But if that isn’t giving you the desired effect put the peeler away and move over to the knife drawer. Garnish with the mint sprig. ~ karen! 1. Add tonic water or make your own tonic water using the Sodastream. This is the one I have and I don’t like it. Kitchen looks great! Why wouldn’t you do this for yourself? WHY have I never thought of that myself? You can! Takes several hours though. Really classed up the cracker jars! Head this way for more sensational sipping. In the bottom of a mixing glass, muddle cucumber slices, lemon juice and simple syrup. The best gin & tonic for cooling off on a hot summer day, in our opinion, is this refreshing Hendrick’s cucumber gin & tonic. But they don’t sell anything like it anymore what with the zero safety features. I am sure I will be making many return trips for the food, fun tips and your “interesting” comments. Just because one is living alone doesn’t mean one has to slop their food onto a plate like they’re living in an 18th century jailhouse. I tried that overnight and the next day, when I removed the toothpick, the curls straightened. Tomatoes will be ready any second now and I harvested garlic last week. Thanks! © Yuppiechef Online (Pty) Ltd | Privacy Policy | Terms & Conditions, The beloved gin and tonic came about as a medicinal tonic in the 1700s. For smaller, or thinner cucumbers cut the cucumber into 3″ lengths. 1. Tonic water (we used the Sodastream and tonic syrup) The thinner, narrow slices should hold a curl better. They have stems or they’re stiff enough to have a good enough grip that they won’t slide out of your fingers while performing the very important SINGLE dip. Particularly, the kitchen drawers. Slice the end of your cucumber off straight with a knife or vegetable peeler. There’s something about the botanicals in Hendrick’s gin, which include rose petals and cucumber, that is just perfect for summer. The kind of slice they’d serve in that 18th century prison. Hey Barbie. Then slice your cucumber into thick, long sticks. It has to provide you with enough dip to satisfy the entire hunk of vegetable you’re dipping. Fill your glass with ice cubes. Then they go into ice water for them to set. Add 50ml of gin to your glass. Well thanks. Add sugar and vinegar, then put put a weight (eg: a saucer with a mug on it) for an hour. The best! Amazon probably! It’s kind of awful. Squeeze in 2 lemon wedges (about 5-10ml of lemon juice) into the glass. Hope you grew some dill in your garden. Another fun way to cut cucumbers is with a Scandanavian cheese slicer – the kind with a wooden handle that gives you very thin pieces of cheese. ~ karen! Wonderful work getting the paper thin cucumber mound for your salad plate. And I can admit that as a woman I compare mine to other women’s to see how I measure up. Most dipping vegetables come with a built in handle don’t they? Said move has – yet again – been postponed and the silly rural supermarkets are devoid of cukes this summer, for some strange reason. Karen scared the livin’ daylights out of me by doing the same thing on a chicken video, so I make sure to turn my volume down before hitting ‘Play’ on any of her videos. Super sharp metal loop made my finger look like an accordian! Please blog,I’ll follow.You’re nuts and your nuts are nuts. I loved the pickles I made with fresh dill and garlic. Well Jameison..now I have to go back up there and play the video again just to look at Karen’s boobs..You are a hoot honey..lol, great tip. Cucumber (use as desired) Ice. Clever! ;). Not to be a total “guy” and all, but can we please address how great your boobs look in this video?? Where ya been? I serve and prepare my food all pretty-like. 7. Don’t peel the cucumbers. Kim Severson, "Thursday Afternoon Cooking Club". Who are we trying to impress with these carrot curls??! 2 freshly cut lemon wedges (or 5-10ml lemon juice) Karen Bertelsen. I did indeed grow delicious dill down in the dirt. They are just gorgeous and so well made! We bought this house 27 years ago, with many contents. The Collins Boys, In Breezy Simplicity. Also a little less puerile by calling them boobs (but not so silly or dismissive as to call them boobies). Home » Tips » Cooking » How to Slice a Cucumber the Fun Way! