When Deb e-mailed me to ask if I wanted to join in on this years’ Summerfest, I was all in. It’s a cross-blog food event that celebrates the very best fruit and vegetable bounty that the Summer season has to offer. This is the third year of Summerfest, but my first time joining in the fun. Every Wednesday, participating blogs will feature the fruit or vegetable of the week (schedule below), so you’ll get a fantastic round-up of what to do with what your CSA or farmer’s market is bringing your way. What better way to get inspired? If you’d like to join in the fun, check out the directions below.
The group of foodies participating in this weekly event is a great Who’s Who of the food blogging and even TV world (hello Food Network and Scripps folks!). Below is the list of who is writing about CukesnZukes this week (posts will appear late tonight/tomorrow, so be sure to stop by and check out what everyone’s cooking, and get some awesome tips on what to do with your produce.
So my contribution? Indian Cucumber Wraps. I first made these babies a few years ago, inspired by something an old neighbor shared with me. They are crazy simple to make, and nearly fall into my clean eating regime. In fact, so close that I allow it every now and again. Easy to make, satisfying and a great unique spin on using your cukes this week (recipe at bottom of post).
Margaret Roach from A Way to Garden
Why size matters (and smaller is better). Pickling tips/tricks, and freezing the excess.
Michelle Buffardi – Cooking Channel’s Devour/The Blog (Scripps):
Ten Things You Didn’t Know You Could Make with Zucchini
Alison SickelkaA/Food2 blog (Scripps)
On Summerfect Appetizers
Michelle Buffardi of Food dish/FN
Paula’s Best Zucchini Bread Plus Five Riffs
Summerfest Cukes and Zukes
Paige Smith Orloff of The Sister Project
On excess! Why I hate zucchini, plus pickling commentary and Summer Squash Bread Pudding recipe.
Diane and Todd/White on Rice Couple
On Prosciutto, Sour Cream and Feta Stuffed Cucumbers.
Kelly Senyei of Just a Taste
Cucumber + Sesame Salad, along with step-by-step photo illustrations of cucumbers being sliced on a mandoline.
Jennifer Iannolo of Food Philosophy
Cucumber Beauty Treatment
Chef Mark Tafoya
Summerfest 2010 – CukesnZukes
On Summer Squash Dossier
On Mark’s Chilled Cucumber Mint Soup
Caroline at The Wright Recipes
On Cucumber Salad
…and Marinated Summer Squash Salad
Caron Golden of San Diego Food Stuff
Cucumber and Radish Confetti Soup and Zucchini Pancakes
Tigress in a Pickle with Can Jam July Round-Up: Cucurbits
Alana Chernila from Eating from the Ground Up
Cucumber Mint Sorbet with Lime Shortbread
Nicole at Pinch My Salt
Grilled Zucchini with Lemon and Olive Oil
Tara Weaver at Tea and Cookies
Stuffed Zucchini, Zucchini “Noodles” and Zucchini Pickles
Shauna James Ahern of Gluten-Free Girl
Cold Cucumber Soup with Dill and Mint made into Popsicles
Alice at Alice Q Foodie
Judy at Tuscan Diva
HOW YOU CAN JOIN IN SUMMER FEST:
Giving back makes the experience even better. Have a recipe or tip that fits any of our weekly themes? Starting with our posts of Wednesday, July 28, for five Wednesdays through 8/25 and possibly longer, you can contribute in various ways, big or small.
Contribute a whole post, or a comment—whatever you wish. It’s meant to be fun, viral, fluid. No pressure, just delicious. The possibilities:
Simply leave your tip or recipe or favorite links in the comments below a Summer Fest post on my blog any upcoming Wednesday, and then go visit my collaborators and do the same.
The cross-blog event idea works best when you leave your recipe or favorite links (whether to your own blog or someone else’s) at all the host blogs. That way, they are likely to be seen by the widest audience. Everyone benefits, and some pretty great dialog starts simmering.
Or think bigger: Publish entire posts of your own, if you wish, and grab the juicy Summer Fest 2010 tomato badge (illustrated by Matt of Mattbites).
Upcoming Summerfest 2010 Posting Schedule
8/11: herbs, greens, and beans
8/18: stone fruit
July 27, 2010, Photo #134
Had this for breakfast. Toasted multi-grain bread, sauteed mushrooms, egg. Delish.
Indian Cucumber Wraps
Recipe courtesy of Bert and Cate
1 Kirby cucumber, diced in small pieces
1 onion, peeled and sliced thin
chick pea flour (Besan)
To taste: salt, pepper, sugar, Garam Masala
In a medium sauce pan, heat up a little bit of olive oil and add the cucumber and onion. Saute until they soften and add approximately a teaspoon of Besan, stir. Season with pinches of salt, pepper, sugar and Garam Masala to taste. Saute for another minute or two to give flavors a chance to marry. (As you can see from the picture, I let the onions get to the caramelized stage) In the meantime, put one Roti on paper towel in microwave for 15 seconds just to warm up and soften. When done, fill Roti with cucumber and onion mixture, roll up and devour.
I dipped in a mixture of part sour cream, part chutney, but it is just as good on its own.
Yield: 1 wrap
Juls @ Juls' Kitchen says
Happy to be able to get to know so many interesting blogs thanks to Summer Fest!
As requested, let’s start cross commenting and visiting blogs! This is my post, a quinoa tart with raw baby zucchini and sun dried tomatoes!
