Creativity comes from strange places sometimes.
We’ve hit a dry and very hot spell of weather. The temperature climbs and I want to jump into the freezer to get a short reminder of where I come from and why I love the south. I wanted to be rid of snow, ice, and horrible storms in winter… I dreamt of palm trees, a soft breeze and sun-kissed skin. Be careful what you wish for! Well, I do have a palm tree out front of the house. The wind is more like a giant hair dryer blowing hot air in my face. Turns out, my skin doesn’t appreciate the sun very much and burns without a tinsy bit of golden colour left after the throbbing pain subsides. I digress….
I made some cucumber yogurt stuff to go along with dinner one night, there’s still some left in the fridge begging to be eaten. “What do you go with?” I asked the bowl of cool cucumber dressed in red onion and yogurt. “Chicken and tortillas was fun!”, it eagerly replied. “We’re fresh out of those, sorry”, I said with a shrug. “Oh, I know! Try me with eggs!” At this point hunger had taken over and anything sounded good. I didn’t want to dig out a frozen chunk-o-fish and have to deal with thawing, flavouring, and cooking on such a hot day when all I wanted was a late lunch. But eggs? And cucumber? That just didn’t seem possible, “um, hard-boiled eggs… What did you think I meant lady?” “Hey, now you’re talkin’!”
To make the Eggcellent Summer Sandwiches, you will need (these are approximations):
3/4 cup finely diced cucumber
1/4 cup finely diced red onion
juice of half a key lime or tsp or so lemon
sea salt (to taste)
pepper (to taste)
2 -3 tbsp plain yogurt (drained) or greek yogurt
1 tbsp cilantro, finely chopped
1-2 tbsp light mayo
hard-boiled eggs (1 per sandwich), optional – leave out yolks for even lighter sandwich!
Adjust the amount of yogurt and mayo depending on the actual volume of eggs and cucumber, and how you like mayo on your sandwiches. I tend to go light with mayo on any sandwich, you can always add a little more later.
This was an unusual twist on the boring old egg salad sandwich. The tang from the yogurt mixed with the yolks since they sort of dissolve away when you mix all this up
There are more baby cucumbers growing outside in my garden which now have more hope of being devoured in a recipe like this.