( The subject is a weak bit of humor which is supposed to remind you of that film, _There's Something About Mary_ ... )
At this point in my life, ( fifty something ), I've all of a sudden noticed that I can't get enough of cucumbers.
Pickles: ( the big eat-me kind ) they're a glorious refreshment on a hot summer's night... How did I ever forget these in my "youth"?
"Cucumber Sandwiches": I've been fascinated by this British allegation for years, and I've tried as best I can to recreate them, but it's been a tough slog. For one thing, I think it takes a very special bread... I live in Hollywood, CA, and we I don't have anything called a "bakery" here, at least not locally to me. If anyone can help me get closer to the "true" cucumber sandwich, then *please* share what you know.
Cucumber & Onion & vinegar & sugar & [???] "side dish salads": Recently, a restaurant called _Luv 2 Eat_ opened just one half block from my apartment. It is beyond a shadow of a doubt the most authentic Thai restaurant I've ever experienced. The Master Chef Lady was previously in charge of the kitchen of the Hilton in Beverly Hills or something... Anyway, if I order something like the Chicken Satay, I will also get a tiny little cup of cucumber salad, the ingredients being what I guessed above. Truth be told, I could eat cubic meters of this stuff if they sold it that way. Can anyone help??
Cucumber & Yogurt & & Lemon Juice & Dill ( & Raisins ) : This is what I'm working on now. I skin & slice the cuke.. In another bowl, I mix a *small* amount of yogurt, a heaping amount of lemon juice, tons of dill, and the only thing I've figgered out for myself to add to it, a bunch of chopped raisins. I would like to add something more. I though candied walnuts? candied pecans? But I can't even find either of those in the store... But one other thing-- I'm happy with the taste of it, but it doesn't "toss" well. I keep it a very watery salad, not the other kind I see on the web where it looks like I could plug leaks in my bathtub with it. But then the problem is that nothing mixes well-- the raisins always end up on the bottom of the bowl... So a fork doesn't work for the raisins, a spoon doesn't work for the cucumbers... Help ?!?