CUCUMBER THREE WAYS; CUCUMBER-SAKE-GIN MARTINI, CUCUMBER CARPACCIO AND CUCUMBER LIME GRANITA

This month’s Creative Cooking Crew theme was either a fruit or vegetable presented three different ways.

I decided on fruit…that gorgeous cucumber…refreshing, low cal and delicious.

Cucumber Sake-Gin Martini:

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I used cucumber, of course, frozen grapes, gin, sake and lime juice adapting this recipe from Epicurious.com.

Cucumber Carpaccio:

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Greek yogurt seasoned with mint and basil, basil mint infused virgin olive oil, salt and pepper.

Finally, a refreshing Cucumber-Lime Granita:

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The granita was just simple syrup, cucumber juice of one lime and its zest.  One of the most refreshing things I have ever tasted.  I am hooked on granitas.

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BUEN PROVECHO!

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20 Responses to CUCUMBER THREE WAYS; CUCUMBER-SAKE-GIN MARTINI, CUCUMBER CARPACCIO AND CUCUMBER LIME GRANITA

  1. Val Harrison says:

    All three are very creative dishes Norma, hence the name Creative (and talented) Cooking Crew:D

  2. Very creative and refreshing ideas, Norma! Great job!

  3. It is no wonder you and Joan are such good friends. You share this insane creativity that I so admire. These recipes are just another example of a good mind put to good use!

  4. Que delicioso se ve todo!!! Recetas diferentes y deben ser muy refrescantes!! Las fotos espectaculares! Un abrazo!

  5. Beautiful! as always. I want to be hooked on granitas! and I so want that Cucumber Carpaccio

  6. Both granita and carpaccio are stunning! Beautiful presentation!

  7. Inesita says:

    Loved the Granita presentation. Now I’ve had your Cucumber/Sake Martinis & its just yummy &
    very refreshing — but I’m ready for a GRANITA like right about AHORA…..LOL
    As to the Carpaccio, sounds interesting– a new challenge to my palate!!
    U’re the Best!

  8. m2 says:

    beautiful…and cucumbers are so good for you!

  9. Joan Nova says:

    Love what you did with this challenge — 3 perfect summer recipes and beautiful presentations.

  10. Lori Lynn says:

    Most refreshing! So summery. Awesome Norma!
    And happy birthday too!
    LL

  11. Marisa says:

    Cucumber is one of my favorites. It really is so refreshing. I love all three of your dishes because they allow the cucumber to really shine!

  12. Laz says:

    Great job with this challenge. The martini looks boss.

    Bravo.

  13. A great choice and a challenging one I find, I am especially sold on the cocktail!

  14. Nothing says summer like cucumber. All of your takes on the nimble fruit are glorious. I want to do the carpaccio tomorrow!

  15. These are all so inspired and refreshing takes on cucumber – I love it!

  16. Karen says:

    Great ideas…I especially like your granita as it sounds so refreshing.

  17. Victoria says:

    This is lovely! I too really enjoy how fresh cucumbers are (totally prefer cucumber water to lemon water), and your trio consists of three very refreshing components! Yum.

  18. Norma you have taken an often over looked vegetable and transformed it into the cucumber belle of the ball.

  19. Trix says:

    You KNOW you had me at martini! That looks sooo refreshing and good.

  20. Shannon says:

    3 great ways to prepare cucumber for sure, but i’m all about that carpaccio! love it, perfect for summer months :)

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