks so much! I’m more of a sketcher than a cook, though, so I don’t have any recipes! 😊 But zucchini is delicious! hehe And I’ll hop over and check out your blog!

      • logansveg 1 year ago

        I’ll keep an eye out for your sketches 😀 Yeah I love it to. But I didn’t realise how fast it would grow I’m picking at least 30 fruits a week it’s way to many! 😀 cool thanks x

  17. logansveg 1 year ago

    on another note have you painted the pic at the top ? its great i paint in acrylics but love your water colour cucumber 😉

    • Author

      I paint everything on the site unless it’s a Review or marked a Guest Doodlewash. Glad you liked this! 😃

      • logansveg 1 year ago

        Loved it 💙 i paint so I appreciate it lol

  18. thelostmango 11 months ago

    OMG! I love cucumbers too! Have you tried eating it with just a little bit of vinegar, sugar and pepper? I know it sounds really weird but it’s really good! XOXO https://thelostmango.wordpress.com

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