Monday, April 18, 2011

My Favourite...

This is one of my favourite is also the one very first one I mastered at the tender age of 8 or so (is that right Mom??).
I remember so clearly standing in the kitchen, with my Mom on sunny Saturday mornings, helping to prepare dinner for the company we were expecting, taste-testing the dressing, letting her know when it was perfect. 

I have made this one so many times, I don't know if I have ever had to look at the recipe--but it did originally come from Food That Really Schmecks. (..I am sure that shocks you!  Obviously, my love affair with this cookbook, started about the same time as my love affair with this salad...).

Cucumber Salad 
1 English Cucumber
1 green onion, or a few chives

3/4 cup full fat sour cream
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp white vinegar

Using a mandolin slicer if you have one, or a steady hand with your knife if you don't, slice the cucumber very thinly.  Place in a bowl, adding a generous sprinkling of salt, swish the cucumber around to distribute the salt among the slices.  Let it stand for at least 15 minutes--longer is better, giving it another swish whenever you happen to pass by.
Squeeze the cucumbers between your fingers, using both hands and leaving the slices quite limp.
Combine the dressing ingredients adding more or less of the sugar and vinegar until it is "perfect".  Add cucumber and onion or chives, combine well.  Any leftovers are just as good the next day...

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