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cEOlAsS0o8, http://makezine.com/craft/spiral-slicing-your-food/. PS Are they going to rescind my Women’s Studies minor over this whole boob to do?? Yeah. The very best! Place the Sodastream bottle, filled with cold water into the Sodastream machine and fizz until you achieve the required amount of carbonation. When I was a kid I used to grate cheddar cheese & snack on it slowly. This site warps me. lol. Instructions. I use them diced in salads frequently, and they need to be seeded first. Add 50ml of gin to your glass. It’s not my fault that I’m not looking into your eyes while you are talking; they were off camera! I guess one could marinate “pile -o- cukes”. Now that I have you intensely interested in new and exciting ways to use your vegetables I feel compelled to delve further into the world of cucumbers. My pickling cucumbers are starting to produce which means my english cucumbers will soon follow. I do like zucchini made into strings of pasta-ish looking stuff though! I don’t do this all the time for just myself but most of the time I do. Karen, I’m a Pampered Chef consultant and what you need is the Spiral & Slice – get the same job done without having to first use your apple corer and it’s a lot more fun, and I think faster too – here’s a video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cEOlAsS0o8. Cannot believe it has taken me so long to find it (coming from an OLD foodie). Life-changing. Like a whole bowlful. Look! My mothers antique mandolin that has zero safety features on the other hand works great. That sounds like way too much work. Stylistically speaking. I miss your longer tutorials. I hate cubed carrots but I love them shredded, sliced thin or even left whole. Cut some lemon wedges for flavour and garnishing. Special treat when you do videos! Then you have little demarcations on the outside of the cucumber skin. I may have to bring the sugar and flour out of the pantry and put them front and center in my kitchen! I’m just wondering if we should begin to worry about you. I know you know how to cut a cucumber – if you can read a blog you for sure can cut a cucumber – but here’s a fun way to spiral cut it to make your salad, cucumber and life a little more interesting. I have been looking for an old wooden one, almost seems impossible to find. I’ll take your safer version of a spiral cut cucumber any day, Karen Ü. The longer you can go without breaking the spiral, the more impressive your spiral pile will be. All Rights Reserved. It also does that with cucumbers and it works really quickly. G&Ts are known as highball cocktails and are traditionally enjoyed in a straight-sided glass, short or tall – whatever your preference. I am officially knee deep in cucumbers. Stir with the cucumber. ;). That’s what I learned from my mom. With a vegetable peeler. It is a digital cookbook and cooking guide alike, available on all platforms, that helps home cooks of every level discover, save and organize the world’s best recipes, while also helping them become better, more competent cooks. I’m looking for that “like” button, too. Seriously. So that first dip had better be epic. LOL! Thanks for the tip on curling since I think they taste better – how strange. Release the soda water bottle from the machine and add the indicated amount of tonic water to the soda water. ~ karen! :). I”m a bit frightened by the prospect of NO pasta so I may do a 4 layer lasagna with 2 mandolined zucchini layers and 2 pasta layers. And done without wrecking your nails. That’s hard to do with a flimsy slice or stick of cucumber. Nice! Loved the sneak peek of the kitchen!! Add gin, along with ice, and shake. I spy your kitchen… Im piecing it all together in my mind now. (couldn’t help myself Jamieson, I went back and checked). Interesting comments today. Just as well we are all so well-adjusted and halfway across the other side of the world. Set aside. This is the best reviewed mandolin on Amazon, TAKE THIS TEST TO SEE IF YOUR EGGS ARE FRESH (WITH COMMENTARY FROM BETTY.). but it’s just OK…….this would have been cheaper and less bulk in my cabinet. Now it’s my life MISSION to get you to do this. ~ karen! The skin gives the cucumber some strength to power through even the thickest dip. Ah well… your curly cukes look nice. But they are rustic & interesting. I shutter every time I relive that memory! It was supposed to be the absolute greatest mandolin in the world! I was so waiting for someone to comment on the boobs, because let’s face it, the camera was on them pretty much the whole time, other than when we saw your beautiful face at the beginning Karen. Zip around your cucumber with a vegetable peeler for a thinly sliced spiral pile of cucumber! I’m always the utmost professional. It’s cucumber season! The same way I show you here. There is this paring knife with attachments I could never figure out, but waited for enlightenment. I find that food can seem (and almost taste) quite different when cut or sliced in different ways. When they’re cubed (especially small) it’s like running into little surprise rocks in my salad which I find both jarring and unpleasant. Starting at the cut end, using your vegetable peeler, peel in circles while rotating the cucumber all the way around continuing until your spiral breaks or you get to the end of the cucumber. I enjoyed the face time today and a peek more of your kitchen ha ha ha or was that on purpose??? Now I must reinvent vegetable chopping as a form of entertainment. ~ karen! Guess I could go to Dayco or Hendrix – the two restaurant supply stores out this way.