Summer lunch.

Dog days of summer. Don’t feel like being in the kitchen. But an artist friend brought cucumbers from her garden, lots of them. So I made creamed cucumber soup and chilled it yesterday.

That, a slice of bread, and a cutlet of ground beef and potatoes was our lunch. Topped it with sweet watermelon of course.

It was so good.

About Zakiah

I write poetry and some fiction, have a book that was published in 2012. . . Stray Thoughts/Winged Words. I have four grandchildren, ages 16 and half to almost 16 months. I love the ocean, and grew up along the Indian Ocean in South India. I am a retired physician. Don't know much else to say. Thanks for reading. That has been my profile for so many years. My daughter Saadia a great poet and story teller, has two sons; the oldest grandson is now 21 years old, doing architectural engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla MO. His younger brother is almost 16 and taking driving lessons seriously and is in High School. The other two grandsons, children of my son Sayeed, are 9 and 5. I have recently published another book titled Gulistan, A home of Flowers. It has stories and memories of my childhood and of a distant land which I still consider as my HOME., even though I have lived here in the US for more than fifty years. Hope to see you on my blog.
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25 Responses to Summer lunch.

  1. slmret says:

    I use a lot of cucumbers — slice them and marinate in solution of 3T sugar + 1T rice vinegar. They’re crisp and fresh, and make a wonderful accompaniment to any of my chicken or salmon meals! A cold soup sounds delightful too!

    • Zakiah says:

      I love cold soups in summer, Janet. I will try the marinade of rice vinegar and sugar too. Are you okay using the vinegar? I thought you couldn’t take much of acidic things. Hope it is not as hot there as in PD.

      • slmret says:

        The vinegar is ok — my problem is not so much with acids as with purines, a component of proteins. I sometimes also slice 1/2 onion with the cucumbers, and add a little minced ginger. Once combined, the cucumbers last for several days in the marinade! It’s about 30 degrees less here than in PD — and about 10 degrees lower here than even 5 or 10 miles farther inland. The ocean is a wonderful modulator for the weather, and, as the crow flies, I’m only about a mile from the sea — there’s a hill that blocks some of the cool air, but it’s much more comfortable here than the temps you’ve likely seen in the news (although it is more humid here than farther inland, so feels warmer)!

    • Zakiah says:

      One mile from the coast? I am envious Janet. I thank you for the cucumber marinade recipe. I will do that.

  2. mrswrangler says:

    Looks like a wonderful lunch. I am grilling a bunch more. I get tired of standing over the hot stove.

    • Zakiah says:

      grilling is good. do you do it or does your husband grill the meats? We had a big grill (a gift) with an attached fridge, and a gas stove attached also beside the grilling bit in the middle. Problem was, i was the only one doing it. My husband didn’t do much at all and so i gave up. It stood like that for about four years, got rusted, got a crack in one of the pipes going into the grill. So we got rid of it.
      Now, my husband says he won’t mind grilling. I told him to go buy a simple one and start grilling. I doubt if he will do it.

  3. Simple lunches are the best. I only munched on some pop corn for lunch today (I know… ). Pls stay safe!

  4. murisopsis says:

    Can you share the cucumber soup? Sparky has been gifted 2 cucumbers that are well over a foot long and I don’t know what we are going to do with them!! It does look tasty!

    • Zakiah says:

      When Saadia says, “mom, it is amazing!” i want to do a somersault. She is always very critical of food.
      I peel the skin off the cucumbers. Slice in the middle, and remove the seeds as much as you can.
      Oil about 2 TBSP
      Chop the peeled cucumbers in small pieces, about three to four cups.
      Chop a medium onion, a couple of cloves of garlic, minced or sliced thin
      Balsamic vinegar 1 TBSP
      3 -4 cups of chicken broth,
      salt/pepper 1/2 tsp each or more. I add more because if you don’t use enough salt and pepper, you will get the taste of cucumber overwhelming.
      1/2 tsp red chili powder
      1 Avocado diced
      1/2 cup plain yogurt
      1/2 cup heavy cream.
      Parsley or cilantro a few sprigs.
      In a deep pan, heat the oil, and saute the onions and the garlic till translucent, about 2 mins. Add balsamic vinegar and stir well. Add the cucumber, the spices, the avocado, yogurt and the cream
      Now add the chicken broth and let this boil. cover with lid and turn the heat off. The vegetable will become softer.
      After about ten minutes or so, blend this in a mixer. Val, what i do, is with a slotted spoon, get the cucumber pieces out first and put them in the blender and blend them smooth.
      Finally add the remaining liquid and blend till everything is well mixed. Pour in a large bowl and Chill it in the refrigerator

      The recipe looks long Val, but actually it is very easy and quick.

  5. Rupali says:

    Wonderful lunch idea.
    We are also consuming our share of watermelons 🙂

    • Zakiah says:

      do you make watermelon shurbath? It is so refreshing in these hot days.

    • Zakiah says:

      Nothing is easier than making the tarbooz sharbuth. Take the pieces out, about a cup or two, put them in a blender, with water about two cups, and sugar to taste.I add about three heaping TBSP of it. Blend and pour it in a jug and enjoy it. Typical Hyderabadi drink in summer. Mother used to add a few drops of kewdha or rose water. You HAVE to add the sugar, it doesn’t taste good if you don’t add it. Enjoy.
      My children love it.

    • Zakiah says:

      remember to not make it thick like a smoothie. That’s why you add more water and of course the sugar. I should be the consistency of something between orange juice and lemonade. Not too thick, not too thin.

  6. Your summer lunch is perfect, SweetZ! 🙂 I know it hit the spot on a warm, humid-y day! 🙂
    I LOVE cucumbers and watermelon! So refreshing and satisfying!
    We do some grilling in the summer…and never just one thing at a time…we grill extra and then have the meat and veggies for another recipe/meal or two.
    We even love to grill fruit…like peaches, pineapple, pears…we make a fun fruit kabob.
    Nice not to have to turn on the oven on warm days. 🙂
    (((HUGS))) 🙂

    • Zakiah says:

      I am sure living in an arid climate where the heat can be severe, you enjoy grilling. I love grilled food. I expect the man of the house to grill. But he is too busy with Golf and TV and Sudoku. So I refused to go out in the hot sun and grill. read my response to Mrs.wrangler’s comment. 😦 😉

  7. beowulf says:

    Yummy. Chilled cucumber or tomato soup can be a real joy.

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