Last week, versions of this recipe appeared twice in my Facebook feed from The Bitten Word and The Splendid Table, so I took it as a sign I needed to give it a try. Like most backyard gardeners, I have cucumbers coming out my ears this time of year. Luckily, my family (and coworkers — don’t get me started) love cucumbers, but after awhile, we tire of the usual preparation. I’m so glad that we tried this! I doubled the recipe for this dressing, used four regular (not English) cucumbers, and it was delicious.
Spicy Asian Cucumber Salad
inspired by Food Network Magazine, original recipe here
2 cucumbers, seeded and chopped
1 Tablespoon rice vinegar
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
1 garlic clove, minced
2 scallions, sliced
red pepper flakes, to taste
cilantro, if desired
Sprinkle cucumbers with one teaspoon kosher salt and let sit for ten minutes. Whisk together all other ingredients while cucumbers are sitting. Drain and rinse cucumbers. Add dressing. If using more than two cucumbers, double recipe.
Now, for the side of tears. Directions: Drop your first-born off at college. Come home. See his car in the driveway. See his favorite snacks on sale. See the dog waiting patiently for him by the door. See baby pictures on your screen saver. See his empty and abnormally clean room. Cry as needed. Repeat, repeat, repeat.
Not unexpectedly, it has been hard for us. We absolutely, positively would not want things any other way than this. He is exactly where he needs to be, and we are fortunate that we can provide him with the opportunity which he has worked so hard to earn. Everything is as it should be. And yet…
When people ask me how I feel, it’s not easy to articulate. But I keep going back to Shel Silverstein’s (surprisingly divisive) children’s book, The Giving Tree. If you haven’t read it, you should. I can still hear myself reading it to my son:
And the tree was happy…but not really.
I get it, Giving Tree. I feel ya, girl.
Hang in there Dawn! feel the same
I hear you! It’s a little easier the second year, but I still miss the full house.
Love it, Dawn. Surprised that you can use regular cucumbers with the skin on. I usually peel, but I bet it is so much better for you with skin on. I’ll have to try your version. Hope Logan is having “the time of his life!”
Oh Dawn, I love it!! You really caught the bittersweetness of “the launch.” I just love that picture! You and Ed should be so proud–you raised an outstanding young man.
Aw, it is so bittersweet. All I can say is, gchat or the equivalent turns out to be a great mothering from a distance tool:).
Thanks, Lisa! I can only imagine being on the opposite coast like you. It’s getting easier, but still hard. Thank God for technology!