English Cucumbers are green, long and thin, and marketed individually-wrapped in plastic.
The English Cucumber had a bit of difficulty understanding Mr. Goudas? Greek accented English and refused to speak to him until he improved his English.
Background Information: The English Cucumber is a member of the Squash family and apparently originated in India and introduced into Europe by the Greeks and Romans. We refer to it as a Vegetable however, it is a Fruit!
Cucumbers are classified into three (3) categories.
For Slicing: eaten fresh in its natural state, i.e., green and are long, smooth and uniform in colour.
Pickling enhances and prolongs the storage time (shelf life). These cucumbers, referred to as picklers, are shorter, may be curved with a bumpy, green/light green/pale yellow skin and are perfect for pickling by simply soaking in vinegar and brine, and they are then called Pickles.
Burpless: The English Cucumber is long and seedless with a thin edible skin. It is easier to digest and a pleasant taste.
Once you have acquired a taste for Cucumbers (cukes), and become addicted to the crunchiness of its bite, you will discover that they excellent addition to any meal. They may be eaten, fresh, pickled, added to soups, sauces.
Note: Lemon Juice, Mayonnaise and Mr. Goudas Sea Salt, Black Pepper Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Vinegar are ingredients you need to enhance the following Cucumber Recipe ideas.
Cucumbers as a side dish to a meal
Wash cucumber remove the tips. Slice thinly. Add a little Salt and Pepper (black or white), juice of a Lemon and a bit of Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
You may be creative and slice the Cucumber in cubes, triangles, cookie shapes or what ever suits your fancy.
Cucumber as an Appetizer, served with a Dip.
Prepare as above. Add toothpicks, Celery and Carrot Sticks and with your favourite Dip, or Sour Cream.
Cucumber Sandwiches (Toasted or Plain): a refreshing alternative on any day
Garnish two (2) slices of your favourite bread with Cucumber Slices. Add a dash of Salt and Pepper. (Mayonnaise and Butter is optional)
You may add a few pieces of Lettuce (Romaine, Green or Red Leaf).
Alternately, you may choose to have a Cucumber and Tomato Sandwich by adding a couple plump slices of Tomatoes (House or on the vine).
Cucumber Sandwiches (Toasted or Plain) with Cream Cheese
Be a little decadent and self-indulgent.
Spread a generous amount of Cream Cheese on slices of toast. Cut off the crust. Cut sandwich diagonally, or into four squares. Garnish with Cucumber Slices.
Enjoy with a long, cool glass of Iced Tea and ponder on why it is called an English Cucumber.
Hope you stay as cool as a Cucumber!
Cucumbers in general are a main part of the Greek Salad along with Onions, Feta Cheese, Tomatoes, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Oregano.
In addition, these Greeks love a particular Dip called Tzatziki.
Unfortunately, we cannot achieve the Recipe for Tzatziki due to the fact that Greece is in a state of happiness because at the EuroCup 2012 Soccer, they defeated Russia.
At this particular point in time, we are unable to speak to any Greeks about Tzatziki.
We persisted and found this lone elderly Greek lady who had no interest in Soccer and she was able to provide us with the following recipe suggestion for Tzatziki:
? cup Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive
2 to 4 Cloves Garlic
1 cup Greek Yogurt
1 cup Sour Cream
Dill, Salt, Pepper, Lemon Juice, Parsley, Peppermint Leaves.
Cut Garlic into fine pieces. Wash, peel, remove the seeds and dice the Cucumbers.
Combine Sour Cream, Yogurt, Cucumbers, Olive Oil, Dill, Salt, Pepper, Lemon Juice, Parsley, Peppermint Leaves. Mix well in a Blender until smooth and creamy.
Pour into a glass bowl.
And Voila. Your Tzaziki is ready to be consumed.
Basically, Dip any of your favourite foods and enjoy.
Just so, you know, Tzaziki is the sauce used in your Soulvaki wrapped in Pita Bread.
And remember this. The Arabians stole this recipe from the Greeks and after 500 years.
They are still fighting it out in court.
Please remember that the final outcome of your Tzaziki is totally dependent upon the quality of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, anything else but Mr. Goudas will jeopardize your creation.
The cucumber is a vegetable that belongs to the cucurbitaceous family, and which is known scientifically as Cucumis sativus. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3f0OT5m2jk