This recipe is fantastic. I happened to have some really good ingredients for it, which helps, since this is basically a simple, easy recipe for a hot summer day. You can pretty much always trust Mark Bittman to keep it simple, classy and delicious. Get it on the NY Times here.
- 2 medium cucumbers
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons rice-wine orwhite-wine vinegar
- 1 small chili, stemmed, seededand minced, or 1/4 teaspoon cayenne,or to taste
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 3 cups chicken stock, chilled
- ½ cup minced scallions, both white and green parts
- 1 cup chopped watercress or arugula (optional)
- 1 cup roughly chopped cilantro, mint, Thai basil or a combination.
- Peel cucumbers, then cut them in half lengthwise. Scoop out seeds. Slice cucumbers as thinly as possible (a mandoline is ideal for this). Mix them in a large bowl with soy sauce, vinegar, chili and sugar, then refrigerate for about 20 minutes.
- Add stock, scallions, watercress or arugula if you like, and stir. Taste, and adjust seasoning. Just before serving, garnish with herb or herbs of your choice.
Et voila! You’re done!! Want to make it veggie? Use vegetable stock! Want to make it vegan? Use shoyu or aminos, agave or honey and 3 cups vegan chik’n stock, chilled (Edward & Sons Not-Chick’n Bouillon) Is that stuff raw? I don’t know. But dang this is yum.
So, I mentioned that I hadn’t stuck completely raw this past week; here is something delicious that I made. It was quick, easy, healthy and utilized the entire veggie, which I really like. Also the turnip made the dish; the crunchy sweetness really changed it up and made the dish surprising and lovely.
This recipe comes from the NY Times Cooking Section! Get the original here.
- 10 ounces firm tofu , drained and cut in chunks
- 1 bunch baby turnips, with greens (about 1 pound total)
- 1 to 2 tablespoons soy sauce (to taste)
- 1 tablespoon Chinese cooking sherry (Shaoxing rice wine) or dry sherry
- ¼ cup chicken stock, vegetable stock or water
- 1 teaspoon honey or agave nectar
- 2 tablespoons peanut, canola, rice bran, sunflower or grape seed oil
- Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon minced ginger
- 1 bunch spring onions or 2 to 3 bunches scallions, sliced, white and light green parts only, sliced (about 1 1/4 cups)
- ½ cup coarsely chopped cilantro
- 1 bunch chopped brassica flowers (optional…I just had them from my csa share)
- 1 tbls. sriracha (optional but highly recommended)
- Drain and dry tofu slices on paper towels. In a small bowl or measuring cup combine soy sauce, rice wine or sherry, stock or water, and honey or agave nectar. Have all ingredients within arm’s length of your wok.
- Cut away greens from baby turnips. Scrub turnips and if very small, cut in half; if larger than a Ping-Pong ball, quarter. Stem greens, wash leaves in 2 changes of water and chop coarsely. Set aside near your wok.
- Heat a 14-inch flat-bottomed wok over high heat until a drop of water evaporates within a second or two when added to the pan. Swirl in 1 tablespoon of the oil by adding it to the sides of the pan and swirling the pan, then add tofu and stir-fry until lightly colored, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove to a plate.
- Swirl in remaining oil, add garlic and ginger and stir-fry for no more than 10 seconds. Add onions and stir-fry for 1 minute. Add turnips and stir-fry for another minute or 2, then add salt and pepper, toss together and add soy sauce mixture. Add greens and stir-fry for 1 to 2 minutes, until vegetables are crisp-tender.
- Return tofu to the wok along with the cilantro and brassica flowers. Stir-fry for 1 minute and remove from heat. Add sriracha and mix. Serve with hot grains or noodles.
Such an interesting and unusual way to use turnips, and they taste terrific in this.