July 10, 2009



cucumber plants

I’m not a natural gardener. I don’t know why; it’s in my genes. I just don’t have much natural talent for gardening. That doesn’t mean, of course, that I can’t learn and improve, so it is something I’m working on. Last year we did a little bit of container gardening. This year we branched out and planted a small garden with 7 cucumber plants, two tomato plants, one zucchini, and one bell pepper plant.  It turns out that this was a good year to plant a garden because we’ve had LOTS of rain. As you can see in the picture above, my cucumber plants are doing quite well.

We are now harvesting large burpless cucumbers daily. Tcucumbershis picture shows a small sample of what we’ve gotten so far.  They look a bit yellow in the picture, but really those parts are white. I’m not sure if it’s this variety or if there is another reason they are pale. They have all tasted good. If you have any tips for me, please leave a comment.

We’ve given away a few, and today I’m sending some to work with my husband for him to give away.  We just can’t eat them all. We enjoy cucumber on salads, but my favorite way to eat them (and I’ve passed this on to at least one of my kids) is on a cucumber and peanut butter sandwich.  My parents introduced me to this sandwich and it was always one of my favorite lunches to take to school. It may sound strange to some of you, but it’s not too different than eating celery and peanut butter.

Making the sandwich is quite simple. First you spread peanut butter on both slices of bread. Then you slice a cucumber and layer the slices on one piece of bread. Put the other piece of bread on top and you’re done.

cucumber sandwich 2

cucumber sandwich 1






In case you’re wondering about the bread, I made this from Pamela’s gluten free bread mix. It’s my favorite sandwich bread.

Yesterday, I ran out of bread and was looking for ways to use the cucumbers. I came across this cucumber recipe file, and saw a recipe for cucumber lemonade. That sounded strange but appealing!  I tried it and really liked it. Here is my version of the recipe.

Cucumber Lemonade

Ingredientscucumber lemonade


Put the cucumber and about 1 1/2 cups of water in a blender. Blend until pureed well. Strain the liquid into a pitcher and discard the pulp. Add the sugar and about 1 cup water to the blender. Blend thoroughly to dissolve the sugar. Add to the pitcher. Juice the lemons and add the juice to the pitcher. Add enough water to make 8 cups of liquid. Stir and serve over ice.

The theme of today’s Friday Foodie Fix is…..cucumbers! That worked out perfectly for me. Visit The W.H.O.L.E. Gang for more cucumber ideas.


Oh, your bread looks so good! I'll have to try it. I miss cucumber sandwiches.

Cucumber lemonade, what an interesting idea. How wonderful you are getting produce from your garden.
Linda This looks so good! Thank-u foe sharing. Hope you have a great weekend! Blessings, Faye
I'm now going to have to try a peanut butter cucumber sandwich. Thanks for the fun idea!
WOW! Your bread looks amazing! Do you bake it in the oven or bread maker? I'm going to try a cuke & PB sandwich this weekend. I always liked PB, mayo and lettuce. :)
Jill, I use the bread maker, but there are instructions for both on the package. You can order it from Amazon. It's a nice soft bread.
I made my mother in law's Sweet & Sour Pork last night for dinner and I thought it might be a good idea to send it to you since it uses tomatoes and cucumbers, and then I read your post about your abundance of cukes!! Do you think you would like it? It involves the following: canned pineapple and juice, ginger, brown sugar, cukes, tomatoes, brown sugar, vinegar, and cornstarch..It's very good. (Joan, my mother-in-law gave me the recipe, but then confesses that she usually just makes the sauce and has it over leftover chicken or pork with rice!) By the way, I am Kay Guest, one of the winners of the cookbook and I WILL let you know as soon as I receive it!)
Kay, Thanks for thinking of me! It sounds delicious to me, but it's not something my family would eat. If you don't mind emailing the recipe, I might try a small batch. If nothing else, I can eat it for lunch. We're not pork eaters, but serving it with chicken and rice sounds great.
I've never heard of cucumber and peanut butter sandwiches. I'm going to have to give it a try. I love both so why not. I'll most likely eat it for breakfast tomorrow. Thank you for sharing this on Friday Foodie Fix!
Wow cucumber lemonade. I never imagine cucumbers to be useful outside of salads, but that's really intriuging!

Thanks for the interesting recipe!
I love the idea of cucumber lemonade - how unique! I am definitely going to have to give that a try
I love cukes! I've never had them in a sandwich or as lemonade...I'll have to try that.
We used to eat cucumber sandwiches back in our "poor" days before marriage. Just cukes and a little mayo, salt, and bread. Both of our families had lots of cukes to give us. ;-)

Will definitely try your peanut butter version though! :-) And, I like the lemonade idea ... it just makes sense, since cukes are so refreshing.


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