I love the idea of summerfest! No one should have an excuse for why they can’t appreciate summer produce, least of all that they “don’t know what to do with it”. This sounds like one tasty sandwich filling!
I love zucchini with curry!!! by never tried as a wrap! FAB
here is my entry from Tuscany!
Sounds like a lot of great recipes are coming up from everyone.
My Persian Kitchen says
Oohhh that looks delicious!!! My contribution to the Summer Fest is Cucumber, Feta, & Walnut. A very yummy and refreshing combination!
Todd Merkel says
Great Blog.. and great recipe ides.
I’m starting to get flooded with cukes and zukes and shared some of my own pickling recipes on my blog, as well as how to make italian walnut liqueur , Nocino ( it’s super easy and ridiculously good )
all the best.
Wow, summerfest sounds like fun! I am excited to get a lot of new ideas and share some of my own. I’m a newbie blogger but really enjoying it so far!
Please check out my Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread:
One Hungry Mama says
Excited to join the Summer Fest fray this year! Just posted my tangy Wilted Cucumber & Radish Salad:
And Paula Deen’s zucchini bread, also part of the Summer Fest fun, reminded me of my perfect family finger food, Zucchini Muffins, great for toddlers up to big kids (including the big kid in you!):
Can’t wait to try the other zukes and cukes recipe. This one is particularly intriguing. I’ve never cooked cucumbers with heat!
I didn’t get to plant zucchini this year. But I happily find myself receiving zucchinis grown in friends’ gardens. What fun.
I have fresh zucchini to make my favorite zucchini bread. I’ve used this recipe for years. I’ve tried others, but always come back to this Wisconsin farm-woman’s recipe. Here’s a link to the recipe and a story about garden-giving reciprocity. http://food-fun.wisconsinfood.com/edible_antics/2008/09/food-fun—givi.html
Stacey Ballis says
Check out my post on Zucchini Pasta with Chicken…my favorite summer dinner!
That looks so yummy. I’ve never tried cooking cucumbers but you’ve inspired me!
My contribution to Summer Fest is a cucumber salad with garlicky yogurt and dill
Caroline Wright says
Thanks for the shout-out! These wraps look great– and actually what I want right now, after having spent my day in a test kitchen. Wanna share?
Check out my Marinated Summer Squash Salad and my Cucumber Salad with Lemons and Poppy Seeds at my blog, http://www.thewrightrecipes.com.
So happy to be feasting at the Summer Fest 2010 with you!
I’m so excited about SummerFest! My zucchini’s are going crazy so I’ve been constantly working on new recipes for them these past few weeks! This year, my favorites include:
Garlic Ginger Zucchini Pickles
Whole Wheat Zucchini Bread with Chocolate Chunks & Ginger
Southwestern Garden Succotash (which actually features a number of garden vegetables coming up on the SummerFest line-up)
and, from a previous post, my favorite lentil salad which is best with fresh cucumbers and basil from the garden
Can’t wait to peruse the other recipes! I’m going to be eating our zucchini for weeks!
I make a lot of wraps and will certainly try this treat. Wonderful idea this summerfest, seeing so many great recipes for the hot days. This Cucumber Pineapple Salad is an old favorite of mine/ http://dejavucook.wordpress.com/2010/07/15/cucumber/-pineapple-salad/
Hooray for Summer Fest! I’d like to submit these zucchini “noodles” with avocado garlic dressing:
As well as this refreshing cucumber sorbet:
And some good old reliable lacto-fermented pickles (a recipe that’s really adaptable; I just made a batch with garlic, tarragon and chile pepper)
I’m really looking forward to reading everyone’s recipes…and I’ll try to do a dedicated Summer Fest post next week ;)
White On Rice Couple says
wow, we love Indian food! These cucumber wraps are so fresh, definitely another great recipe to add to our Indian inspired recipe collection.
Nancy (guinnah) says
those look delicious – what a fun and different way to prepare cucumbers! Our own plants are starting to go crazy and are practically growing in front of our eyes!
I recently posted a favorite way to use zucchini here:
I never actually considered dicing up cucumbers and sauteeing them–that seems like such a zucchini thing to do, but this is much more adventurous. I’ll have to try it, thanks!
Over at our Green Thumb Geeks, my wife Emily just jumped into the Summer Fest fray with a great simple recipe for this week’s theme: Cucumber, Tomato, and Red Onion Salad:
Also, we have a recipe for Bread and Butter pickles from a few weeks back that any pickle-lover would enjoy:
Finally, there’s our take on grilled zucchini and summer squash:
Thanks for putting this together!
I’m late joining the party but here’s my contribution to the fun… Ice box pickles and Zucchini Ribbons in a Hazelnut butter sauce.
Those cucumber wraps sound delicious! I’ll definitely be making these tomorrow night! Have you ever thought about sticking in some protein though? I’ll probably throw on some chickpeas, specifically these seasoned ones from Tasty Bite. I’ve been throwing their Chunky Chickpeas in and on everything. Definitely give it a try – their whole line is vegetarian too. Thanks for the great recipe and bon appetit! I’ll let you know how mine turned out.
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Nancy Spancer says
The cucumber wrap looks great. Thanks for sharing.
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Its is super important that I use Kirby cucumbers? I cant seem to find them anywhere!
Regular are fine!
Matthew Fridley says
I love this recipe. I will try this at home.
Thanks for sharing this recipe.