Tuesday, May 31, 2011

happy weekend + cucumber soup

Hope everyone had a great long Memorial Day weekend.  Aren't long weekends great?  What?  Oh, half of my weekends are normally 4 day weekends!  ha!  I have a 4 day a week work schedule so 3 days off wasn't long enough for me.  We enjoyed the time though.  Unfortunately our air conditioning was broken so we sweated through it while using any excuse to get out of the hot house.  Poor Cornelius just suffered through it.  His poor nose got so pink.  I finally got it back up and running Monday afternoon.  Sweet blissful A/C.

Here's some highlights from recent days:

excellent fun at a wedding photobooth

thanks for the wisdom yogi tea

nom nom nom
To start the happy weekend we ate at our favorite burger place.  OnlyBurger.  Its run by the same folks who did our wedding catering and we cannot sing their praises enough.  They are totally awesome!  OnlyBurger started as a food truck and is the coolest!  They (practically) won The Food Network's food truck contest and would have made it on season 2 of "The Great Food Truck Race".  They now also have a 'brick and mortar' shop which we love to go munch at.  This was a lapse in our vegetarian diet.  We'll do that for Durham Catering and OnlyBurger.

Since we were dying of no a/c-itis back at our place we Tony decided to whip up a batch of cool cucumber soup.  It was just the refreshing nutritious lunch we needed.

Cucumber Coconut soup

1can (~2cups) coconut milk
1cup chicken or vegetable stock
¼ cup scallions, sliced

3 TBSP fish sauce (use soy sauce if you don’t like fish sauce)
2 TBSP rice vinegar
¼ tsp cayenne (or 1 small seeded and diced hot pepper if you like more heat)
1 tsp sugar
2 medium cucumbers, peeled, seeded, thinly sliced

1 cup cilantro- coarsely chopped

Combine coconut milk, stock and scallions, chill in fridge
~1 hour or so before you want to eat, mix fish sauce, vinegar, pepper, and sugar. Add cucumber slices and marinate in fridge for ~20 minutes. Then add to milk/stock mix. Refrigerate another 20 or so minutes to let flavors blend.  Add cilantro and serve.

(cool soup photo unavailable at this time - check back soon! here it is!)


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