Perhaps my love for cucumbers was rekindled by a scene of the famous Oscar Wilde play, The Importance of Being Earnest. What could depict a perfect summer tea better than cucumber sandwiches?!

Then I saw the SupermarketWars (a parody of theStarWars). In the fateful scene, Darth Tater tells Cuke Skywalker, “Cuke, I am your father.” I still chuckle recalling the scene when Cuke answers, “That’s impossible!”

Anyway, I LOVE cucumbers. 

Part.1:  Lightly Pickled Cucumber slices

  • 2 Cucumbers or 1 long English variety
  • Kelp powder stock
  • SeaSalt – to taste
  1. 2 cucumbers, partially pealed if homegrown or organic, but completely peal them if they’re conventional.
  2. Slice them thinly (about 5mm thick) 
  3. Place a layer of cuke slices in a glass container (or a dish, you can put inside of a reusable ziplock bag).
  4. Sprinkle some kelp powder stock, and repeat until all the slices are used.
  5. Keep the lidded container in the fridge overnight. 
  6. Gently mix the cuke slices with hand.
  7. SeaSalt to taste. 
  8. You can eat them as they are, but to make it disgustingly healthy, set them aside for Cucumber and Wakame seaweed salad.

Part.2: Cucumber and Wakame Seaweed salad

  • 1 cup of lightly pickled cucumber slices
  • 1/3 cup of dried pre-cut Wakame seaweed
  • Filtered water
  • 3 heaping Tablespoons toasted (black) sesame seeds
  • 2 Tablespoons agave
  • 2 Tablespoons soySauce or tamari 
  • 2 Tablespoons rice vinegar 
  • 1 Tablespoon cooking sake
  1. Rehydrate the seaweed in cold filtered water. (Tap is ok, I don’t recommend bottled water.)
  2. Soak the seaweed until they’re all seaweedy again.
  3. Drain the water, & squeeze as much water out as possible (otherwise it will dilute the vinegarette).
  4. Crush 3 tablespoons of roasted sesame seeds
  5. Combine 2 tablespoons each of Agave, soySauce (or Tamari), riceVinegar, and 1 tablespoon of cooking sake.
  6. Mix the crushed sesame seeds into the vinegarette. Please adjust the taste to your liking.
  7. Add lightly pickled cuke slices and well-drained Wakame seaweed, and gently mix.
  8. Serve as a cool side dish, and enjoy eating!

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