Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Aunt Pauline's Cucumber-Onion Salad
Mother and her sisters were all wonderful cooks, but Pauline was the best of the lot. At 93, she is nearly blind and quite frail, but she is still a charming southern lady.
She can no longer cook, but she will be happy to know I'm passing on some of her recipes. Here is a simple summer salad that is surprisingly good with almost any meat. Eating it makes me think of summer vacations in Texas.
1 small onion, or 1/2 of a large onion, sliced and rings separated
1 nice cucumber, peeled and sliced
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup vinegar
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. oil
What to do:
Slice the onion and cucumber and put them into a jar. Mix other ingredients, adjusting sugar and salt to taste if needed. Bring to a boil so sugar melts. Cool and then pour over the onions and cucumbers. Refrigerate for several hours, or overnight. Serves 4 to 6.
Add some chopped parsley, a pinch of dill or fennel, or some sesame seeds if you'd like to change it a bit.