I get a biweekly produce delivery to encourage us to eat more fruits and vegetables, and so I can avoid a separate trip to Whole Foods to buy the organic stuff, since Trader Joe's produce section is not very predictable. (Though I just discovered they have bagged cut kale - OMG, it's like a Paleo dream come true.)
This week I got some cucumbers. I found a neat-looking recipe for 'agua fresca' in my Bon Appetit fast, easy fresh cookbook. It's sort of a Mexican limeade primarily made from cucumbers. Since fancy spas are always putting cucumber slices in water, I figured it would probably be nice and refreshing. So last night I blended up the peeled and seeded cucumbers, lime juice, sugar, salt and water.
I was also supposed to put ice in it to make it slushy, but our ice maker was off, so we didn't have any. I figured I could serve it over ice later, or reblend as needed with ice.
But ewwww. Upon blending, the mixture was a not-unexpected bright green, with all that cucumber goo. It tasted ok, but I just couldn't get past the texture. I'm a "no pulp" girl when it comes to orange juice. I dislike unfiltered juice. I hate bubble tea, because drinks are not supposed to have chunks in them. So this cucumber agua fresca? No bueno.
|do not make this agua fresca at home, for it is BAD.|
I figured I'd try filtering out the cucumber pulp, which made it only a little better. Some of it still managed to escape into the juice, enough to bother me texture-wise. Oddly, the dogs ate up the filtered-out pulp like it was a special treat. Who knew? Also, Peanut loves raw cucumber. So I guess all was not lost.
I put the filtered agua fresca in the fridge, and it turns out T LOVES it. She drank an entire cup of it today. So maybe the problem is just me. But when I look at that bright green, I just can't bring myself to drink it. Maybe I can convince her to drink the rest. TJ won't go anywhere near it.
And if that weren't sad enough, our big biscuit adventure today fell flat as well. I wanted to bake something savory for T's daily dose of baked milk, so I chose cornmeal-carrot biscuits from my Pillsbury Essential Baking cookbook. We skipped the raisins and added 0.25c flaxseed, since you know how I love my flaxseed. But that might have been a mistake.
The first challenge was "cutting" the butter into the dry ingredients to make it look like small crumbs. I don't have a pastry blender so I tried both a fork and a potato ricer before I just gave up and used my hands. The dough was pretty dry but the recipe seemed like it was supposed to be that way.
We baked them and they looked fine, but they taste like cornbread-flavored dirt. They have that nice sweet corn taste, and held together reasonably well during baking, but they're really dry and crumbly. They would only be tolerable with a LOT of warm honey and butter. I can't figure out if all drop biscuits are supposed to be like this, or if I did something wrong. But, yuck. And T didn't even finish her whole biscuit. I think it might be a hard sell this week.
I'm not even going to bother to leave you the recipes. But I'd love your sympathy :) It's so disheartening to spend a bunch of time cooking, only to find that the result is downright yucky. Sad.